ShapThe village of Shap consists mainly of two long lines of grey stone houses, many dating from the 18th century, lining the A6 road that runs through the village. Until 1970, and the completion of the M6 between Kendal and Penrith, the A6 across Shap summit formed the main north-south route, linking the industrial areas of north-west England with Scotland. The route was busy, and notoriously hazardous in poor weather conditions. Often in winter the road became snow-bound and impassable. Ironically, when the M6 arrived, it spelt disaster to many of the prosperous shops, hotels and other businesses, on which the economy of the village relied.
Shap Abbey is about half a mile west of the village. It stands in a picturesque setting by the River Lowther, with nothing nearby to interrupt the beauty of the lonely and unfrequented site. It was built in 1199, the last Abbey to be founded in England, and the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540. Nearby is the medieval Keld Chapel, owned by the National Trust, and one of their more remote religious sites. Shap is on the route of the Coast to Coast Walk. Some of the scenes in the feature film Withnail and I were filmed around Shap.

Booking Information

Event date 06/05/2018
Registrations taken from 25/03/2018
Booking fee Member £13.00, Non-member £15, Under 18 - half these rates
Location Cumbria
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