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“Great walk”
Review of Lacy's Caves

Lacy's Caves
Ranked #13 of 55 things to do in Penrith
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Penrith
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great walk”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Good walk out for family, possibly not ideal for people with limited mobility, and prams and young children

Visited May 2012
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Northumberland
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“River walk”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

A great walk to the cave's, the map I picked up at the Appleby tourist information centre, was really accurate. The clear cold day, we went was perfect for such a walk. The information in the brochure/map made the walk so much more interesting. There are lovely views along the river and on the day we went, not too many people. Really suitable for dogs.

Visited March 2013
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Culgaith, Penrith
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Hidden gem of a cave”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Located above the River Eden it is a bit of a walk to reach the caves, and the lower path can be a bit muddy, but is well worth it for the children to play Hobbits!

Visited December 2012
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A beautiful walk and a interesting attraction.”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

The first thing to point out is that this attraction is almost totally without signposts even with a guide it could be difficult to find, there is a small shop in the village of Kirkoswald which is not far from the caves and if it is your first time visiting I recommend popping in to ask for directions.

To get to the caves you have to follow a beautiful route through a wood which is mostly traversable via a long stretch of path which is made out of wooden decking, the walk through the woods and along the river is so lovely it would be worth making in itself even if the caves were not at the end of it. The lush wood is full of wildlife and at the right time of year there is abundant wild garlic growing there it is important to note that is can get quite muddy if there has been heavy rain though the wooden walkway through the wood lifts you up out of most of it.

The caves themselves are surprisingly large with several rooms and corridors running off each other, doors and windows are cut into the rock face with views out over the river, there is a sheer drop from the caves down into the river below. Apparently the caves were carved out of the cliff face by Colonel Lacy who is also famous for attempting to blow up long meg and her daughters which is a large neolithic stone circle not far from the caves, luckily he did not succeed in that ambition though the caves he built as a folly really are a lovely place to visit.

Visited March 2013
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Mysterious Caves.”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

After seeing the review on Trip Advisor my partner and I decided to take a wander up to said Caves. The path isn't well signposted so we instead of walking down a private road but open for walkers walked down towards the river bank and wandered along there. We walked round the bend for about 10-15 minutes and when we were going to give up we saw the caves nestled high above so we knew we were going in the right direction.

Once we knew where we were going we found the caves no problem. They're very mysterious and strange but a lovely little spot, especially when we had such nice weather whilst there. My partner is quite into his photography and he enjoyed taking plenty of photos! I would suggest taking a torch for some of the chambers as it was quite dark.

Visited March 2013
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