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Eden Valley & The North Pennines

The Eden Valley is located on the tranquil eastern side of Cumbria. A landscape of undulating meadows and beautiful villages gives this area of Cumbria a unique charm and character. The area’s varied history has left a wealth of fascinating places to discover, from enchanting castles and historic homes to impressive Neolithic henges and stone circles.

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 enjoy a 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. Better yet, 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

Being Human at Base Camp

Being Human at Base Camp

Penrith

Sat 29 Apr - Sun 2 Jul 2017

In April 2016, Cumbrian artist Derek Eland, became the first ever artist in residence at Everest Base Camp...

Othello

Othello - Live From The Royal Opera House

Penrith

Wed 28 Jun 2017

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder.

Punctures Made Easy

Beginners Bike Maintenance evening for ladies

Penrith

Thu 29 Jun 2017

Punctures made easy! Basic bike maintenance evening and set up, things you need to know about your bike and how to mend them, in order to be self-sufficient when you’re out on a day bike ride on your own.

Lovely Eycott Hill

Conservation Day

Penrith

Thu 29 Jun 2017

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and upland meadows. Help us with nature reserve tasks this spring and summer including dry stone walling, fence and boardwalk building and wildflower plug plantin

Steven Venables

Steven Venables Four Men on a Mountain

Penrith

Thu 29 Jun 2017

Two Americans, one Canadian and one Briton – alone on the biggest wall of the world’s highest mountain.

Hands on Strip and Build Bike Day

Strip and Build a Bike day (Hands On)

Penrith

Thu 29 Jun 2017

This course is the next stage and for those who can already happily remove a back wheel and know how to mend a puncture/ change an inner tube.

Volunteers at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Volunteer work party

Penrith

Thu 29 Jun 2017

Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust with nature reserve tasks this spring and summer at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.

Guided walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Guided walk

Penrith

Fri 30 Jun 2017

Enjoy wonderful views as you learn about Cumbria Wildlife Trust's fantastic upland nature reserve and the wildlife and geology that make it so special.

Tiles and Triptychs in Porcelain

Tiles and Triptychs in porcelain

Penrith

Fri 30 Jun 2017

A day a very talented ceramics artist creating textured tiles of sizes to suit your need.Whether to be incorporated in a kitchen wall setting, combined as a Triptych or simply to use as single tile decoration.

Hand Stitched Leather Goods Day

Hand Stitched Leather Goods Day

Penrith

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Using basic leather stitching skills, make a belt and a simple coin purse or a small leather bag.

Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy

Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy

Penrith

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Award-winning Ullswater Yacht Club’s biggest event of the year, the long-distance Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy, takes place on July 1 & 2.

Saturday Art Club at Rheged

Saturday Art Club at Rheged

Penrith

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Come and join us for our Saturday Art Club this July packed full of colourful, creative fun!

Skelton Show

Skelton Show

Penrith

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Skelton Show is a popular agricultural show with something for all the family.

Cane Chair Restoration

Cane Chair Restoration Workshop

Penrith

Sun 2 Jul 2017

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

Fellside Concerts

Fellside Concerts

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Sun 2 Jul 2017

The Eden Valley Young Musicians present an evening of beautiful music in a glorious setting.

Othello

Othello - Live From The Royal Opera House

Penrith

Sun 2 Jul 2017

World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder.

America Wild 3D

America Wild 3D

Penrith

Mon 3 - Mon 10 Jul 2017

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, America Wild: National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.

Swallows and Amazons PG

Swallows and Amazons PG

Penrith

Mon 3 - Fri 7 Jul 2017

Set sail with the Walker and Blackett children on a quest far bigger than they ever imagined in an adaptation of this heart-warming family classic set in the beautiful Lake District.

Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'

Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors'

Penrith

Tue 4 Jul 2017

Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful gardens of Hutton-in-the-Forest before watching the wonderful performance by Illyria.

The Walled Garden

Meet the Gardener

Penrith

Wed 5 Jul 2017

A tour of the beautiful & historic gardens of Hutton-in-the-Forest.

Visitors admiring Eycott Hill Meadows

Wildflower walk

Penrith

Wed 5 Jul 2017

Join Cumbria Wildlife Trust at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve to look at some of the summer’s finest wildflowers.

Studying Eycott Hill's meadows

Introduction to grass ID

Penrith

Thu 6 Jul 2017

An introduction to grass identification with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and John O’Reilly of Ptyxis Ecology, suitable for beginners and amateurs.

La Boheme

La Boheme Captured Live From Taormina 5th July

Penrith

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Every summer, the spectacular Teatro Antico di Taormina attracts legions of opera fans with its 2000-year-old stage and its breathtaking Mt. Etna backdrop.

Saturday Art Club at Rheged

Saturday Art Club at Rheged

Penrith

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Come and join us for our Saturday Art Club this July packed full of colourful, creative fun!

Things to do

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.

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.

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.

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

Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem....

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.

Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Appleby Castle is one of the few Norman castles to have been occupied continuously since its building.

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.

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.

Upfront Gallery and Coffee Shop

Upfront Gallery & Coffee Shop

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.

Eden Valley Artistic Network

Eden Valley Artistic Network

Penrith

Eden Valley Artistic Network aims to bring art to an audience. We are a group of artists, organisations and venues based in the North Lakes and Eden Valley.

Cumbrian Discoveries

Cumbrian Discoveries

Penrith

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

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.

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.

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.

Gyrocopter Experience

Lake District Gyroplanes

Penrith

A spectacular Gyrocopter Trial Flight and unique flying lesson. You have the thrill of taking control or just take in the views. Based at Berrier Airfield near Penrith/Ullswater/Keswick. Ideal gift or just to treat yourself.

Upfront Puppet Theatre

Upfront Puppet Theatre

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.

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.

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.

Thacka Beck Nature Reserve

Thacka Beck Nature Reserve

Penrith

Hay meadows, wet grassland, scrub, hedges, ponds and the beck provide homes for a wealth of wildlife. Although small in size, the reserve has a remarkable number of birds.

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.

Long Meg and her Daughters

Long Meg and her Daughters

Penrith

Second largest circle in England - 360' diameter. Long Meg is an outlying stone and is decorated with concentric circle - late Neolithic or early Bronze Age (c2000 or earlier).

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