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Carlisle City Council has many hectares of parks and open spaces

Sailing, fishing and canoeing are some of the varied activities at Talkin Tarn Countryside Park Sailing, fishing and canoeing are some of the varied activities at Talkin Tarn Countryside Park

Sailing, fishing and canoeing are some of the varied activities available at Talkin Tarn

Carlisle has maginificant green spaces to enjoy Carlisle has maginificant green spaces to enjoy

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Bitts Park (CA3 8UL)

The park is a peaceful haven only 800 metres from the City Centre, comprising formal gardens, riverside walks, children’s play area and splash park (operates 11am-6pm), running routes and sports facilities.

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A great place for relaxing, having fun and connecting with nature. There is a refreshment kiosk and toilets.The Rivers Eden and Caldew form the park’s Northern and Western boundaries respectively..

A limited amount of free parking is available on a first come first served basis opposite the entrance to the Sheepmount athletics stadium, off Sheepmount Road. Further pay and display car parks can be found off Dacre Road (East of Carlisle Castle) and Devonshire Walk (West of Carlisle Castle).

Further pedestrian access to the park may be gained from Hardwick Circus, Eden Bridge and the City Centre.

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Chances Park (CA2 6JP)

The main entrance to Chance's Park and the community centre is off the Wigton Road (A595) where there is a free car park for visitors. There is pedestrian access off Dunmallet Rigg, Wigton Road, Dunmail Drive, Park Road and Langrigg Road.

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Chance’s Park is situated on high ground within the Morton Area of Carlisle, to the West of City. The park forms the grounds of Morton Manor, once the home of the Chance family, now a Community Centre. Free visitor parking is available at the Community Centre, situated off Wigton Road. Pedestrian access to the park may be gained from Dunmallet Rigg, Langrigg Road, Park Road, Dunmail Drive and Wigton Road.

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Heysham Park (CA2 7HP)

Heysham Park is a long, narrow corridor of green space running from the Westernmost fringe of the City at Belle Vue right through to the Raffles area of central Carlisle.

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Informal car parking is provided off Raffles Avenue, adjacent to the Living Well Trust facilities.

Numerous pedestrian access points are located along the 2 kilometre plus length of the park, including those at: Green Lane, Thomlinson Avenue, Brookside, Shadygrove Road, Marks Avenue, Raffles Avenue, Mardale Road, Heysham Park Avenue, Coalfell Avenue, Dobinson Road and Castlesteads Drive.

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Eden Bridge Gardens

Eden Bridge Gardens are situated on the north bank of the River Eden at the foot of Stanwix, where the Gardens form an attractive entrance to Rickerby Park

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Walked and driven past thousands of times a day, the significance of these municipal gardens is largely unknown to the City’s inhabitants.

Situated on the north bank of the River Eden just off Eden Bridge is Eden Bridge Gardens, designed by the internationally renowned landscape architects Thomas H Mawson & Sons.

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Melbourne Park

Melbourne Park lies off the Warwick Road, just east of the City Centre, flanking the River Petteril.

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This 28 hectare Park extends as far south as the merged Newcastle and the Carlisle Settle Railway Lines at Durranhill.

To the east of the Park is Botcherby, with access points off Warwick Road, Walkmill Crescent, Ennerdale Avenue, Borland Avenue and Botcherby Avenue. To the west is St Aidans, with park access points off Warwick Road, Riverside Way, Nook Street, Raven Street, Melbourne Road and Adelaide Street. You can also access the park, with care, along the informal pathways along the River Petteril from the south off the London Road.

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Rickerby Park

Opened in 1932 as a memorial to the fallen of the Great War of 1914 - 1918, this ' natural' park extends upstream along the sinuous River Eden from Eden Bridge

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Rickerby Park is a public open space in Carlisle, Cumbria on the banks of the River Eden. The parkland is dotted with mature trees, beneath which cattle and sheep graze the sweet pasture grasses. A riverbank path follows the sweeping bends of the Eden and, by crossing the Memorial Bridge, you can complete a circular walk back to the city centre on the opposite bank.

Nearby is Rickerby Hall and the village of Rickerby.

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Keenan Park

Keenan Park is located off Pennine Way near Pennine View Primary School. There is pedestrian access from Pasture Walk off the Scotby Road, through the arches under the railway and pedestrian access from Eastern Way.

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Keenan Park is a green park located in the estate of Harraby, nestled between roads and houses It is noted as an important sporting venue for local sporting teams and as a outdoor recreational area and recreational service

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St James Park

St James' Park is situated either side of Norfolk Street, in between Denton Holme and Longsowerby

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This parkland is split into 2 sections by Norfolk Street with the western side used mainly for the playing of team sports and walking, and the eastern side has a bowling green and other facilities

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Talkin Tarn Country Park

Talkin Tarn Country Park, close to the historic market town of Brampton, nestles in a 165 acre site

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A glacial tarn surrounded by mature woodland and gentle meadows with the stunning Pennine Hills as a backdrop. Sailing, canoeing, fishing,walks and trails, wildlife hides and full educational facilites and a cafe putting on a range of events and education for schools this is a great day out.

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Engine Lonning

Engine Lonning lies to the west of Carlisle City Centre, next to the River Eden, just downstream from the confluence with the River Caldew

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This former rail yard can be accessed via Coledale Meadows off Newtown Road.

There is another access point off Willow Holme Road. The Hadrian's Wall National Trail runs east - west through Engine Lonning along the Eden side.

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Hadrians Wood

Hadrian's Wood is situated on the north eastern side of Carlisle. There is limited on street car parking off Beech Grove. There is also pedestrian access off Larch Drive and along Tarraby Lane

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Hadrian's Wood is well connected to Knowefield Wood by excellent footpath links, although it may get muddy in places.

For a good circular walk you can park at the hammer head at the northern most end of Beech Grove and walk through Hadrian's Wood to Tarraby Lane. Then head southwards along the Lane to the footpath link to Larch Drive and into Knowefield Wood. Through Knowefield and back onto Beech Grove.

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Kingmoor Nature Reserves

Former railway depots now reclaimed by nature, but signs can still be seen of the golden age of steam

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Kigmoor Nature reserves consist of Kingmoor Sidings, Kingmoor South, Kingmoor North and Kingmoor Wildlife Pond, each with diverse habitats steeped in history and all are a haven for wildlife.

Main entrance is off Kingmoor road and well serviced paths allow you to explore get close to nature.

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