This is our favourite local walk when staying at Dunkeld Cottage because you get absolutely stunning views of the Pennines, far-reaching views across to the Lake District and a pub at the end of it!
The walk to Long Marton takes approximately 40-45 minutes and it’s all really easy bridleway tracks – no cattle, fields or stiles to worry about.
From the cottage, turn right out of our door and immediately left at the junction. Carry on up the road and up the hill and the first proper little road (rather than the one before which is a farm road) to your right is called ‘Sleastonhow Lane’ This is a narrow lane with a dead end at the top, so hardly any traffic. We’ve only ever met the postman who goes to one of the couple of houses at the top. There are verges to pop into anyway.
This walk is extremely easy to follow – you just walk to the very end of Sleastonhow Lane where you will see in front of you a sign saying ‘Bridleway to Long Marton’ You walk through a farm and then a really lovely bridleway takes you all the way, with frequent signposts leading you to Long Marton. The views are just superb right across to High Cup Nick, Dufton Pike and the rest of the Pennines. It’s really quiet as well – so plenty of time to reflect and enjoy!
Once you arrive in the village there is a pub called the Masons Arms and it’s very well regarded for pub food and of course beverages. A sure winner in our eyes!