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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

Journey to Space

Daily Film: Journey to Space

Penrith

Sat 8 Oct - 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

Sat 8 Oct - 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.

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.

Yuletide Afternoon Tea & Cruise

Yuletide Afternoon Tea & Cruise

Penrith

Tue 1 Nov - Fri 23 Dec 2016

Indulge in a delicious Afternoon Tea and board the Steamer at a time to suit for a picturesque cruise on Lake Ullswater (weather permitting).

Willow Sculptures, Hares for the Garden

Willow Sculptures: Hares for the Garden

Penrith

Wed 7 Dec 2016

Willow Hare Sculptures.... one of a series of popular Willow Animal Sculpture Workshops held this season with Phil Bradley at the Cycle Cafe.

Volunteers fencing at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Conservation work party

Penrith

Thu 8 Dec 2016

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

The Nutcracker Live From The Royal Ballet

The Nutcracker Live From The Royal Ballet

Penrith

Thu 8 Dec 2016

The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wrights 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful ballet, danced to Tchaikovskys magnificent score.

Willow Stars and Christmas Garlands

Willow Weaving - Angels for Christmas & Beyond

Penrith

Thu 8 Dec 2016

In this workshop you’ll be creating willow stars in a variety of sizes, they look lovely as a large feature on mantelpiece/wall etc or garlands made from willow, silver birch,

The art of wet felting

Felt Garlands For Christmas

Penrith

Fri 9 Dec 2016

Make a Fabulous Felt Garland for Christmas with Marieke Tomlin.

Santa’s Magical Forest

Santa’s Magical Forest

Penrith

Fri 9 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Make plans to visit Santa in his magical cottage as he makes a special stop off at Rheged this year!

Boxing Day Casino Night

Boxing Day Casino Night

Penrith

Sat 10 - Sat 17 Dec 2016

Enjoy our fabulous 6 course dinner and afterwards we request your company at the James Bond themed casino tables.

Christmas Party Nights

Christmas Party Nights

Penrith

Sat 10 - Sat 17 Dec 2016

Dust off your dancing shoes and feel the festive party fever at one of our fantastic Christmas party nights!

Colin Caygill Antiques Fair

Colin Caygill Antiques Fair

Penrith

Sun 11 Dec 2016

An emporium of stands bursting with home furnishings, collectors items, vintage jewellery, clothes, antique tools, militaria, watches and more. Spend your Sunday having a good rummage and pick up a design classic or a quirky find.

The Nutcracker Live From The Royal Ballet

The Nutcracker Live From The Royal Ballet

Penrith

Sun 11 Dec 2016

The Royal Ballet celebrates Peter Wrights 90th birthday with his much-loved production of this beautiful ballet, danced to Tchaikovskys magnificent score.

Make a spectacular Christmas wreath

Traditional Christmas wreath making (large)

Penrith

Sun 11 - Mon 12 Dec 2016

Make your own large Door Wreath for Christmas.

Orton Moss volunteers having a tea break

Conservation Day

Penrith

Tue 13 Dec 2016

Come and visit this important SSSI. We will be carrying out tree felling and scrub clearance to restore woodlands and grasslands.

Volunteers fencing at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Conservation work party

Penrith

Wed 14 Dec 2016

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

The National Theatre Live: No Mans Land

The National Theatre Live: No Mans Land

Penrith

Thu 15 Dec 2016

Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.

Santa’s Magical Forest

Santa’s Magical Forest

Penrith

Fri 16 - Sun 18 Dec 2016

Make plans to visit Santa in his magical cottage as he makes a special stop off at Rheged this year!

The National Theatre Live: No Mans Land

The National Theatre Live: No Mans Land

Penrith

Sat 17 Dec 2016

Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.

Smardale volunteers

Conservation Day

Kirkby Stephen

Sun 18 Dec 2016

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

The Nutcracker Recorded From The Bolshoi Ballet

The Nutcracker Recorded From The Bolshoi Ballet

Penrith

Sun 18 Dec 2016

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll transforms into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. Before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King whose army is threatening Marie…

Santa’s Magical Forest

Santa’s Magical Forest

Penrith

Mon 19 - Sat 24 Dec 2016

Make plans to visit Santa in his magical cottage as he makes a special stop off at Rheged this year!

Jack And The Bean Stalk

Reamba Presents Jack And The Bean Stalk

Penrith

Thu 29 - Fri 30 Dec 2016

Reamba presents Jack and the Beanstalk.

Things to do

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cumbrian Discoveries

Cumbrian Discoveries

Penrith

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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