Lammerside Castle
Castle Kirkby Stephen Cumbria

Lammerside Castle

Castle In Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

Ruined 14th century pele tower set in the Cumbrian countryside.

Lammerside Castle suffers from a bit of an identity crisis, as it is situated in Cumbria but also resides in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. But wherever it is, it's a fab little ruin.

Built sometime in the 14th century, Lammerside was likely constructed by the Warcop family. The castle formed an impressive complex in its day. A central tower house was surrounded by attached wings to the north and south. A barmkin wall enclosed a courtyard to the west, and further buildings stood to the south.

Today, only the tower house remains. Constructed from rough-hewn stone, the tower stands two stories tall with walls five feet thick. Evidence suggests the ground floor was divided into sections. A central corridor ran through the building, and an original doorway with architectural details still stands.

Despite its past grandeur, Lammerside Castle is in a very poor state. The harsh effects of weather and time have taken their toll. Frost, plant growth, and grazing animals have all contributed to the deterioration of the stonework. Mature trees sprout from the walls, and sadly the situation has worsened in recent years.

This is a beautiful, peaceful area though and it's unlikely you'll see anyone else on your visit. Pendragon Castle is about a 10 minute drive away too, if you want to do a bit more sightseeing.

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There are a couple of spaces on a little off road area near the farm buildings. There is a fingerpost to enter the field where the castle is and a permissive path that runs past the castle.

Contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

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