Killington New Bridge
The Yorkshire Dales National Park produces a series of walks called ‘Miles Without Stiles’ route.
This walk is only short but it is a lovely walk and the views over to the Howgills are awesome. It is an ideal walk for people using a manual wheelchair as the surface in quite compact and is on the level. There is a kissing gate at the start of the walk, which is wide enough for a mobility scooter.
To get to the start of the route, take the A684 from Sedbergh and then turn right onto the B6256 towards Kirkby Lonsdale. There is limited off road parking near to the Killington New Bridge, which crosses the River Lune.
Once through the gate, the walk is straight forward, simply follow the track. There are benches along the route and there is a picnic bench too. It’s a great spot to for lunch, as there is a picnic table here. You will see birds such as Robins, Blue Tits, Tree Creeper, Wren, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Long Tail Tit. Down in the river you may see heron and Dippers.
It’s a steep drop down into the narrow valley below but a viewing platform has been built so that you can safely look down to the river and watch it as it weaves a path through the rocks. Spend a little time here watching the wildlife and listening to the roar of the River Lune as it crashes over the boulders in the bottom of this ghyll.
For such a short wheelchair friendly walk there is a wide variety of plants and trees, including 12 species of tree such as Ash, Oak, Sycamore, Birch. Typical plants in this area are Cow Wheat, Wood Anemone, Wood Sorrel, Primrose and Knapp Weed.
Map courtesy of Ordnance Survey. Click here to get map details
There is limited off-road parking near to the Killington New Bridge, which crosses the River Lune.
The nearest accessible toilets are in the market place Sedbergh.