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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.

Middle Eden/Pennines End

Middle Eden/Pennines End

Just to the southeast of the Carlisle area, the Middle River Eden gorges lie at the heart of this glacial sculptured, dry stone walled, sandstone cottage, sleepy traditional Cumbrian Village landscape.

Flanked by The Lake District National Park to the West and The Pennines to the East this area of natural beauty and quiet country lanes is one of Cumbria's hidden Gems.

Simmerson Hill high above Castle Carrock and The Kings Forest marks a spectacular end to the Pennine Chain, with views eastwards towards Hexham and Newcastle, Northwards to Hadrian's Wall, Border Reiver (the Debatable Lands) and Scotland, and Westward to the Solway Firth, The Isle of Man and The Lake District.

Middle Eden/Pennines End
The Settle & Carlisle scenic railway runs through the area and stops at Armathwaite and Lazonby giving access to this diverse landscape.

The Tour of Britain cycle route and ancient Scottish cattle droving lanes and paths criss cross the area, while grouse fells, salmon & trout fishing, horse ridding and country pursuits can be enjoyed by visitors throughout Middle Eden.

Places to stay

Find your perfect place to stay in this beautiful part of Eden...

Swallow's Nest at Low Dyke Self Catering Cottages

Swallow's Nest

Visit England 4 Star Gold Award cottage just outside Penrith in the Eden Valley. Arranged "upside down" solid oak staircase leads to open-plan living area. Juliet balcony. Woodburning stove. Wi-Fi, towels and linen incl. Sleeps 4.

The Old School - Red Room

The Old School Guest House

A refurbished Victorian school house built in 1866. Now offers 3 en suite rooms furnished to a high standard. We serve a hearty and extensive breakfast menu, with homemade bread and produce.

Roundthorn Country House

Roundthorn Country House

The Roundthorn is a Grade II listed Georgian mansion is set in its own landscaped grounds and enjoys panoramic views of the Eden Valley, the Pennines and Lakeland Fells.

The Lazonby Estate

Sampson's Cave

Superb 7 Bedroom 19th Century Sandstone house set on Private Rural Estate on the edge of the River Eden. Secluded, woodland setting and the perfect get away from it all retreat for friends and families. Sleeps 10.

Temple Sowerby House Hotel & Restaurant

Temple Sowerby House Hotel & Restaurant

Temple Sowerby House is a delightful country hotel in the heart of a peaceful conservation village. Set beneath the majestic sweep of the Pennines, yet just a few minutes drive from the shores of beautiful Ullswater.

Larch Lodge Lounge

Barn Owl Cottage, Cedrus & Larch Lodge

Barn Cottage is 17thC barn conversion with great character with lots of exposed beams and stonework. Cedrus Lodge is a unique design eco-lodge. Both properties are set within the grounds of Upfront Gallery.

Superior King Bedroom

The Heather Glen Country House

Heather Glen Country House, Restaurant and Rooms is set high on a hillside in 3 acres of gardens with new bedrooms. The Restaurant has a Trip Advisor 5 stars.

Howscales

Howscales

4 superbly well-equipped, cosy, comfortable cottages, set around a central cobbled courtyard and surrounded by gardens, within tranquil countryside. Resident owners. Ideal base to explore Eden Valley, Lakes and Pennines. SB available.

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

North Lakes Hotel & Spa

Take a warm Cumbrian welcome, a team of people who love to look after you and fantastic facilities, a perfect combination at any time of the year. Public areas are spacious with log fires and deep, comfy sofas throughout.

Whitrigg House

Whitrigg House

Cumbria Tourism B&B of the year 2016, Cumbria Tourism ‘Superior’ Award, Visit England 4 Star Gold & Breakfast award. A grade 2 listed property, beautifully decorated & furnished sits on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park.

George and Dragon

George and Dragon

The George and Dragonis a beautifully restored 18thC coaching inn situated in a quiet village near Penrith. The restaurant and pub serves fresh, seasonal produce from the owners family estate as well as a range of excellent wines and ales.

@EdenGate

EdenGate

@EdenGate is a family run Victorian guest house offering bed & breakfast accommodation situated ¼ mile from Penrith town centre. Within the 19th century exterior you will find quality cornicing and many more original features.

Harrison House

Harrison House

Beautifully converted 18th Century barn. Three double bedrooms, walled garden, stunning fell views, private terraces, access to sauna.

Kitchen, West Barn

Salutation Yard

Salutation Yard is a tranquil haven comprising of 3 beautifully converted farm buildings nestled in the Eden Valley village of Skelton. It is a 2 minute walk to an Inn serving food and a 10 minute drive to the Lake District National Park.

Oak Cottage Living Room

Tottergill Farm

The award winning Tottergill Farm is a range of exclusive holiday cottages set in the tranquil Cumbrian countryside. Offering cosy wood-burning stoves, relaxing hot-tubs and breath-taking views.Tottergill Farm is a dog-friendly property.

Bank House garden

Bank House Bed and Breakfast

A beautiful period house with a large terraced garden giving fabulous views to the Lakeland fells. A special place to stay with a warm and friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a superb breakfast.

Lakes and Dales Cottages

Lakes and Dales Cottages

Recent conversion of sandstone barn offering 2 cottages with 2/3 bedrooms - each with own en-suite or bathroom - that have been inverted to enjoy the far reaching views of the Lakeland hills and Pennines from the open-plan living space.

What's On

Slung

Slung

Penrith

Mon 19 Feb - Tue 31 Jul 2018

With a mild flavour of Dr Seuss, a hint of Haribos and a smidgen of the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland,...

Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem

Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem

Penrith

Wed 28 Feb - Sun 3 Jun 2018

Bunnies will be bouncing all over our Gallery, as Cumbria’s most famous literary character Peter Rabbit jumps right off the page in this interactive exhibition about Beatrix Potter’s first creation.

Great Dun Fell Cycle Sportive

Great Dun Fell Cycle Sportive

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Wed 14 Mar - Sat 14 Jul 2018

Cycle sportive with two distances available, the short course is 38.5 mile and the long course is 63.8 mile with includes the 4.4 mile climb to the radar at the top of the fell.

The Greatest Showmen Tour

Gandeys Thrill Circus

Penrith

Wed 18 - Sun 22 Apr 2018

The UK’s biggest and most spectacular Big Top show, GANDEYS THRILL CIRCUS is coming to Penrith with an all new action-packed star-studded production for all the family.

Ubunye

Highlights: Ubunye

Penrith

Sun 22 Apr 2018

Imagine the raw power of African voices in harmony; the pounding rhythm of Africa blended with the explosive energy of a live band.

Terror in a Toga

Terror in a Toga

Alston

Fri 27 Apr 2018

Felix Festus and his ambitious wife Fabiola are hosting a convivial party to celebrate his gladiatorial games ahead of the forthcoming senatorial elections.

The Metropolitan Opera Live: Cendrillon

The Metropolitan Opera Live: Cendrillon

Penrith

Sat 28 Apr 2018

A fairy godmother, a glass slipper, an opulent ball, an enchanted forest, and a Prince Charming who loves her—did all that really happen, or was it just a dream?

Hymn to Love - Homage to Piaf

Highlights: Hymn to Love - Homage to Piaf

Penrith

Sat 28 Apr 2018

In a Manhattan hotel room in New York, Edith Piaf rehearses for her last US concert. But for Piaf the hotel holds memories.

Guided walk

Guided walk

Penrith

Tue 1 May 2018

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. Sturdy wellington boots recommended as the route is over wet and uneven ground.

AW Jenkinson Ullswater Triathlon

Ullswater Triathlons (Sprint & Standard Distances)

Penrith

Tue 1 May - Sat 30 Jun 2018

Sprint & Standard Distance triathlons.

Conservation day (work party)

Conservation day

Penrith

Thu 3 May 2018

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and hay-meadows. Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust with practical maintenance and restoration tasks over the summer including plug planting and bridge building.

Painting livestock in the landscape

Painting livestock in the landscape

Penrith

Fri 4 May 2018

Working from observation and sketching “en plain air” learn how to place livestock in landscape paintings at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Alex Jakob-Whitworth.

Penrith Lions Club - May Day Carnival

Penrith Lions Club - May Day Carnival

Penrith

Mon 7 May 2018

Penrith Lions May Day Carnival is now in its 38th year and has grown to be a major annual event.

Needlfelt a Herdwick Doorstop

Needlfelt a Herdwick Doorstop

Penrith

Sat 12 May 2018

Make your own charming Herdwick sheep doorstop. It is created using the needle felting technique, using various wools - including that from the local Herdwick sheep.

Gone Cuckoo

Highlights: Gone Cuckoo

Penrith

Sat 12 May 2018

Storyteller, Malcolm Green and musician, Joshua Green follow the trail of the Cuckoo to explore the world of this extraordinary creature through stories, music, song and a touch of shape shifting.

Conservation day (work party)

Conservation day

Penrith

Wed 16 May 2018

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and hay-meadows. Help Cumbria Wildlife Trust with practical maintenance and restoration tasks over the summer including plug planting and bridge building.

Comedy Club Night

Comedy Club Night

Penrith

Fri 18 May 2018

Join us for the funniest night of the year.

Guided walk

Guided walk

Penrith

Fri 18 May 2018

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. Sturdy wellington boots recommended as the route is over wet and uneven ground.

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra 2018

Highlights: Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra 2018

Penrith

Sun 20 May 2018

Rob Heron play their own unique brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they’ve coined it.

Beginners Artistic Blacksmithing and Metal Forging

Blacksmith for a Day

Penrith

Sun 27 May 2018

Join Adrian Wood for an exciting day of blacksmithing. Choose from dragon hooks, rams-head fire pokers or sculptural garden flowers - all popular choices for this one day workshop.

Stone Carving 3D Sculpture with Simon Keeley MA

Stone Sculpture 3+ day workshop with Simon Keeley

Penrith

Sun 27 - Wed 30 May 2018

We are delighted that award winning stone carver Simon Keeley MA from Surrey will be travelling north to Greystoke to take a 3+ day course in late May 2018.

Action Week: The Big Outdoors

Action Week: The Big Outdoors

Penrith

Mon 28 May - Fri 1 Jun 2018

Action Man comes to Lowther and the tough get going.

Needlefelted Hares

Make a Hare Doorstop in Needle Felt

Penrith

Mon 28 May 2018

Carefully needle felt soft blended Herdwick wool mix into a soft but heavy unique Hare door stop. With Annis McGowan.

Furniture Painting with Chalk Paints

Furniture Painting: Upcycle with chalk paints

Penrith

Wed 30 May 2018

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

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