The Rickerby Park Loop is one of my regular go to walks for many reasons: it is flat and great for all wheels/legs, the car park at the Sheepmount is free, and there is a great children’s park at the beginning, or end, depending when you want to use your bribe to get the kids round the 3 mile loop! It is local to the Carlisle area so a perfect route during lockdown rules! 

There are plenty of things to keep your children entertained during this walk – great hills for them to pick up speed on their bikes or scooters, a lovely river to throw stones in and sometimes there are a few cows to dodge!

Please note there are two very small sections of the walk that require some caution: 

– going out of Bitts Park and past The Turf pub up to Trinity School, this short section sometimes has cars driving past so hand holding is a must for little ones! 

– coming out of Rickerby Park you are to go over Eden Bridge. This can be a very busy road and while there is a large pavement, and you are only on it for a very short time, I often disembark from any bikes or scooters and push them over this bridge. 

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