Coombs Wood is nestled adjacent to the River Eden between Carlisle and Penrith in a small village called Armathwaite. The woods can be located from the centre of the village and we find the best place to park is on the roadside by the bridge.
The 2 mile route that we take begins underneath the bridge where there are steps down to the riverbank. Here you go underneath the bridge and head south following the River Eden, which should be on your right hand side. Be careful here as the first section of this route is difficult terrain. There are lots of tree roots and when wet it can be slippery. For an easier route you could access Coombs Wood via the Fox and Pheasant pub. This is where our loop finished today.
The children absolutely adored these woods!! There was so much for them to discover, they spent the first half of the walk collecting leaves, conkers and acorns! There are also some wonderful stone sculptures to see here. We could have played for hours in these woods, it is well sheltered from all the elements and a lovely little place to let the children run free! We even saw some sheep and cows on the route back to the car which always proves a huge success! This walk is also a hit with dog walkers.
This walk is part of the Forestry England Woodland Walks. Coombs Wood is a working forest and therefore some trails can be closed at times due to forest operations, or damage caused by recent storms. For all up to date information on the trails at Coombs Wood please access the Forestry England website here.