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Walking and Cycling in Shap



The area around Shap offers opportunities for both on and off road cycling. Leaflets on local cycle rides can be found in our Cycling section.

Bike hire (including ebikes) are available at Lowther Castle with cycling routes across the estate and further afield.



There are routes suited to all levels of ability around Shap. Those venturing on to the High StreetWalkers at Shap range and the fells around Haweswater are afforded fantastic views. Local footpaths allow you to explore;

  • The Goggleby Stone and the hamlet of Keld
  • The hamlet of Rosgill, the banks of the River Lowther and Shap Abbey
  • Hardendale Nab with 360 degree views of the Pennines, the Howgills, Shap fells and the Eastern Lake District fells
  • The ‘concrete road’ low level circular route 5 miles via Keld, Ralfland Common and back along the village of Shap
  • The River Lowther at Stepps Hall with stepping stones on to Ralfland Common
  • A circular walk around Wet Sleddale, car parking at the reservoir
  • Swindale – a secluded valley walk taking in waterfalls and meadows, designated Special Site of Scientific Interest managed by RSPB
  • Knipe Scar affording views across the Lowther valley to Haweswater

Several long distance routes pass through Shap including Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast, The Westmorland Way, and The Miller’s Way.