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Friends of the Lake District bought Little Asby Common, adjacent to Mazonwath in 2003. In 2009, one of the commoners approached us offering to sell us three fields at Mazonwath, totalling 13ha. As the fields are adjacent to the Common and the sale included common rights it was felt it could protect the common and help the commoners with stock management enabling them to enter an agri-environment scheme whereby the common is managed in a more environmentally friendly way. There was also scope for landscape enhancement in terms of wall repair, habitat enhancement, and planting succession trees, and for the engagement of volunteers on the property, in particular through traditional dry stone wall training. 

Virtual Tour

Pay a virtual visit to Mazonwath with an aerial 360 degree panorama which you can move around the property. Explore this limestone landscape, discover more about its history, our work on the site since its purchase in 2009, our achievements and our plans for the future to explore opportunities to enhance habitats within this farmed landscape.


Mazonwath adjoins Little Asby Common which enjoys Open Access at all times. It is situated about five miles east of Orton. It can be reached via the the C3070 from Raisebeck to Little Asby, or the C3074 from Newbiggin-on-Lune. The grid ref of the joining of these two roads is 090686 (OL19 Explorer map Howgill Fells). There are no direct bus services across the Common, but buses from Appleby and Kirkby Stephen may pass nearby.

Themed Guide

Download a printable guide to Upland Hay Meadows here.