Appleby Riverside

Appleby, found south east of Penrith just off the A66 is a historic former county town of Westmorland. Today it is a busy market town, the heart of which sits within a loop of the River Eden and is guarded on the south side by Appleby Castle. 

The wheelchair-suitable route follows the inside of the river loop within Appleby.  The surface is tarmac and is 1.5 metres wide but narrows to 90cm past the swimming pool—there are occasional potholes and uneven surfaces which are easily avoided.   There are regular rest points on the route, but beyond the swimming pool they all have a step up which is greater than 3 inches (8cm).

The riverside area is owned and managed by Eden District Council (tel: 01768 817817 or e-mail:


Route Description

General information in relation to this route is outlined below and within the downloadable description. This will help users make an informed choice as to whether they feel it is within their physical capabilities (please click on the link below to view a download description and map of the route).

Distance: 1 km (0.6 miles) linear

Time to walk: 1 hour (approximate) including restpoints

Terrain: A predominantly flat tarmac path

Start Point: Pay and Display car park in Appleby town centre (Grid Reference - NY 682203, Post Code - CA16 6QP)

Public Transport: Appleby is served by both bus and train (on the Carlisle to Settle line) see getting around page

Ordnance Survey Map: OL19

Refreshments: Wide choice in the town centre

Public Conveniences: Public toilets (inc RADAR key) are in Appleby at the car park and tourist information centre

Tourist Information: Appleby (01768 351177)



Appleby Riverside Route Leaflet (PDF 802kb)