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 available at Talkin Tarn

Carlisle has maginificant green spaces to enjoy

Our open spaces are enjoyed by visitors and locals alike


We have many miles of cycling and walking trails

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Engine Lonning

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

17 May 2016/Categories: Trails and Nature

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Engine Lonning is a wildlife haven just a stone's throw from the City Centre. There are numerous informal footpaths through the site. The going can get rather muddy in places, sturdy walking boots are essential.

Engine Lonning was once a busy rail yard for the London & North Eastern Railway. The rail yard closed in the early sixties and nature has been swift to reclaim the area, which now chimes with the sounds of wildlife.

The grasslands are rich with wild flowers and herbs - birds foot trefoil, orchids and bed straw can all be found.

Park opening times

All day, every day.

For more of Carlisle's great railway heritage see Friends of Engine Lonning and Kingmoor Sidings

Carlisle City Council gratefully acknowledges the kind photographic contributions of Peter Burgess, David Hey and Ron Fisher.

Friends of Engine Lonning

An exciting and ambitious project is being launched at Engine Lonning. The project is dedicated to restoring and preserving the railway and industrial heritage of Engine Lonning before it is lost, whilst also raising awareness of its past, present and future. The first step in this project is to create a Friends of Engine Lonning.

If you are interested in joining this group, please complete an enquiry form at


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