Shap Happy. 🐿️

At the weekend we returned to the village of Shap in the Eden Valley of Cumbria, to complete a walk we took back in June. At the time we ended up fleeing from a feisty herd of cows ( and a bull! ) , so didn’t finish our hike properly. This time we opted to do the final part of the walk first, ending at Shap Abbey and then retraced our steps back.

We used roadside parking in Shap near this handsome house called The Hermitage.
We took a footpath a little further on into fields with limestone walls.
And here is The Gobbleby Stone , dating back to 2000 BC. Click on the link for more info about this ancient piece of Shap Granite.
Watched by some wary ewes.
A signpost showing the way to the hamlet of Keld.
Keld Chapel, a simple medieval chapel owned by The National Trust. Closed for renovations at present.
A Keld Cat blends into a stone wall.

Keld was actually a slight detour for us. It is a pretty little place and from which a ‘temporary road’ known as The Concrete Road was built in the 1930s for the construction of the Haweswater Reservoir. Cars are not permitted as the cement track is full of pot-holes, though walkers and cyclists may use it apparently. Another time we will explore!

We turned round and found a footpath sign for Shap Abbey just before the hamlet. Scroll down for a surprise little face, peering at

us from a tree. πŸ€—

River Lowther at Keld.
Bright yellow Monkey Flowers on the river bank.
Squirrel Nutkin maybe.
Approaching the abbey ruins.
The 15th Century tower is most of what remains of Shap Abbey.

On the way back to Shap we passed more late summer flowers and some curious cows. Luckily they were safely tucked away behind those lovely dry stone walls.

Field Scabious.
Safe on the other side of the wall.
Lunch at Abbey Kitchen.

Back in the village and just in time for lunch. I love the little cafe there , which is named after the abbey. Ploughman’s for Wil and homemade quiche for me. A happy morning indeed. πŸ™‚


27 thoughts on “Shap Happy. 🐿️”

    1. I know! We saw him scamper along a walk and then up a tree. We thought he had gone but Wil spotted him. I couldn’t believe it when I zoomed in. What a cheeky chops!

  1. Lovely part of the noth. Just on the eastern edge of the Lakes. You have great taste and good luck spotting a red squirrell. I sraggered that area whilst walking the Coast to Coast. Beautiful but I was shattered….

  2. Another lovely post & hopefully this comment comes up, as I have trouble on my old laptop with comments on wordpress for some silly reason. Can’t even see what I’m typeing sometimes. Never been to Shap, but have passed through Keld. Glad you finished the walk without incident this time. Over Spring/early summer we plan to do more othe The Great Southern Rail Trail & I’ll get my act together to blog about it. Thanks for sharing, take care & hugs from Oz.

  3. Cows are best tucked behind a wall, I think! We have a very curious and friendly herd by us but they do make me nervous. Those Keld cottages and the chapel are so lovely, and squirrel Nutkin did make me smile. A lovely walk, enjoyed joining you.

  4. A regular walk for us from our door, I am glad you enjoyed your second walk from Shap and there were no cows this time! The concrete road is a great cycle we have used it many a time to get to Haweswater and Swindale, a gorgeous valley that is well worth exploring. I should warn you that many locals drive on the concrete road although they are not strictly meant to. Look out for the short eared owls flying around I have seen many when walking that way.

    1. Oh wow, it would be wonderful to see them. We are quite intrigued now with the Concrete Road and will have to organise a walk oneday. Thanks for the info.

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