Dalston circular walk
3 miles (5km)
Terrain: pavements and riverside grass and earth path which can be muddy and uneven but with pavement alternative
Refreshments: pub, café and takeaways in The Square
Toilets: The Square
Coming from Carlisle just exit the station, otherwise cross the bridge first. Follow the pedestrian markings and turn left onto Station Road. In 250 yards turn right at the T junction onto Carlisle Road (B5299). St Michael’s church is on your left. Walk through The Square and along The Green past the Co-op on your right to the Victory Hall. Take the gate across the road onto the village green. Bear left through the field and before the white bridge turn right on the path by the river Calder, leading to a narrow woodland path. After a kissing gate the path splits – take the upper fork which leads you back to the road on your right before the bridge at Bridge End. (If you take the path nearer the river there is a short steep path just before the bridge. If the riverside walk is likely to be wet you can follow the road instead to Bridge End.) Turn left and cross the river bridge. Go ahead and over another bridge over the stream. Then turn left at the Cowen’s Mill sign and along the lane through the middle of Cowen’s factory. Follow the path and cross the stream at the sandstone bridge followed by the white bridge you saw earlier. Continue past the Millennium Crow sculpture just before The Square. Then return to the station.
If you need a flat route: exit from the station on the northbound platform by turning left off the train to the end of the platform, follow the path to the road and turn left through the industrial estate. At the T junction by the artificial cows turn left onto Barras Lane, over the bridge bear left to reach Station Road. This will add at least ten minutes and much of it is on a busy road without a pavement. It might be better to stay on the train to Carlisle and come back to Dalston. In the village you can avoid the narrow grassy path by continuing along the road to Bridge End.