The walk combines the two attractive villages of Crosby Ravensworth and Maulds Meaburn before heading on to the moors. It is a quiet and unspoilt shortish walk in this rarely visited part of the country.
The River Lyvennet villages of Crosby Ravensworth and Maulds Meaburn are a couple of hidden gems. They are tucked away in an unfashionable part of the Cumbrian Pennines between Appleby and the M6 at Shap. To be honest before I visited I did not even know that it existed. There is some good walking country nearby, some lonely moors although they are not particularly high, As a result the villages are unspoilt and the better for it. Crosby Ravensworth is best remembered for a church that really does look like a mini cathedral, Maulds Meaburn (which is really two villages) more so for a palatial old country house being the centre for a performing arts school.
I visited on a warm misty Autumn day and enjoyed a real sense of undiscovered peace. It was a satisfying feel and a walk of discovery. The River Lyvennet runs road side through the villages and adds to the air of tranquility. In addition sheep park themselves in the centre of the villages. The walk itself took me to Reagill Grange, Crake Trees Manor and to Wickerslack farm. As this included a short climb there were some interesting views towards the Eden Valley.
It is possible to combine this walk with a longer one over the moors from Crosby Ravensworth walk for a real understanding of the area.
This type of walk is excellent for practicing compass bearings. Where a path crosses an open field there may not be an obvious path on the ground. Therefore take a bearing, follow it and hopefully you will arrive at the next wall exactly where the stile/gate is.
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