Long Meg Walk V – Lacy’s Caves

Our path had been running almost parallel to the Settle-Carlisle railway line and also to the river Eden. When it finally brought us to the banks of the river we were close to the viaduct where the railway line crosses the river. The step bank is wooded however and we couldn’t get a clear view of the viaduct. The Eden is a substantial river by local standards and when we came level with a weir on the river it was possible to scramble down the bank to get at least a partial view.

Part of weir on River Eden

Shortly beyond that point the bank became less steep and we had our first view of Lacy’s Caves.

Lacy's Caves - a first view Lacy's Caves

These curiosities were hollowed out in the 18th Century for the local landowner Colonel Samuel Lacy and it’s rumoured that he even paid someone to live here as a ‘hermit’. There is a series of connected rooms, some of which, alarmingly with S hurtling about in high excitement, have openings looking out over drops into the river. Fortunately, for once he didn’t fall in.

The first of the caves Looking out of Lacy's Caves

From the caves it seemed like quite a long way, first along the river a little further…

Walking by the Eden

…and then back up the hill to the car. It can’t have been however, since the whole walk is a mere four and a half miles. Four and a half miles which punches well above it’s weight.

Long Meg Walk V – Lacy’s Caves

7 thoughts on “Long Meg Walk V – Lacy’s Caves

  1. That looks like a great family walk – loads to keep the kids entertained. Be nice to do at least part of that on the way home from Ninebanks. Rivers and caves – top combination

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      It was a magnificent walk. The kids were only disappointed that the river was not more accessible for some stone-throwing. At S pace, and with all the distractions I think the 4.5 miles took us over 6 hours to do! So maybe just a bit of it after Ninebanks would be about right. We can discuss it at Ninebanks if we can find time with all the planning for Jura, anecdote bingo, sledging (hopefully), walking (hopefully), name that tune in…etc.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Considering how wet some parts of the riverbank were (a real morass further upstream) it was really quite surprising that inside the caves were sandy and bone dry. Apparently the sandstone here was formed from sand dunes when this area was part of a desert. Inside the caves you can well imagine that.

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