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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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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

The Great Print Exhibition 2016

The Great Print Exhibition 2016

Penrith

Fri 25 Nov 2016 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

The Great Print Exhibition is the largest exhibition of original prints in the North of England.

The Search For Life In Space

The Search For Life In Space

Penrith

Fri 6 Jan - Sun 30 Apr 2017

Daily Large Format Film: The Search For Life In Space

45 Years

Best of British Season: 45 Years (2015)

Penrith

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Anchored by sensational performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, 45 Years is an intimate, moving and beautifully restrained portrait of a marriage shaken to its core by things left unspoken.

Volunteers

Conservation Work Party

Penrith

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and upland meadows.

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

Penrith

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Find out about the stars above with the help of Border Astronomical Society. There will be an introductory talk at the Sportsman Inn before star gazing at Eycott Hill. Sturdy boots recommended. Please bring binoculars if you can.

The Lady in the Van

Best of British: The Lady in the Van 2015 12A

Penrith

Fri 27 Jan - Thu 2 Feb 2017

The Lady in the Van tells the true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and Miss Shepherd...

The Chef Show

The Chef Show

Penrith

Fri 27 Jan 2017

The story of The Chef Show centres on father and son Abdul and Kamal on a busy night in their restaurant.

How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon

Penrith

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Jan 2017

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons, becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

The Chef Show

The Chef Show

Penrith

Sat 28 Jan 2017

The story of The Chef Show centres on father and son Abdul and Kamal on a busy night in their restaurant. The evening includes a cookery demonstration and nibbles!

Health and Wellbeing Fair

Health and Wellbeing Fair

Penrith

Sun 29 Jan 2017

Following the success of the R.E.D (Run Every Day) January campaign, the 5 Cumbrian branches of Mind, in association with GLL Better Leisure are holding a Health and Wellbeing Day.

Il Trovatore

Il Trovatore - Live From The Royal Opera House

Penrith

Tue 31 Jan 2017

The first revival of David Bösch’s new production, conducted by Richard Farnes and starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anita Rachvelishvili, Lianna Haroutounian and Gregory Kunde.

Amadeus

Amadeus

Penrith

Thu 2 Feb 2017

Amadeus – Live Form The National Theatre (12a)

Suffragette

Best of British: Suffragette (2015) (12A)

Penrith

Fri 3 Feb 2017

Suffragette is the powerful and thrilling film about the remarkable untold story of the real foot soldiers of the Suffragette movement.

Spectacular Eycott Hill

Conservation Day at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Penrith

Fri 3 Feb 2017

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and upland meadows.

Volunteers

Conservation Work Party

Penrith

Fri 3 Feb 2017

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and upland meadows.

Little Frankenstein

Little Frankenstein

Penrith

Fri 3 Feb 2017

A little horror for little horrors! A treat not to be missed! Little Frankenstein will tickle the imagination of everyone from 5 to 105 years old.

Drypoint with Joanna Bourne

Drypoint with Joanna Bourne

Penrith

Sat 4 Feb 2017

Joanna, whose work is part of The Great Print Exhibition currently in our Gallery has been printmaking since the late 1980s and was voted “Printmaker’s Printmaker” at Printfest 2014.

How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon

Penrith

Sat 4 - Sun 5 Feb 2017

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons, becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Woodblock and Chine-Colle With Joanna Bourne

Woodblock and Chine-Colle With Joanna Bourne

Penrith

Sat 4 Feb 2017

Joanna, whose work is part of The Great Print Exhibition in our gallery has been printmaking since the late 1980s and was voted “Printmaker’s Printmaker” at Printfest 2014.

Volunteers taking a well earned rest

Conservation Day

Kirkby Stephen

Sun 5 Feb 2017

We'll be coppicing and brash burning along the disused railway line to maintain an open ride for butterflies. This will encourage the diverse woodland ground flora to proliferate and keep the footpath open for public access.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake - Captured Live From The Bolshio Ballet

Penrith

Sun 5 Feb 2017

At moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realizes too late that Fate has another plan

Suffragette

Best of British: Suffragette (2015) (12A)

Penrith

Mon 6 - Thu 9 Feb 2017

Suffragette is the powerful and thrilling film about the remarkable untold story of the real foot soldiers of the Suffragette movement.

Orton Moss volunteers

Conservation Day at Orton Moss Nature Reserve

Penrith

Tue 7 Feb 2017

Come and and help us make a difference to this important nature reserve. We will be carrying out tree felling and scrub clearance to restore woodlands and grasslands as well as planting native trees.

Volunteers trying their hand at dry stone walling

Conservation Day

Penrith

Wed 8 Feb 2017

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and upland meadows. Come and help us with reserve tasks over the winter and spring including dry stone walling, fence building and tree planting.

Things to do

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Deep in the heart of the Eden Valley, nestling alongside the meandering river Eden, stands Appleby Castle. Viewing and tours by appointment only.

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.

Appleby Summer Pudding: Sat 20th August

Eden Arts

Penrith

Appleby Summer Pudding; a fruity, juicy, gooey, indulgent one-day festival for all the family set in the unique and magical 12th Century Appleby Castle in the heart of Cumbria.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gamelands Stone Circles

Gamelands Stone Circle

Penrith

One mile east of Orton is the ancient Gamelands stone circle. One of the largest in Cumbria, all of its stones have fallen over so none are higher than one yard but they are 100 yards in circumference. Easy access.

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.

Moor Divock

Moor Divock

Penrith

This area is rich in prehistoric remains including a standing stone, stone circle and cairns. Park in the centre at Pooley Bridge and head east towards Roehead, carry on up this track to reach the top of Askham Moor and Morr Divock.

Brougham Hall

Brougham Hall

Penrith

This is a site of considerable historical interest from Bronze Age onwards. As part of the amenities of the hall for wedding receptions there is also a 1310 chapel.

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