Local Walks from Temple Sowerby

Temple Sowerby    –   River Eden

Footpaths to the River Eden from the village can be accessed from:

  • -Ousenstand Bridge (Morland Road)
  • -Between Briar Croft and Red Brows (east of the garage)
  • -Top of Vicarage lane
  • -Bridleway next to the Bowling Green
  • -Footpath at edge of the Cricket Field
  • -At Eden Bridge

Look out for the Millennium Benchmark, Oglebird Scar used by the Home Guard as a shooting range in WW2, the remains of the Eden Valley Railway Line and a footbridge.
Footpaths are shown on OS maps and can also be viewed on the   Cumbria Definitive Footpaths site here.

Temple Sowerby    –   The Moss

The Moss is an important woodland situated on the eastern side of Temple Sowerby.  It is wet and boggy and contains many varieties of water plants.  There is a footpath passing through the moss which can be accessed from the Lower Green between Mickle Bower and Moss Gate or opposite Red Brows on the old “A66”.  This is a short walk, but beware you will need well-fitting wellington boots when taking this footpath even in summer, and it is best to avoid after periods of prolonged rainfall.

Temple Sowerby – Acorn Bank – Newbiggin

The footpath takes you through the woodland at Acorn Bank and then along side Crowdundle Beck to Newbiggin where you can visit the Church of St Edmund. When open you can also visit the the Woodland, Gardens and Water Mill at Acorn Bank, National Trust (fee payable). The walk can be started from Temple Sowerby or Newbiggin. Click here for details.

Long Distance Walks Passing through Temple Sowerby

Lady Anne’s Way

This is a 100 mile walk from Skipton Castle to Penrith, passing through the Yorkshire Dales and into Cumbria and the hidden gem of the Upper Eden Valley.  Lady Anne Clifford is the inspiration for this walk, which passes through her vast estates and visits the Castles she lived in including Brougham, Appleby and Brough Castles.  The walk passes through nearby Kirkby Thore, along a footpath beside the River Eden to Ousenstand Bridge close to Temple Sowerby, before heading to Cliburn and then on to Brougham.  Temple Sowerby is a suggested stop for overnight accomodation.

For more about Lady Anne Clifford click here.

For the book that details the 6 or 9 day way click here.

The Eden Way

The Eden Way is an 83-mile long distance walk the follows the River Eden, from the sea to the source. The route runs through the beautiful Eden valley, mainly using riverside paths.  Most overnight stops are by a station on the Settle-Carlisle line, meaning easy access to side trips and accommodation.  The walk begins at the coast and the Solway Firth, then follows the River Eden through Carlisle, Armathwaite, Langwathby and Appleby, beneath the slopes of the Pennine hills, to Kirkby Stephen and then up to the spring which gives it life, on the Mallerstang ridge.  The walk passes through nearby Newbiggin, Acorn Bank Wood and Temple Sowerby.

Settle to Carlisle Way

This long distance walk closely follows the Settle to Carlisle Railway Line using public footpaths and bridleways that pass close to the route of the railway line.  At a more leisurely pace than the train you will take in stunning scenery, visit stations and see the Ribblehead Viaduct from a different perspective.  The walk can be done in full or in parts using the railway, as most sections of the walk end at stations.  The walk passes through Temple Sowerby which is one of the possible overnight stops.  Maps and a guidebook of this relatively new walk are available.