Walk: Levens Hall, Cumbria

Celebrate the ins and outs of an Elizabethan country house on the edge of the Lakes with this 5 mile ramble around the countryside (with a pub stop too!)

9th August 2017
Difficulty
Moderate
Distance
6.5 miles
Duration
4 hours

Things are a lot quieter nowadays in this part of old Westmorland. Roll back to medieval times and there was constant attrition between Scottish invaders, cattle rustlers and unruly populace. So much so that a secure pele tower, a defensive structure, was built by the de Redman family at Levens, beside the waters of the River Kent in this corner of Morecambe Bay.

This strong stone edifice forms the core of the magnificent manor house seen by today’s visitors. The cosseted, clipped plants contrast with the wider country estate, which offers much pleasant rambling.

Levens Hall
Amble through the Topiary gardens at Levens Hall ©Alamy
Best foot forward

There is an easy five-mile walk that winds around Levens Hall through the Cumbrian countryside.

1. Map in hand

Armed with OS Explorer sheet OL7, head off through the landscaped parkland south of the river, curling north through a tranquil realm grazed by rare black fallow deer and the critically endangered Bagot goats, of which only a handful survive.

2. Abandoned canal

The River Kent itself has otters fishing its lively depths. Immediately beyond the A590 over-bridge, join the nearby waterless cut of the long-abandoned Lancaster Canal, an unexpected route to tiny Sedgwick hamlet.

Cattle grazing by the Lancaster Canal
                                   Cattle grazing by the Lancaster Canal. Photo: Getty

 

3. Across the water

From here head west on quiet lanes, cross the Kent at Wilson Place’s elegant footbridge and manoeuvre round to the sublime Strickland Arms for a helping of Cumbrian produce and beers.

4. One more look

Return to Levens on back lanes and another stretch of the hall’s estate. 

The lush Lyth Valley, running north from the mansion into the Lake District, offers more great options for walking and cycling. 

Find out more about Levens Hall, including admission and refreshments.

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