Ambling round Askham.

Recently I spent a few days with family. The pretty village of Askham in Cumbria has been my Mum’s home now for over 25 years. It’s attractive white washed cottages surround two village greens. The top end of Askham climbs up into the fells whilst the bottom end is all about the river Lowther and the surrounding woodland. Some of the village is still owned by the land owning Lonsdale family, who now live in Askham Hall and once resided in Lowther Castle. There are two pubs in Askham, a lovely village shop, an open air swimming pool and lots of walking trails round the Lowther estate. Here are a few pictures from my ambles round Askham.

Village Greens.
Cuckoo Flower & Water Avens.
Stone bridge over the river Lowther.
River Lowther from the bridge.
St Peters Church.
The Punch Bowl is an 18th Century Inn.
Ramsons in the woods.
Sorry, just had to include Mums handsome cat ‘Biscuit’ who is recovering indoors from some heart problems. Aw. He’s doing ok now though. ๐Ÿ™‚
Mum and I had a look round Askham Halls gardens. ยฃ4 entry.

Askham Hall was built in the 12th Century. It’s now a rather posh boutique hotel and restaurant.
A stone Griffin , originally from Lowther Castle.
The village shop is also a great place to go for a coffee, chat and doggy cuddles. ๐Ÿ™‚
Lots of walking trails. I followed this footpath past Askham Hall into some beautiful bluebell woods.
Though I did encounter a miniature Dexter bull on the way. After a short stand off I edged my way past him. He was actually very small, but still quite mean looking!
I was glad to reach this gate into the woods unscathed.
Pink Purslane.
Dandelion Clock.

I spent a good couple of hours in the woods, just enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. There were so many flowers, giving the woodland floor a magical fairy land appearance. And I didn’t spy a single other human being! I did see two jays, several woodpeckers, two buzzards and a weasel. ๐Ÿ˜Š

If your visiting the Askham area, here are some useful websites.

Lowther Castle & Gardens.

Askham Hall.

Askham Open Air Swimming Pool.

Punch Bowl Inn.

The Ullswater Way.


19 thoughts on “Ambling round Askham.”

  1. It all looks lovely, you had nice weather too. I just love the photo of the river, could sit there all day.
    Amanda xx

  2. Such a pretty village and a super walk, you were very brave to get around the bull, he does look fierce:)

  3. Lovely pics. The sunshine is making all the better ๐Ÿ™‚
    Quick question – on our Summer road trip we’re stopping overnight at a B&B in Ingleton – I’m thinking this is near enough your neck of the woods to ask if you could suggest a good place to visit – obvs we’ll have Harry with us, so a good off lead dog walk being involved is essential. Any thoughts greatly appreciated xx

    1. Hi we are actually going camping in Ingleton next weekend! Last time we did a waterfall walk from the village with friends and dogs. You do have to pay…but you get to see quite a few waterfalls. Some of the trail does go through fields so as long as you keep an eye out for livestock , you should be ok. I will let you know if we go anywhere different when we visit this time.
      Also nearby Clapham has a nature trail through woodland and fields to Ingleborough cave, where you can take dogs, even in the cave.
      The Yorkshire Three Peaks are all quite nearby as well. X

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