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Lacy's Caves, Penrith

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Cave · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lacy's Caves are a series of 5 chambers in the red sandstone cliff of River Eden, just north of Little Salkeld, Cumbria, England, near Nunnery, at grid reference NY564383.
They are named after Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Lacy of Salkeld Hall, who commissioned their carving in the 18th century. The reason for their creation is unknown, however they were used by Lacy for entertaining guests and the area was originally planted with ornamental gardens.
The site is a listed Regionally Important Geological Site by Eden District Council and public footpaths to the site are well maintained. Some of the path follows the line of a former tramway connecting Long Meg Mine with the nearby Settle–Carlisle line. The site is situated close to Long Meg and Her Daughters and on a popular circular walk.

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  • First up, it is quite a walk there. Not a hike, but a reasonable trip. If you don’t like walking it may be too far for you. Saying that, if you don’t mind a walk, it is hauntingly stunning. I would.....  more »
  • Lovely caves. Glad had the little walk to try find them. Wasn't sure about attempting after mixed reviews with those with young children but glad we did. We had two preschoolers and were fine with...  more »
  • Lovely walk to lacy caves and long meg and her daughters. Walked with young children who really enjoyed the adventure walk. Lots of lovely scenery and things to see on the way. Nice places for a...  more »
  • A trip down memory lane as I used to go here as a child. 40 years later I've taken my own children and they have promised to do the same!! Never disappoints. Some of the path has been washed away so take care with small children
  • A great place of interest to plan into a longer walk. The caves don't have much information at them but are a interesting curiousity to see and quite unusual. There is a loop which can be started either at the north end at Glassonby Beck or in the village of Little Salkeld. At the north end there is parking for about 6 cars while at the south end there is parking on the roadside at several points in the village. The loop includes the little meg standing stone circle and the old gypsum mine. We found the path north of Lacy's caves to be okay despite reviews to the contrary, the boardwalk has a few holes in it and is muddy in a few places but more than manageable for day walkers.
  • Lovely walk. Usual caves
  • Great place to visit and for a walk along the river. Be careful of the cliffs.
  • Really unusual location, paths are a bit treacherous so be careful

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