Walkers are Welcome
Walkers are Welcome towns and villages are places which have something special to offer walkers.
This community-led scheme, run by volunteers, has grown considerably since it was launched in 2007, Brampton being the 66th town to gain the status. To find out more visit the Walkers are Welcome national website. We hope to see you in Brampton soon.
Brampton Walkers are Welcome Steering Group.
Points of interest around Brampton
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The market town of Brampton was founded in the 7th century.
A wide and partly cobbled main street was ideal for the market, first held in 1252, its charter granted by Henry III. James I also granted a charter in 1606, a copy of which is at the Moot Hall.
The octagonal Moot Hall, built in 1817 by the Earl of Lancaster, graces the market place. Pointed windows, a square turret and external stairs remain, but the open arcaded market area below-a former poultry, butter and egg market-was enclosed in 1896. It's now occupied by the Tourist Information Centre.
A climb to the top of the Mote gives outstanding views and St Martin's Church, with stained glass windows to Burne-Jones' design by William Morris, is certainly worth a visit.
A Shop on High Cross Street carries a plaque to mark the occasion in 1745 when it was the headquarters of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army while they laid siege to Carlisle Castle.
For more information on Brampton visit the Brampton Online website
Guided Walks 2012
Sunday 14th October - Hadrian’s Wall east from Walltown Crags
Sunday 4th November - RSPB Geltsdale Reserve with the warden.
Sunday 9th December - Festive walk with Mike Goodman
With Mulled wine & mince pies
Meet 10:30 am Moot Hall for Car share to the start of the walk
All walks are circular, aprox 4 hours so bring lunch, hills but not
Meet the team
Nicky Beecham: Chair of the steering group and resident and local walker of Brampton for 21 years, Nicky also sits on the Sustainable Brampton and Travel Action Groups.
Ann Oswin: Ann has been a local resident in the rural area of Brampton district for 34 years. She is a retired local GP; Trustee & Vice chair of the Brampton Community Association and a member of Health and Wellbeing group.
Kate Allan: Kate has been a resident and local walker of Brampton for 38 years with a special interest in the footpaths around the Brampton Area. She is a Brampton Community Centre publicity volunteer, publicity writer and is involved with the Sustainable Brampton and Travel Action Groups.
Dave Brooks: Dave became involved with WaW while researching a partnership between his employers and WaW. Having attended the WaW conference in Church Stretton and having lived in Brampton for three years the benefits of gaining accreditation for Brampton were obvious.
Doug Martin: Doug has been a resident and local walker in the area for some 24 years. An active member of the local fell-walking group he is keen to see Brampton promote itself as a centre for walking in the area and beyond.
Chris Lloyd: An enthusiastic and hardy cyclist and walker, Chris has lived in Hallbankgate for 25 years and leads the Fellside Walkers Thursday group.
Jen Allason: Jen has lived in Brampton for 50 years. She is a Fix the Fells lengths-man, a project that has repaired and now maintains over 150 Lake District paths. She also volunteers for the Lake District National Park.
Steve Westerberg: Steve is the Site Manager for the RSPB Reserve at Geltsdale near Brampton.
Other Key Contacts
Pat Skimming: Brampton Parish Councils representaion on the Steering Group
Mike Goodman: Local café and outdoor shop owner
Andrew Nicholson: Carlisle City Council Green Spaces Rights of Way officer
Walkers are Welcome are supported by:
Brampton Walkers are Welcome Steering Group Minutes
Brampton is surrounded by superb walking country and there are numerous groups that cater for all abilities of walkers. To contact any of these groups visit:
Fellside Walkers meet monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 10am outside Hallbankgate Village Hall. Email Christine Lloyd for details.
Low Row Walkers have a weekly walking programme. Contact Frank Balme for details.
Brampton Happy Wanderers meet at Brampton Community Centre on Tuesdays at 9.30am. They have the use of a minibus and enjoy exploring the local area. Walks are at a leisurely pace and usually last 1-2 hours finishing with a tea/coffee. New members always welcome. Email Ann Oswin for details.
Brampton Fell-walkers were founded in 1986 Brampton Fell-walkers is a non-constituted group of friendly walkers bound together only by a love of walking in the countryside. The group meets every Wednesday throughout the year at the Community Centre Car Park at 9.00am. Copies of the current programme are available from the Community Centre reception area.
To view these clubs on a map, click here.
HADRIAN'S WALL BUS
Running through the summer between Newcastle and Carlisle and stopping at visitor attractions, towns and villages along the way, Hadrian's Wall Bus is the best way to explore the wonders of Hadrian's Wall Country.
Traveline - local public transport information at the click of a mouse.
LOCAL BUS SERVICES
Bus routes important to walkers in the Brampton area are:
94 Hallbankgate - Brampton - Laversdale - Carlisle
95 Brampton - Heads Nook - Great Corby – Carlisle
97 Castle Carrock - Brampton - Hethersgill - Carlisle
680 Nenthead - Alston - Halton Lea Gate - Brampton - Carlisle
685 Carlisle - Brampton - Haltwhistle - Hexham – Newcastle
AD122 Hadrian’s Wall Bus Carlisle - Brampton - Haltwhistle – Hexham
For all bus route timetables visit Cumbria County Council transport page
Brampton lies on Sustrans National Cycle Route 72 as well as being an ideal stopover location for the 174 mile Hadrian's Cycleway.
Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache. There are numerous caches in and around Brampton. Visit the Geocache website for their locations.
Public Rights of Way Network
Have you been out recently, and noticed a broken gate or stile, or an overgrown path or something else that needs mending? You can use the highways hotline contact details below to let us know what and where.
Tel: 0845 609 6609
Brampton Parish Paths
We have produced a map of the paths around the Brampton Parishes, which you can download below.