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Eden Valley & The North Pennines

The splendour of the rolling green Eden Valley stretches towards the rugged pennine hills, with an array of sparkling rivers, wondrous wildlife and grand stately homes along the way. To the south west is Ullswater, where you can take a lake cruise to take in the surrounding soaring montains such as Helvellyn or simply take in the views as you stroll along the lakeshore. This little known part of Cumbria is scattered with hidden gems and amazing market towns such as Penrith, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. Uncover medieval castles and ancient relics, or soak in the charm of traditional villages like Askham and Langwathby. 

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Eden Valley
Appleby in Westmorland
Appleby in Westmorland

Appleby-In-Westmorland

The ancient market town and royal borough of Appleby, in the heart of the Eden Valley, is the focal point for many outlying villages and hamlets.
Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen

Kirkby Stephen & Brough

A landscape rich in myths and legends, in prehistoric settlements and burial mounds, strategic Roman forts and defensive Norman castles.
Alston
Alston

Alston

Alston is the highest market town in England and sits at the junction of several Trans-Pennine routes. Surrounding the town is Alston Moor, a beautiful and diverse area known for its rare alpine flora and moorland birds.
Penrith
Penrith

Penrith & Surrounding Area

Located at an important intersection of routes between Scotland and England and a cross-Pennines road, the historic market town of Penrith has reaped the benefits of good transport links for centuries.

What's On

Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016

Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016

Penrith

Fri 9 Sep - Sun 13 Nov 2016

Cumbrian Artist of the Year returns to the Gallery at Rheged.

Cymbeline Live From The Royal Shakespeare Company

Cymbeline Live From The Royal Shakespeare Company

Penrith

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.

Journey to Space

Daily Film: Journey to Space

Penrith

Tue 27 Sep - Sat 31 Dec 2016

In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked the moon, and lived continuously in orbit. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next Stop… Mars!

Life of A Mountain - Blencathra

Daily Film: Life of A Mountain - Blencathra

Penrith

Tue 27 Sep - Sat 31 Dec 2016

From award winning outdoors filmmaker Terry Abraham and producer of the BBC hit 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' comes the sequel showcasing one of the Lake District's most beloved fells; Blencathra.

Guided walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Geology Guided Walk

Penrith

Wed 28 Sep 2016

Join geologist John Rodgers on a guided walk to discover how this landscape was shaped by volcanic activity millions of years ago.

Go Herdwick trail V-ewe-ing

Go Herdwick trail V-ewe-ing

Penrith

Thu 22 - Wed 28 Sep 2016

The only opportunity to see the whole flock together. Enjoy all 108 ladies and babies in one place for just one week here at Rheged.

Stained Glass Panel Days with Jackie Hunt

Stained Glass Panel Making

Penrith

Tue 27 - Wed 28 Sep 2016

Jackie Hunt is an extremely accomplished tutor of Stained Glass, with a wealth of experience behind her. She has created some beautiful commissions across the country and we are delighted that she is coming to Greystoke.

Furniture Painting with Chalk Paints

Furniture Painting: Upcycle with chalk paints

Penrith

Thu 29 Sep 2016

Bring your own small item of furniture and learn the techniques to upcycle it using chalk paints. With Sonjja Tilleard.

Cane Chair Restoration

Cane Chair Restoration Workshop

Penrith

Fri 30 Sep 2016

This is wonderful opportunity to learn the various stages of cane chair restoration with Wendy Wilkinson.

Eycott Volunteers

Conservation Work Party

Penrith

Fri 30 Sep 2016

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape. Help us survey plant life across some of our woodlands so that we can assess the success of our conservation work. No experience required

Checking mammal traps at Eycott Hill Nature Reserv

Discover small mammals

Penrith

Sat 1 Oct 2016

Find out about the many mice and voles that scurry around Eycott. We will be checking special live traps. All mini mammals will be released! Sturdy walking or wellington boots recommended. Please book in advance, call 01539 816300

Wall Resident

Discover Small Mammals

Penrith

Sat 1 Oct 2016

Find out about the many mice and voles that scurry around Eycott. We'll be checking the special live traps.

Fly Fest Fishing Expo 2016

Fly Fest Fishing Expo 2016

Penrith

Sat 1 Oct 2016

Now in its third year, this show aims to promote the very best in Fly Tying, Fly Fishing, Fly Casting and Fly Film.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)

Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)

Penrith

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Oct 2016

Halloween is approaching and the Drac Pack are back for a monster-mashed Hotel Transylvania sequel.

Felt Art

Make a Felt Cover for your Tablet, Phone or Book

Penrith

Sat 1 Oct 2016

Create your very own felted cover for your iPad, Tablet, phone or favourite book. Marieke will bring all the materials necessary for the day,including a lovely choice of of vibrant colours in various fleeces and silks.

Photography at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Photography Workshop

Penrith

Sat 1 Oct 2016

Join a fantastic photography workshop with professional photographer Andrew Heptinstall. Learn how to get the most from your digital camera and capture wonderful images of Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.

Fly Fest Fishing Expo 2016

Fly Fest Fishing Expo 2016

Penrith

Sun 2 Oct 2016

Now in its third year, this show aims to promote the very best in Fly Tying, Fly Fishing, Fly Casting and Fly Film.

Rag Rug Day

Rag Rug Day - Emma Tennant

Penrith

Tue 4 Oct 2016

The much acclaimed Emma Tennant, author of several of our favourite Rag Rug publications on the history of rug making will be visiting to inspire us yet again into creating some exciting pieces.

The Sleeping Beauty - The Australian Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty - The Australian Ballet

Penrith

Tue 4 Oct 2016

Fairies, a prince and a spell-shattering kiss: don’t miss the world premiere of David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty in cinemas.

Walling at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Drystone walling course

Penrith

Wed 5 - Thu 6 Oct 2016

Learn the traditional craft of dry stone walling with an expert from the Drystone Walling Association. This workshop will take two days and will be mostly outside after an inside introduction. Sturdy boots and waterproofs are essential.

This lovely loaf is gluten free & made here

Gluten Free Baking: Breads and pastries

Penrith

Wed 5 Oct 2016

All our bread is made by Gill and on this course she will teach you how to create really tasty bread that you’ll find doesn't bear any similarity to any other you’ve had before.

Lino Cut Printing with Janet Dickson at Greystoke

Lino Cut Printing with Janet Dickson

Penrith

Fri 7 Oct 2016

We are delighted that Janet has agreed to travel from her Northumberland home & print studio to take her wonderful Lino cut courses at Greystoke.

Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery

Intro to Silver Clay Jewellery

Penrith

Sat 8 Oct 2016

Jo runs her own Silver jewellery business called Silver Forge in the South Lakes.

10k trail run & 4k family fun run

10k trail run & 4k family fun run

Penrith

Sun 9 Oct 2016

Super scenic routes around Lowther Estate.

Things to do

Askham Hall Gardens

Askham Hall

Penrith

Take a stroll through our beautiful gardens with views of the River Lowther, visit our animals and enjoy something delicious in our Kitchen Garden Café.

Lowther Castle & Gardens

Lowther Castle & Gardens Trust

Penrith

The ruined castle and gardens at Lowther stand on a limestone escarpment at the Northern edge of the Lake District National Park. Visit the once famous gardens, one of England's greatest, but unseen for 70 years.

Aira Force Waterfall

Aira Force Waterfall

Penrith

The tumbling waterfall of Aira Force, drops an impressive 65 feet. Its roaring falls set amongst enchanting woodland and landscaped glades with cheeky red squirrels and perfect picnic spots make for a great family day out.

Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank

Penrith

At the heart of the Eden Valley, with spectacular views to the Lake District, Acorn Bank is a tranquil haven with a walled garden and an outstanding medicinal and culinary herb collection. The restored watermill works most weekends.

Alba Travel

Alba Travel

Penrith

We are very flexible and versatile with our approach to business, and are continually awarded with compliments of our personal style of operation. Our company portfolio includes weddings, airport transfers, lakes tours and day trips.

The Rheged Centre

The Rheged Centre

Penrith

Rheged has the largest 3D cinema around, an art gallery with changing art, craft and photography exhibitions, 3 cafes and 9 individual shops.

Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Penrith

A lovely walled tea garden to the front and back of our 17thC Cumbrian home providing a tranquil spot in which to relax, read the papers and let the world pass you by. Perfect for children and families.

Hutton-in-the-Forest Historic House

Hutton in the Forest

Penrith

Historic house based on a medieval pele tower with substantial 17th, 18th and 19thC additions. The house contains fine collections of furniture, ceramics, tapestry and portraits and is still a private residence.

The Winter Droving

Eden Arts

Penrith

Eden Arts is an artist-led organisation based in Eden in Cumbria. Eden Arts base is at Penrith Old Fire Station, which hosts a range of gigs, exhibitions and activities, but the organisation also arranges festivals like The Winter Droving.

Upfront Puppet Theatre

Upfront Arts Venue

Penrith

Purpose built 140 seat puppet theatre at Upfront Gallery. This is the only purpose built puppet theatre in the north of England. Productions will delight audiences from ages 4 - 94 years of age.

Cumbrian Discoveries

Cumbrian Discoveries

Penrith

Customised sightseeing and walking tours - general or special interest. Cruise specialists. Private visits, 'meet the locals'.

The Lake District School of Food & Wine

The Lake District School of Food & Wine

Penrith

The Lake District School of Food & Wine is situated in the beautiful Eden Valley with close proximity to the M6. The Cookery Classes take place in a modern well equipped teaching kitchen, in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

Moor House Upper Teesdale Nature Reserve

Moor House Upper Teesdale Nature Reserve

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Moor House is an upland National Nature Reserve on the backbone of England, around the headwaters of the River Tees and includes Great Dun Fell (848m), Little Dun Fell, and Knock Fell as well as the source of the River Tees.

South Tynedale Railway

South Tynedale Railway

Alston

Enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston to Kirkhaugh or Lintley.

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve

Penrith

Cliburn Moss National Nature Reserve is a basin mire which supports an unusual range of fen, bog and heath communities with several rare and scarce plant species.

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

Penrith

Dalemain is a fine mixture of medieval, Tudor and early Georgian architecture. The imposing Georgian façade strikes the visitor immediately but in the cobbled courtyard the atmosphere of the north country Tudor manor is secure.

Upfront Gallery and Coffee Shop

Upfront Arts Venue

Penrith

Upfront gallery has changing exhibitions throughout the year. There is a shop selling ceramics, jewellery, cards and gifts. A restaurant serving a wide selection of vegetarian meals, snacks and home-made cakes.

Brougham Castle

Brougham Castle

Penrith

Picturesque Brougham Castle was begun in the early 13thC by Robert de Vieuxpont, near the site of a Roman fort guarding the crossing of the River Eamont.

Waitby Greenriggs Nature Reserve

Waitby Greenriggs Nature Reserve

Kirkby Stephen

A secluded and tranquil railway cutting and embankment where a wealth of wildflowers can be seen in the summer along with many species of butterfly.

Brougham Arts Festival

Brougham Hall

Penrith

16+ high quality, local artists & craft workers creating, displaying & selling their work RSPB & Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Shap Standing Stones

Shap Standing Stones

Penrith

Early antiquarians describe an avenue of stones at Shap extending for more than a mile in length. A short distance south of Shap village, the Kemp Howe stone circle, unfortunately it has been cut into by the railway line.

Leacet Stone Circle

Leacet Stone Circle

Penrith

Circle is 37' across, seven stones and the retaining kerb of a destroyed cairn. Nineteenth-century excavations produced a cremation.

Broomrigg Circle

Broomrigg Circle

Penrith

Three stone circles and two smaller settings of boulders 12' across. Inside one of the circles was a series of cremations, one in a collared urn. The cirlces are located just behind ther village of Ainstable near Carlisle.

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