In recent years, exploring Carlisle has been a great experience and has taken Frances and me to many different locations - Harker in the north, Burgh by Sands in the west, Dalston and Raughton Head to the south and Heads Nook and Faugh in the East with many other places in between. It’s been an enjoyable adventure.

One walk that I have gradually developed over the last 18 months with the assistance of David Dixon, of Carlisle Ramblers is the 3 Rivers Walk, which is a pleasant 7 miler, on mainly level ground alongside Rivers Caldew, Eden and Petteril with a visit to Hammonds Pond thrown in.

‘Weeping Window’ at Carlisle Castle

Hadrian’s Wall Path that passes under Hardwick Circus to pass the Sands Centre on your right.

River Caldew at Denton Holme, Carlisle

A good place to start this walk is from Richardson Street, a wide road just off the Dalston to Carlisle road [B5299], to the north of Carlisle Cemetery. The Gatehouse Café is nearby and is conveniently located for refreshments after the walk. Park considerately at the far end of the street. Head downhill towards River Caldew via Holme Head Way. Turn left at the river to pass the former Holme Head Works, a former cotton mill established in 1865, using water power, generated by a weir across River Caldew.

At this point, you are in Rickerby Park - stay on the Hadrian’s Wall Path until you reach the Memorial Bridge, where you turn right to find River Petteril with Stony Hole Golf Corse to your left. Continue south-east alongside the river to pass Brunton Park, home of Carlisle United FC, on your right to reach the A69. Cross the road carefully to find a path that follows the west bank of the river across a pleasant open land at Melbourne Park with a picnic bench alongside a weeping willow tree and a weir. Head under the railway bridge on a narrower path but still alongside the river to climb a bank to reach the car park at B&Q.

River Petteril at Botcherby

Just a few words about the rivers and Hammonds Pond.

River Caldew – Source – Skiddaw, between the summit and Sale How. It passes through Hesket Newmarket, Sebergham, Raughton Head, Dalston with the mouth at the confluence with River Eden in Carlisle.

River Eden – Source – Black Fell Moss, Mallerstang. It passes through Kirkby Stephen, Appleby-in- Westmorland and Carlisle with its mouth at Solway Firth at Bowness on Solway

River Eden at Rickerby Park Spring Floral Display at Bitts Park

Follow the river downstream and enjoy the view of Carlisle Cathedral on your right. You might find a few traces of former railways along this stretch. Continue on the path to reach A595 where you turn right to Carlisle Castle where you can view the ‘Weeping Window’ sculpture of poppies until 8th July. Carry on to enter Bitts Park to enjoy the floral displays and then head across the park to the


Exit the car park to carefully cross London Road to find a signposted path that passes the Milton Hilltop Hotel to your right with River Petteril on your left. Carry on alongside the river upstream passing the former Upperby Railway shed on your right to go over the footbridge over the main West Coast Main Railway Line. Turn left on the narrow path up the hill past the cemetery to reach Manor Road and then on to cross Upperby Road. Turn right to reach Embleton Road on the left. Head straight ahead to Buchanan Road and Hammonds Pond, which is signposted. Enjoy your time here – there is a café, a

River Petteril – Source – near Penruddock and Motherby. It passes through Greystoke, Blencow and Newton Reigny with the mouth at the confluence with River Eden at Rickerby Park, Carlisle.

Hammonds Pond – takes its name from Archie Hammond, a market gardener from Upperby – he saw commercial potential in the old flooded brick pits. In 1923, Archie opened ‘Pleasureland’ where the community and visitors could enjoy boating and other amusements.

OS Explorer map 315 ‘Carlisle, Longtown and Gretna Green’ gives a good overview of the Carlisle district with its footpaths. I think that this walk gives an opportunity to enjoy the rivers and areas of Carlisle that are off the beaten track – enjoy!

Explore and discover! Stan

In View CARLISLE THREE RIVERS WALK with Stan Leigh miniature railway and other amusements.

Walk to the far end of Hammonds Pond to reach Blackwell Road. Turn right here and then almost immediately left into Beaumont Road, up the hill on your right to Lund Crescent and Currock Community Centre. At this point, it’s ‘downhill all the way’ as I often say. A path descends over a footbridge over the railway and then River Caldew back to Denton Holme. Retrace your steps back alongside River Caldew, the former Holme Head Works back to Richardson Street.

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Infant River Caldew near Mungrisedale

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