Smardale Nature Reserve now comprises three separate nature reserve that collectively occupy a 8km/5mile section of the disused railway line that once ran from Tebay to Darlington. Rich in wildlife and flowers, look out for Red squirrels and Roe deer
PARKING-Smardale nearest postcode: CA17 4NY
MILES- 3 miles return to the viaduct
FACILITIES- No facilities
TERRAIN-Excellent maintained paths on the main path but options for a circular with muddy and steeper sections
Easy walking suitable on main route
This is a great walk in all weathers, great maintained path all the way to the viaduct, lots of wild flowers in spring/summer. We were also lucky enough to see a red squirrel.
The viaduct was closed last time we visited due to safety, but there is a option thats not buggy friendly to take the path on the left from the viaduct that crosses a small bridge to return on the opposite side past the old lime kilns.
Easy walking in a tranquil enviroment.