Walking and Cycling around Orton – Cumbria’s Hidden Gem

Orton near Penrith in the east of Cumbria is a location not everyone visiting the area will have heard of. Tucked away to the east of M6 between junctions 38 and 39, it is a definite recommendation for walking and really get away from it all.

Orton and its surrounding areas are extremely fertile in term of wildlife and flora with nearby Great Asby Scar, a National Nature Reserve, is a must visit for all. The limestone pavements are quite unbelievable and this area represents the best example remaining in Britain today. It is also a completely different landscape to that on the other side of the motorway over to the Lake District yet still as stunning.

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The limestone pavements of Orton and Great Asby Scar and the Tebay Services Hotel

From Orton, leisurely mid length and longer walks can all be started. Walk around Orton Scar on a 5 mile route or take in Great Asby Scar as well which lengthens the route to either 9.5 or 12 miles. The 9.5 mile route takes around 4 – 5 hours but there are so many walks to choose from in the area, all of which have details and information that can be found on VisitEden.co.uk website here, http://www.visiteden.co.uk/outdoor-adventures/walking-in-eden.

But being a quiet part of Cumbria means the area is popular with cyclists taking in the scenery along the infrequently used back roads. Head further south towards the Howgills or north towards Crosby Ravensworth and Appleby in Westmorland where cyclists will eat up the miles and the only traffic jams will be from sheep!

Cyclist and walker friendly accommodation close by can be found at the Tebay Services Hotel just 2 minutes from the M6 and 5 minutes from Orton. Having had Team Sky stay during the Cumbria stage of the Tour of Britain last year, they know what to expect.
**Please remember when venturing on any of these scars and fells, take an OS map, compass, whistle and torch especially in the winter months and have appropriate footwear and clothing.**