Local Walks

Local Walks - Introduction

The 1911 clock tower is made up of part of the original Market Cross (the upper part above the clock). It is said that the tower is sited over St. Mary's Well, once a place of pilgrimage which attracted many visitors to Brough.

If you cross the road here towards the shop, and look down the first alley on your left to two cottages converted from the Hole-in-the-Wall Inn.

The shop next door was the George and Dragon. Behind it stood a chantry or small chapel, founded in 1506, with two hospital beds for travellers.

You'll see one of Brough's typical cobbled yards just before Swan House which was originally the White Swan Inn, dating from 1770, where coaches departed to Newcastle, London and Carlisle.

The next two cottages were the Shoulder of Mutton Inn, followed by the Malt Shovel Inn. Next door but one is Old Hall, thought to be the oldest remaining house in the village, dating from the early 17th century. At one time it was one of four 'gentleman's academies' in Brough. The building beyond bears traces of the doorways and arches of the coaching stables of Old Hall.

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These walks are included as an opportunity to those who just need a bit of encouragement to get out into our lovely countryside. All walks are within a few miles of Brough, are circular, roughly four miles and about two hours duration, not allowing for long stops or picnics. Remember to obey the Countryside Code, and wear stout footwear. A whistle and compass [GPS?], basic first aid and extra clothing should be carried for emergencies. Ordnance Survey Map OS19 would be useful for detail and noting local landmarks.
This walk is around Birkett Common. An easy walk with lovely views. Start and finish near the cattle grid at the west end of the Tommy Road. (Approach from Kirkby Stephen on the Sedbergh Road half a mile past Kirkby Stephen Station, then left after one and a half miles at very sharp left turn signposted Mallerstang.

After 100 yards or so, park off the road near the cattle grid and walk down the road, ignoring footpath signs until you get to the bottom of the hill where you take a Public Bridleway to the left. Follow this, with the wall on your left. Where the wall turns away keep on and slightly right to pass under the railway. Go through a gate and down between walls to Croup House Farm.

In front of the farmhouse go down a track to the right to the bottom corner of the field, pausing to note the remains of Lammerside Castle and then take the right of two gates to follow a track which soon meets the River Eden. In places the track is boggy but the worst patches can easily be avoided, usually to the right. After half a mile bear right and follow the track for a further three quarters of a mile, with the opportunity to admire lovely views of Mallerstang Common and the River Eden.

You meet a road, which is the eastern end of the Tommy Road. Here you can go down the road and over the bridge to explore a second castle - Pendragon Castle, otherwise turn right up the hill. After half a mile you will see the railway line on your left. Where the line goes into a tunnel, turn right off the road and take a slightly rising line below a radio mast, to reach the summit of Birkett Common and get a lovely view over Kirkby Stephen and the Eden Valley. Retrace your steps, but this time bear to the right of the radio mast to arrive back at the road. Follow the road back to the start, with easy walking on the grassy sides.

A new history website is looking for heritage trails in villages and small towns. If anyone thinks they can provide a history walk that promotes the heritage on offer in our village to a wider audience, see

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