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Shap to Orton

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  • Walking to Orton
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  • Large Glacial Erratic
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Map / Shap to Orton
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Today will seem flat and easy after the challenges of the Lake District; an enjoyable recovery day from Shap to nearby Orton.

12.8 km
3:30 h
207 m
227 m

In 2016 the Yorkshire Dales was extended to engulf Orton, which is often considered one of the lost villages of the Coast to Coast, due to the fact most walkers bypass it and head directly to Kirkby Stephen. But, that just makes it more special for those who stop to explore this quaint village with a prominent and central Market Hall, and overlooked by a grand 13th century church.

The walk passes through different scenery today, with sections of limestone pavement, huge boulder glacial erratics, and the sky seemed so wide after leaving the mountains behind.

Author’s recommendation

Check out the chocolate shop in Orton! You’ve burned enough calories to enjoy a chocolate-y treat! User
Josiah Skeats
Updated: August 07, 2019

Highest point
356 m
Lowest point
234 m

Safety information

There are a few stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you.

You must cross a cattle grid today. Place your feet carefully and bear in mind these may be slippery.

Some sections today can be featureless. It is important to read the instructions and check the map regularly to ensure you stay on the correct path.


Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.

This walk is isolated with no opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.

Tips, hints and links

Food and Drink

There is nowhere to get food or drink between Shap and Orton. Be sure to bring enough supplies for the whole journey before leaving Shap.

There are two cafes, two pubs and a fancy chocolate shop in Orton.


Shap Market Square (255 m)
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Orton Village Hall

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km - Start in the centre of Shap near the Market Square. Walk south through the village passing the play area, swimming pool and bowls club on your left. After 300 metres the pavement will disappear on the right side of the road and directly opposite the large stone pub, TURN LEFT onto Moss Grove leading to Wandsworth Garden. After 80 metres BEAR RIGHT to remain on the paved section of road as it curves right. There are wooden Coast to Coast signs at both junctions.

0.52km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the paved road ends and becomes gravel vehicle tracks, and then BEAR LEFT to head up and over the railway. Again, there is a Coast to Coast sign.

0.70km – Once across the railway CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON the lane, ignoring gates on both sides.

1.00km – The grassy path forks exactly as you pass under the overhead pylons. BEAR RIGHT to continue on the narrow lane bordered with dry-stone wall. After 60 metres pass through a gate into a grassy field and then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON towards a gate visible on the far side, ignoring a gate directly on your right. You are heading towards the foot-bridge over the motorway.

1.40km – Proceed over the wooden stile (steps over a wall or fence) over a dry-wall and then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON heading diagonally across the field towards the bridge over the motorway. After 200 metres proceed over the dry-wall.

1.80km – BEAR LEFT through a wooden gate and then cross the motorway on the foot-bridge. Once over the motorway, BEAR RIGHT walking on the mud path keeping the barbed wire fence and motorway on your right. After 150 metres, the path will BEAR LEFT across the field and away from the fence/motorway towards a copse of trees.

2.10km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through the kissing (swing gate) and proceed through the copse of trees.

2.40km – Pass through another gate and then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to cross over a paved lane and then resume the grass path on the far side. There are wooden Coast to Coast signposts at the road. This path curves left around exposed rocks and then joins a dry-wall which you must keep on your right, ignoring grassy paths heading uphill to your left.

3.10km – BEAR RIGHT as the path forks to head towards a wooden stile right beside a telegraph pole. Cross the stile and then BEAR LEFT to cross over the gravel road. Once you have climbed the wooden steps on the far side of the road, BEAR RIGHT and immediately BEAR LEFT to walk past two large boulder and continue along a gravel road, with the quarry on your left.

3.80km – TURN RIGHT onto the paved road. After 200 metres as the paved road bears left over a cattle grid, TURN RIGHT to head uphill on the wide gravel path, following the Coast to Coast footpath sign. You will pass a tree plantation on your right, and then dry-wall on your right.

5.30km – As the dry-wall ends on your right, you will reach a grassy crossroads. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON keeping the distant tree plantation on your left. These is a wooden footpath post which will help guide you here. After 300 metres BEAR LEFT as the path forks beside a wooden post to head towards the corner of the tree plantation. At the corner of the plantation, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON following the grass path to the limestone pavement on the brow of the hill.

6.20km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON passing through a section of limestone pavement. There are regular wooden posts to guide you here, and you are headed downhill towards a big boulder, the remains of the glacial age.

7.30km – BEAR LEFT as you reach the corner of the dry-walk. Walk keeping the dry-wall on your left.

7.70km – BEAR LEFT to keep the dry-wall on your left.

8.70km – As the dry-wall makes a 90° left turn beside a wooden post CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON heading up to the brow of the hill. After 300 metres you will pass a dry-stone enclosure on your left.

9.50km – Cross over the stile and then BEAR RIGHT onto the paved road and immediately BEAR LEFT onto the grassy path which passes the tree plantation on your right, and ignores all gates on your left. You are walking roughly parallel to the road, but bending round the woodland.

10.90km – You will join the paved road at a T-junction. TURN RIGHT following the sign to Orton and Kendal to cross a cattle grid. Immediately after the cattle grid BEAR LEFT onto the grassy slope which hugs the dry-wall on your left. This will pass through a gate and then BEAR RIGHT towards a copse of trees with dry-wall on both sides.

11.30km – After passing through a wide gate the path forks; BEAR RIGHT to head towards the farm buildings, following the wooden footpath sign to Orton. At this junction both forks are signposted for the Coast to Coast; those who skip Orton to Kirkby Stephen will go left here.

11.40km – Pass through the gate and then BEAR RIGHT through the farm courtyard to pass the stone farm building on your left and go through a wooden gate. Once through the gate BEAR RIGHT towards the gate in the corner of the field.

11.70km – BEAR RIGHT to cross the stream and then through a gate. Walk keeping the dry-wall and stream on your left, including crossing over a stile.

12.20km – Ignore gates on both side and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through the gate ahead with a ‘Welcome to Orton’ sign. After 100 metres along a narrow lane BEAR LEFT on the paved driveway.

12.30km – TURN RIGHT at the paved junction, with the stream on your left. After 100 metres TURN RIGHT to head away from the bridge.

12.50km – After passing over a bridge you will reach a wide paved road; TURN LEFT.

12.80km – Finish in Orton beside the Market Hall; why not check out the Chocolate Shop?

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