The village of SHAP sits high amongst wild and stunning scenery, surrounded by beautiful countryside ideal for both the gentle walker and the more ambitious explorer to discover. There are many amenities on offer including plenty of places to stay and eat, shops, play and sports facilities and a central car-park (with public toilets) that is a great starting point if you are visiting the area just for a day trip.

Whether you are looking for a gentle stroll through the quiet lanes that are lined with wild flowers in the Spring and Summer; an amble along the River Lowther to look for Dippers and Kingfishers; a walk through woods that are still home to Red Squirrels and Roe Deer or to range across the high fells where the last Golden Eagle in England soars and Red Deer inhabit the peaceful valleys: High Westmorland has everything you could wish for - and more.

The history of the area around Shap is long and varied. The first people settled here in the Neolithic era and set up stone monuments that can still be explored to this day. The middle ages saw the establishing of an abbey in a secluded valley that endures as a place of quiet tranquillity.

Positioned on the famous Coast-to-Coast walk, Shap is well known to walkers the world over.

Visitors have been stopping here to rest and relax for many hundreds of years and if you’re looking for an exhilarating camping holiday exploring the wild landscape or the highest quality accommodation and food in one of the local hotels or guesthouses, you are assured of a warm and friendly welcome in High Westmorland.

The Hermitage

Bed & Breakfast


Coffee Shop

New Ing Lodge


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