This section of the Way is 11 or 14.3 miles (18 or 23 Km) to Walton or Banks respectively. There is a gradual incline over the section of 60 metres from a starting height of 15 metres.
It is our strong recommendation that the end point should be in Banks so as to balance out the next section to Steel Riggs to similar lengths.
This section of the walk is best started close to the Castle on the
south bank of the Eden. Progressing east the riverside walk meanders
first round the edge of a golf course then shortly after the next
change in direction the way takes to the northern side.
As the path draws close to the bridge the surface changes from grass to a solid tarred pedestrian and cycle route.
Having crossed the Memorial Bridge the Way is now in Rickerby Park and
this is an attractive recreational park in the grounds of the Rickerby
House. To the left is an impressive War memorial that was seen earlier
from the other bank of the river.
The Way has left the City very quickly but modern life with all its noise is soon a reality as the path crosses over the busy M6 motorway.
As the noise starts to fade the walk again rejoins the Eden River on the banks between Broom and Crosby. This is farming countryside with a number of small village communities scattered in between.
Sandy Lane is a track heading north and taking the way back towards the
line of Hadrian's Wall that has been running in a parallel line but
approx. 1 Km further north, since leaving Carlisle's Centre.
The walking route is in a general NEE direction keeping close to the line of the Vallum all the way to the next small community at Newtown. Crossing the road it again heads off in the same direction to Heads Wood.
At Heads Wood there is a valley ahead before the countryside can be
seen to rise ahead and across woodlands on the way to Walton. Looking
to the right over the Irthing Valley in the distance are the Tindale
Fells. This is now more varied countryside with
small gradient changes bring attraction to the walk. A small burn has
to be crossed by narrow bridge close to Swainsteads.
From Walton the way drops in to the valley at King Water before
regaining elevation at Garthside. From here there is a steady climb and
improving views over the Irthing Valley as the walk goes up Craggle
Hill. From time to time there are small signs of Hadrian's Wall remains
and a section maintained by English Heritage is directly on the route
at Hare Hill.
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