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Walk 59 - Shap Abbey

This wonderful short walk explores, in my opinion, one of the undiscovered treasures in Cumbria, Shap Abbey. Get away from the crowds of the Lake District with this real gem of a walk.



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walk summary

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starting Point: Keld
  • OS Map: Explorer OL 5

This wonderful short walk explores, in my opinion, one of the undiscovered treasures in Cumbria, Shap Abbey.


The walk starts off in the picturesque village of Keld, before passing through some lovely farmland to the Abbey. Shap Abbey, which was built in 1199 was the last Abbey to be founded in England, and the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540 during the reformation. Itís impressive West bell tower still stands today. The remains of this wonderful building are located next to the River Lowther and make it an ideal location for a summer picnic.


You then return across fields and along a wall-lined path before viewing Keld Chapel, as you enter the village itself.

shepherd's notes

This walk is good under foot and is also suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

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