Temple Sowerby & the Knight’s Templar

  • Short walk near Penrith
  • Pleasant riverside section
  • Some grand buildings to explore

History enticed me to Temple Sowerby, history in the form of the grand old buildings and gardens  at Acorn Bank and the sense of history coming from anything to do with that slightly dodgy religious order of the Knight’s Templar. In fact I was pleasantly surprised by the village itself, a feeling of spaciousness combined with a lovely old church and a Maypole (reminding me of my own Long Preston). Newbiggin at the north end of the walk is also a pretty village but the better features of the walk are along the banks of the Crowdundle Bank before it merges with the River Eden itself. It is a peaceful place for a short walk full of interest.

Recommend: Spend some times in the gardens of the Acorn Bank and the old mill which is claimed by the National Trust to hold up to 250 species of medicinal and culinary plants

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgill Fells & the Upper Eden Buy Map
Start Point: NY611271. I parked next to the lovely church & large green
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Terrain: A mix of quiet lanes and a rougher riverside path. The driveway out the grounds is lovely.
Eating & Drinking: The King's Arms is a fine old coaching inn at Temple Sowerby
Similar Walks Nearby: Appleby and the River Eden
Dacre & Dalemain
High Cup Nick
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