• Start: Millom Station
  • Distance: 6 miles round trip, although you can half the distance by taking the train one way between Millom and Green Road.
  • Total time at least 3 hours.
  • Grade: Fairly easy, on field paths and tracks.
  • Places to visit: Millom Folk Museum will give you an excellent introduction to Millom?s fascinating iron mining and steel making history. Telephone - 01229 772555. Millom Craft Centre, in station buildings, workshops and exhibitions. Telephone - 01229 770000.

Leave the main entrance to the station and head to the War Memorial. Cross the road to walk down the short length of Cambridge Street. Turn left up Holborn Hill (the only climb on the walk!) and take the first turn right along Festival Road. Bear left of the large grassed area to the footpath sign to Church Fields. This old church path (surfaced) passes initially behind houses and then crosses meadows with open views to ?the Old Church? dating back to 1160. The romantic will appreciate the five ancient iron kissing gates along this section of the track, while if your interests are more historic you will appreciate the church, castle and old school that you pass to reach the main road, A5093. Turn right, walk about 200 yards along the pavement and cross the road to the footpath signed ?Underhill?. This next section is the only part of the whole route where the summer grass could be long and possibly wet! To navigate this section you will enjoy looking for more kissing gates, ancient narrow stone stiles and helpful yellow paint and arrows. The general trend of the way keeps to hedges on your left until a wooden stile is reached where there are two yellow arrows. Ignore the left hand arrow and take a diagonal line across the field to continue following arrows and stiles soon reaching and crossing a lane (between Hall Bank to the left and Marsh Side to the right). From here the path heads for the scattered houses of The Hill with continuing views of the Coniston Hills beyond. Still keeping hedges on your left, go through four fields swinging left at the end of the third and right in the fourth keeping level along the hedge, below the hill on a grassy terrace. This brings you to a gate onto a lane. Go left through a small wooden gate to follow the mown path through a garden. Take the steps up to the minor road. Turn right and after approximately 400 yards turn left into a long, straight green lane which reaches the minor road to Green Road Station at the old pumping house. Turn right and you will soon reach the station which could be the end of your walk, but the return walk to Millom provides easy walking with fine views of Black Coombe and the Duddon Estuary and a great variety of flowers and birds. Continue from the station towards the estuary and after about 100 yards turn right along another lane. Follow this for a mile (crossing the railway after half a mile) until a little road from The Hill comes in from the right. Cross the railway on this bridlepath and continue until you reach the embankment and the final section of the route. Turn right along this lovely green raised path, bordering the Duddon Estuary with its rich variety of salt-marsh plants and birds. Ahead of you St George?s Church spire acts as a beacon to lead you back to Millom.