Shap sits high on the moors just outside the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park, and is dominated by transport links with the A6 running through the middle of the village, a railway line along its eastern edge and the M6 a short distance further to the east.
At one point Shap contained a K Shoes factory, now sadly closed. The quarries are still important, with limestone and granite both produced close to the village.
Before the arrival of the M6 Shap was famous for the winter snow storms that almost always stranded lorry drivers in the area (in recent years heavy snow has also blocked the M6 near Shap, although not as easily or for as long).
The ruins of Shap Abbey can be found just to the west of the village. The seventeenth century market hall was built with stone from the abbey.
Directions: Shap sits on the A6.
Grid Reference: NY 563 151