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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...

Breadmaking by Hand

Artisan Breadmaking Workshop

Penrith

Wed 24 May 2017

One of our very popular traditional Baking day workshops, these are always very busy and productive day.

RSC Live: Anthony and Cleopatra

RSC Live: Anthony and Cleopatra

Penrith

Wed 24 May 2017

Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

Enjoying a break in the sunshine!

Conservation Day

Penrith

Thu 25 May 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

Volunteers at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Volunteer work party

Penrith

Thu 25 May 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 26 May 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.

Ballerina (U) 2016

Ballerina (U) 2016

Penrith

Sat 27 May - Thu 1 Jun 2017

Ballerina tells the story of a young girl who runs away from an orphanage to try and achieve her dream of becoming a dancer.

Creative Pottery Painting

Creative Pottery Painting

Penrith

Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun 2017

Mini masterpieces are made every day at our Create pottery painting workshop, which is next to our soft play area.

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon Trail

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon Trail

Penrith

Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun 2017

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon I said!

Fairy Folk and Pixie People of Lowther

Fairy Folk and Pixie People of Lowther

Penrith

Sat 27 May - Sat 3 Jun 2017

Calling all Pixie Seekers and Fairy Finders! Join us for a week of whimsical fun at Lowther Castle & Gardens.

King Kong Climbing Tower

King Kong Climbing Tower

Penrith

Sat 27 May - Sun 4 Jun 2017

Enjoy being outside at Rheged with King Kong Climbing Centre and their fantastic free standing climbing tower.

Sing (U) 2016

Sing (U) 2016

Penrith

Sat 27 May 2017

Ever seen a group of animals take part in a singing contest?

Lego Bat Man

The LEGO Batman Movie (U) 2017

Penrith

Sat 27 May 2017

Action comedy, The Lego Batman Movie takes us on an adventure with Lego Batman as he tries to save Gotham from being taken over by super villains led by the evil Lego Joker.

Beginners Artistic Blacksmithing and Metal Forging

Beginners Artistic Blacksmithing & Metal Forging

Penrith

Sun 28 May 2017

Take Adrian Woods and Bill (his Dad), c/w a long wheel base van from Cleveland equipped with 3 portable blacksmithing furnaces, six anvils and many tools.

Car show

Classic Cars in the Park

Penrith

Sun 28 May 2017

Glorious setting for a wonderful display of classic cars at the historic house & garden, home of Lord & Lady Inglewood & family.

RSC Live: Anthony and Cleopatra

RSC Live: Anthony and Cleopatra

Penrith

Sun 28 May 2017

Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

Bewcastle Soft Cheese

Artisan Cheese Making in the Home

Penrith

Mon 29 May 2017

Artisan Cheese Making in the Home - a one day cheese making workshop!

Bushcraft With Reach Beyond Adventure

Bushcraft With Reach Beyond Adventure

Penrith

Mon 29 May 2017

Back by popular demand, the enthusiastic Ullswater based Reach Beyond Adventure will return to Rheged, to share some expedition skills that every explorer needs to know!

Sing (U) 2016

Sing (U) 2016

Penrith

Mon 29 May - Thu 1 Jun 2017

Ever seen a group of animals take part in a singing contest?

Lego Bat Man

The LEGO Batman Movie (U) 2017

Penrith

Mon 29 May - Thu 1 Jun 2017

Action comedy, The Lego Batman Movie takes us on an adventure with Lego Batman as he tries to save Gotham from being taken over by super villains led by the evil Lego Joker.

Make Carnival Wind Kites with Creation Station

Make Carnival Wind Kites with Creation Station

Penrith

Tue 30 May 2017

Create your own bright and colourful windsock kite, perfect for celebrating the carnival season!

Bushcraft With Reach Beyond Adventure

Bushcraft With Reach Beyond Adventure

Penrith

Wed 31 May 2017

Back by popular demand, the enthusiastic Ullswater based Reach Beyond Adventure will return to Rheged, to share some expedition skills that every explorer needs to know!

Join The Spy Academy

Join The Spy Academy

Penrith

Wed 31 May 2017

Calling all would be spies. 3 clowns have been spotted going into the pottery workshop with balloon swords and there was too much ‘clowning about’ and one clown knocked over a beautiful pot.

Volunteers at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Volunteer work party

Penrith

Wed 31 May 2017

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Cumbrian Discoveries

Cumbrian Discoveries

Penrith

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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