Poets passion for the Duddon

Duration:2 hours or less

From Wordsworth to Nicholson, the Duddon Valley has been the inspiration for some of our best loved poets and authors. Poems including ‘River Duddon Sonnets’ and ‘To the River Duddon’ have cemented themselves in local history. Share in their passion for prose and see through their eyes the splendour of this often overlooked valley. There are many facets to the Duddon Valley with changes of scenery to be found almost around every corner. One of the quietest valleys in the Lake District can be your literary inspiration. Just remember to bring a warm coat as the weather in summer can change quickly!

Further Information

Planning your visit: The closest pub is The Newfield Inn at Seathwaite village, open all day for food. Ulpha Post Office (Duddon Valley) sells papers, sandwiches and drinks. In Broughton-in-Furness you can find many of the essentials including; petrol station/garage (repairs), public toilet, Tourist Information Centre (sells books with a local flavour along with free leaflets and advice), bakery, café and a butcher/deli.

How to get here: From Greenodd turn right onto A5092 to Foxfield (Broughton-in-Furness) via Grizebeck. Continue towards Millom, turn right for Ulpha at Duddon Bridge (traffic lights). You are now in the Duddon Valley, continue for a further 12 miles for Cockley Beck. A small amount of informal car parking is available at Ulpha Bridge (SD 19695 92979), Birks Bridge (SD23500 99522), Cockley Beck (NY 24688 01662).

Please park carefully and responsibly.

By Martin Clayton

Ranger Supervisor Helping to care for the Duddon & Eskdale Valleys. I've been working in the countryside for over 22 years, so I guess I must like it! Organising and leading mountain bike working holidays. Fully qualified mountain bike instructor/leader. My main interests are cycling (road and mountain bike) and gardening.

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How to get here

Cockley Beck, Duddon Valley

Seathwaite LA20 6

Ordnance Survey OL6
The English Lakes
South Western area

NY 245 016

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By Train and Bicycle: Cyclists can take National Rail services from Grange over Sands, Barrow-In-Furness, Whitehaven and Carlisle to Foxfield. From here, the quiet lanes of the Duddon Valley can easily be explored by bicycle.

Telephone: 08457 48 49 50