Why we love this walk
A lovely walk exploring the incredible history of the small town of Longtown.
This 1.5 mile circular route is a great opportunity to learn more of Longtown and see the stunning views of the surrounding areas. The church, dated back to 1609, is a magnificent sight that I am sure children will be amazed by. Please note, some of this route is on quiet countryside roads – please be extremely careful with your little ones when walking.
This is a short, flat walk. The terrain is a mixture of town pavements, countryside roads and grassy footpaths, if choosing to take the circular route please note the terrain does become quite difficult underfoot once going beyond the church. If you’re walking with younger children I would recommend walking the linear route from Esk Bank to the church and back.
Note: Some sections can get muddy, suitable footwear is advised. There is a very small gate half way through this walk making the circular route unsuitable for pushchairs. The linear route is pram accessible.
We used free, off road parking on Esk Bank. This is also within close distance to Longtown Play Area. Postcode: CA6 5PT.
Longtown Community Centre
Quiet country roads.
St Michael and All Angels Church.
The circular route beyond the church.
Starting on Esk Bank head towards the town centre and up onto Esk Street. Take a right onto English Street and continue walking on the pavement, you will soon see Longtown Community Centre ahead of you (picture one). When you reach the community centre turn right onto Arthuret Road. Follow this track for approximately half a mile (picture two). You will soon see St Michael’s and All Angels Church in the distance ahead of you (picture three). If you wanted to extend your walk slightly you could carry on walking past the church where you soon come to a wooded area on your left. This is said to be the location of The Battle of Solway Moss.
Here you can either turn back on yourself, and retrace your steps back to the car, or you can walk through the church grounds where you will see a national footpath sign. Head through this gate and turn right. Follow the grassy footpath down the hill where you will come to a small bridge to cross (picture four). Continue along this grassy footpath until you return back to where you began your walk on Esk Bank.
Please note, I would not recommend the circular route for those walking with small children. The terrain is very difficult and can be wet in places. Walking boots would be advised for the circular route. The linear route, to the church and back, is pram accessible.
Don’t forget to enjoy Longtown play area at the end of your walk, this can be found just behind Esk Bank at the start/end of your walk. See Strava map for the full route.
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