Muncaster Castle & Esk Estuary Circular Walk

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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5-7h
Distance
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19.2 km
Elevation
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547 m
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Muncaster Castle & Esk Estuary Circular Walk

The Muncaster Castle & Esk Estuary Circular Walk is a fantastic outdoor experience in the Lake District that will provide beautifully scenic views and the chance to visit a historical site. This trail will lead you up the rugged slopes of Muncaster Fell for views of the surrounding area before visiting the grounds of Muncaster Castle that date back to the 13th century and have been continuously updated over the centuries. The walk finishes along the waters of the River Esk and its estuary, creating a nice balance of natural and manmade scenery throughout the journey.

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Route Description for Muncaster Castle & Esk Estuary Circular Walk

With a relatively long overall distance and the chance to view historical and natural scenery throughout the route, the Muncaster Castle & Esk Estuary Circular Walk is an amazing option for taking in the gorgeous landscapes that can be found on the western edge of the Lake District. This route will take you from the car park to first visit the extravagant grounds of Muncaster Castle that dates back to the 13th Century, before heading to the northeast to traverse the rugged slopes of Muncaster Fell. After descending the hillside and backtracking through the valley along the River Esk, you will arrive at the Esk Estuary, where you will have some amazing views looking out across the water to the west. From here, a tour along the edge of Ravenglass village will bring you back to the car park where you began your adventure.

Getting to the Muncaster Castle & Esk Estuary Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the car park for the Muncaster Castle & Esk Estuary Circular Walk from Ravenglass, drive east on Main Street for 0.6 km and make a slight right onto the A595. From here, continue on for 0.4mi to find the car park on the right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Ravenglass Camping & Caravanning Club

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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