- From the Market Place go to High Cross Street. At the main road junction go right, cross the zebra crossing and follow the footway passing the Brampton Playhouse and up the steps onto The Moat. A huge glacier left this long ridge behind as it melted. Saxons held their councils on a mound, “The Moat” which they constructed on the highest end of the ridge. At its centre is an imposing bronze statue of the 7th Earl of Carlisle from nearby Naworth Castle, who died in 1864.
- Descend into the lane running up the north side of the wooded hill. After a kissing-gate wander along the top of the pasture. Soon a metal kissing-gate right gives access into Ridgewood, the Woodland Trust land running along Brampton Ridge. Walk beside the row of beech trees, there are great views all along this section.
- Go through the squeeze stiles, and continue along the path. Follow way-marking down through a young coniferous planting to a kissing-gate. The path joins a bridleway, keep sharp right to a gate entering a green lane. Pass a well-sited seat, which gives a lovely view from Craggle Hill and Haytongate round by the distant hills of Christianbury Crags and the Liddlesdale hills to the table-topped Burnswark and Criffel to the west. The bridle-lane exits into a minor road, turn right rising over the brow to meet the Lanercost road.
- Directly opposite a metal kissing-gate draws the walk into the woodland passing on down to come by Quarrybeck Cottage and then along Quarry Beck. Go past the workshops be careful crossing the road and continue alongside the beck. Cross the footbridge to meet the Naworth road. Go left down the narrow hollow-way to arrive at the Lanercost road between the old corn mill and the former Abbey Bridge Hotel (both now B&Bs). Cross Abbey Bridge.
- Pass through the picnic area and walk along the road verge beyond the entrance to the tearoom car park to reach the kiosk and bus stop opposite the handsome stone gateway entrance to Lanercost Priory.
Estimated walk time:
2 1/2 hours
Brampton Market Place (Grid Ref: NY 531 612)
Moot Hall, Market Place, Brampton Tel: 016977 3433
AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus (between Easter and October)
Ordnance Survey Map:
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 315
Places to eat and drink:
Off the Wall Tearoom (Brampton) and Lanercost Tearoom & Art Gallery
Other walks in this area:
Many walks around Brampton and the River Irthing.