Smardale nature reserve directions

How to get to Smardale Nature Reserve

Smardale nature reserve and viaduct © John Morrison

Smardale Nature Reserve can be accessed from two entrances by car:

By car:

To Smardale car park: from the A685 between Ravenstonedale and Kirkby Stephen, take the Smardale
turning. Cross over the railway and turn left at the T-junction. Bear right over the disused railway and turn immediately right. The car park is 200m on your right.

Map reference: OS Explorer map OL19.  Smardale car park grid reference:  NY 742 083; nearest postcode: CA17 4HG

GPS co-ords: 54.468634, -2.403946  Please note that this route follows narrow lanes with limited passing places.

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Alternative route by car:

To Newbiggin-on-Lune parking area: from the A685 at Newbiggin-on-Lune take the Kelleth/Great Asby turning then take the immediate left for Kelleth and park on the roadside. Walk back the way you came and turn left up the nearby lane. Then turn right into the drive, past the house, and continue until you see the nature reserve entrance. The distance from the parking area to the entrance is 250m. There is limited roadside parking at grid reference: NY 757 085 for access to Waitby Greenriggs.

Map reference: OS Explorer map OL19.  Newbiggin-on-Lune parking area grid reference: NY 703 053; nearest postcode: CA17 4NY

On foot follow the road sign posted to Great Asby, then turn right down the private road to Brownber. The nature reserve entrance is approximately another 150 metres ahead.
54.442395, -2.4592236 View on Google Map

By bicycle:

The nature reserve is 2.3km/3 miles from National Route 70 Walney to Wear (W2W).

By public transport:

There is a limited bus service from Kendal, Sedbergh, and Brough to Kirby Stephen. The nearest train station is Kirkby Stephen West on the Settle to Carlisle line.