A Brough Circular

  • Enjoy the ruins of Brough Castle
  • Views over Mickle Fell throughout the walk
  • A mix of open fields, villages and quiet lanes

Brough Castle forms the centre piece of a walk to the south of Brough and an area I simply knew nothing about. With the vast slopes of Mickle Fell offering a backdrop the walk is full of interest, particularly in the 2nd half when it crosses the A685  and in to pretty Brough Sowerby. There are some attractive riverside sections, an old Roman fort, 2 castles and plenty of human interest within the villages. Livestock abound with a particularly feisty herd of cows frollicking near Ausgill Castle hotel but really this walk is about the remains of Castle Brough, one of the best in the area. Oh yes and this one too was owned for a while by Lady Anne Clifford.

Brough’s real claim to fame though was in the 18th and 19th century when it was a major staging post between England and Scotland, so popular that at one time there were 12 ‘inns’ vying for trade. How times have changed.

Recommend: Extend the walk in to the village of Great Musgrave

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgill Fells & the Upper Eden Buy Map
Start Point: NY148795
Height to Climb: 76 ms (249 feet)
Terrain: A mix of quiet lanes and rather indistinct (but signposted) paths over rough farmland
Eating & Drinking: There is a choice of 3 pubs and a tea shop in Brough. I will be honest I am not sure which is the best.
Similar Walks Nearby: Appleby & the River Eden
Smardale Gill & Moors
Cow Green Reservoir
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