Orton is at the hub of a network of footpaths and bridleways which allow a variety of round walks of any length. The open countryside surrounding Orton is limestone with sheep bitten grass which truly offers a wealth of opportunities for walkers. Orton Scar and Great Asby Scar are close to the village while the Howgills, famously documented by Wainwright, are just a few miles away. The mountain walks of the Lake District are an easy and picturesque drive away as are the Yorkshire Dales.
Orton Scar and Great Asby Scar (1 mile)
A path from the village leads directly to the summit of Orton Scar but if you prefer a less energetic walk you can start from the quarry on the B6260. From here you can walk alongside the wall to the monument on the summit. This is an easy walk on open access land. From the summit of Orton Scar you can see the trig point on Great Asby Scar a mile or so away. This is another pleasant walk.
Howgills (7 miles)
Orton Scar and Great Asby Scar are characterised by large outcrops of limestone pavements set amid sheep-grazed grass. These weathered outcrops are not only amazingly picturesque but are also home to a miriad of plants that inhabit the deep crevices. The scenery is truly dramatic.
The Howgill Fells are just a short distance away from Orton. Described by Alfred Wainwright as "often likened to a huddle of squatting elephants" the Howgills are more undulating than the bulk of the Lake District mountains and they are also less crowded. They therefore offer walkers brilliant walking opportunities with the possibility of isolation. There are approximately 40 summits of which several are over 2,000 feet.
Smardale Nature Reserve (8 miles)
Smardale is a beautiful secluded valley that offers a variety of easy circular walks amid beautiful undulating scenery. Walkers can start either from Ravenstonedale or from Newbiggin-on-Lune and return to either village. More details on Walking in Smardale
Yomp Mountain Challenge (11 miles)
The Yomp Mountain Challenge
is an annual event held in June that involves a walk, or run, over 23 miles of beautiful Cumbrian fells in the Upper Eden Valley near Kirkby Stephen. For those who prefer a gentler aim there are walks of 11.5 miles (Half Yomp) and 6.5 miles (Short Yomp). The Yomp Mountain Challenge, formerly known as the Mallerstang Horseshoe and Nine Standards Yomp, was established in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Upper Eden to commemorate the achievements of the British Forces engaged in the Falklands Campaign. The Yomp is a community event open to all.