Aira Force Glencoyne Farm trail

Walking trail

At 1,258ha and carrying a flock of over 1,500 hill sheep, Glencoyne is one of our largest hill farms in the Lake District. This circular trail will take you through the Grade II listed farm buildings (the earliest part built in 1629), along to the remains of old charcoal pitsteads and past Glencoyne wood, before bringing you back to the car park. With a distance of about 3 miles (4.8km) this walk will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

The view of Ullswater from Glencoyne


Route map for Aira Force and Glencoyne Farm trail


Glencoyne car park, CA11 0QT, grid ref: NY386188


Turning right as you leave the car park, walk along the road crossing the bridge over Glencoyne beck. The beck marks the old county boundary between Cumberland and Westmoreland. Carry on until you come to a long straight drive up to Glencoyne Farm on your right.


Take the track to the farm, carrying straight between the sheep pens, then the buildings and through the front garden. Don't worry about walking through the farm, as it's a public right of way and the farmer won't mind.

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Leaving the farm, carry on up the slope and follow the path along the top of the gill on your right. You will soon spot the Seldom Seen cottages in the distance. Follow the path and this will take you underneath the cottages and out into the open fell.

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Once past the cottages carry straight on for a short time and then bear left up a grassy slope towards the wood. Follow the path under the wall and you will come to a gate at the end of the wood.

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Go through the gate and turn left over a stile and into the wood. Follow the path down through the wood and you will return to the cottages below.

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Once past the cottages, follow the track all the way down to the A592 road. At the road go straight across and join the footpath, then turn left and take the path to the bottom of the hill. The path then joins the road which will take you past Glencoyne Farm drive and back to the car park.


Glencoyne car park, CA11 0QT, grid ref: NY386188

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Aira Force Glencoyne Farm trail


The walk is steep in parts and takes you along road, gravel tracks and grassland.

Aira Force Glencoyne Farm trail

Contact us

Call on 017684 82067 or email us.

Aira Force Glencoyne Farm trail

How to get here

Ullswater, Cumbria
By train
Nearest train station is at Penrith which conects with the 108 bus route to Patterdale.
By road

The car park is adjacent to the A592 which runs along the shore of Ullswater lake.

By foot

The only access on foot is along the A592 with a limited amount of off-road footpath. The road can be very busy during the summer months.

By bus

The start point is on the 108 bus route from Penrith and Patterdale with the bus stop at Glencoyne car park.

By bicycle

Again access along the A592.

Aira Force Glencoyne Farm trail

Facilities and access

  • None