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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.

APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND

Commonly known as Appleby, this market town is most notorious for its rather famous annual horse fair.

 

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...

Head Nook Hall Cottage

Heads Nook Hall Cottage

The Holiday Cottage. Modern fitted kitchen. Two bedrooms; 1 x king size and 1 x 2 singles. Luxury bathroom with shower, bath and bidet.

Kirkbride Hall

Kirkbride Hall

Traditional, luxury sandstone longhouse. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, downstairs cloakroom. Log burner in living room, doors open onto large garden, Weber BBQ and garden furniture. Bosch appliances and American style fridge freezer in kitchen.

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.

Wythburn Cottage

Wythburn Cottage

Historic, sandstone converted barn within the grounds of Blencowe Hall. Luxury 3 bedroom ensuite cottage with well-equipped open-plan kitchen, vaulted ceiling, views over private garden. Private parking, Weber BBQ and garden furniture.

Elk Cottage

Elk Cottage

Traditional, luxury sandstone cottage with 2 double ensuite bedrooms. Cast iron log burning stove & leather armchairs in living room. Oak & granite kitchen and separate utility. Dining room leads to French doors onto lawned garden with BBQ

Stag Cottage

Stag Cottage

Carefully restored 17th century sandstone barn within the grounds of Melmerby Hall, it has 3 ensuite double bedrooms, 1 on the ground floor. Log burning stove in inglenook fireplace with complimentary logs.

Melmerby Hall

Melmerby Hall

Throw the house party of a lifetime as you recreate the golden age of English country life. Melmerby Hall sleeps 18 in 9 ensuite bedrooms. This can be extended to 52 people in 6 halls and cottages.

Todd Hills Hall Farm

Todd Hills Hall Farm

Traditional and superbly appointed sandstone farmhouse with 6 ensuite bedrooms has stunning views in all directions and is a walkers’ paradise. 2 log burning stoves, Aga and side by side fridge freezer in oak and granite kitchen.

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.

Jenny's Croft

Jenny's Croft

Traditional, luxury sandstone cottage with 2 double ensuite bedrooms. Cast iron log burning stove in living room & open plan with dining room. Oak & granite kitchen and separate utility and cloakroom. Kitchen opens onto sunny patio with BBQ

Udford House

Edenhall Estate

Join us at Edenhall Estate, a world of tranquillity and adventure right between The Lake District National Park and the drama of the Pennine Fells.

Harrison House

Harrison House

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

Blencowe Hall

Blencowe Hall

A14th century fortified tower renovated for modern living. Blencowe Hall and the three cottages within its grounds offer 5* luxury holiday let accommodation for guest parties ranging in size from 6 to 44 guests. Families and pets welcome.

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.

High Winder Holiday Cottages

High Winder Holiday Cottages

High Winder Holiday Cottages are situated in a secluded location with direct access to the fells. Close by are the attractions of Ullswater and the Eden Valley. Lots of wildlife including a resident family of red squirrels.

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.

Glassonby Old Hall

Glassonby Old Hall

Traditional, luxury sandstone longhouse with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. 2 Log burners in living room and main hall. 4 oven Aga, electric oven, BBQ and garden furniture in enclosed garden.

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.

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.

Riverain Coach House

Riverain Cottage

Grade 2 listed former Carriage House of Blencowe Hall and set within the Halls grounds. 3 double ensuite bedrooms, open plan kitchen dining and log burning stove in sitting room with views through arched windows. Private parking and garden.

What's On

Photo credit: Ian Comley

Cumbria Easter Rally

Kirkby Stephen (9 miles, 15 km)

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Apr 2019

The 21st Cumbria Easter Rally, the UK's biggest, free classic commercial vehicl rally turns 21. Over 250 vintage buses, lorries and commercial vehicles on show. Free admission, free bus rides. Family event. Saturday evening road run through

Pigment to Paint

What is Colour? Discover Pigments

Appleby-in-Westmorland (1 miles, 1 km)

Wed 24 Apr 2019

What is colour, where does it come from? Discover what pigments are. A chance to make your own pigment from the local sandstone in the Eden Valley.

Garden Tour - Spring Bulbs

Garden Tour - Spring Bulbs

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Bulbs abound at Lowther, particularly in the Garden in the Ruins, one of Dan Pearson’s most notable designs for us.

Garden Tour - Daffodils

Garden Tours

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Join our Head Gardener Martin Ogle for an insider view of the gardens at Lowther Castle

The enigmatic Red Squirrel

Guided Red Squirrel Walk at Smardale Gill

Kirkby Stephen (8 miles, 14 km)

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Come and see the enigmatic red squirrel on a guided walk at one of their strongholds in the north of England.

Bouncy fun

Kirkby Stephen Community Gala

Kirkby Stephen (9 miles, 15 km)

Sat 18 May 2019

Community gala with fun for all the family

Garden Tour - Spring Flowers

Garden Tour - Spring Flowers

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 23 May 2019

Among the many plant highlights in the garden are the Mecanopsis Lingholm.

Garden Tour - Daffodils

Garden Tours

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 23 May 2019

Join our Head Gardener Martin Ogle for an insider view of the gardens at Lowther Castle

Withnail & I at Uncle Monty’s Cottage

Picnic Cinema

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Fri 21 Jun 2019

Withnail & I at Uncle Monty’s Cottage Possibly the No.1 Cult Cinema Experience in the country, Picnic Cinema return for the eighth year in a row, screening Withnail & I (15) at Sleddale Hall (or Crow Crag as it's known in the film).

Garden Tour - Daffodils

Garden Tours

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 27 Jun 2019

Join our Head Gardener Martin Ogle for an insider view of the gardens at Lowther Castle

Yoga on the Lawn

Yoga on the Lawn

Penrith (9 miles, 14 km)

Wed 10 Jul 2019

Back by popular demand! Yoga on the Lawn at Larch Cottage Nurseries!

Garden Tour - Summer Flowers

Garden Tour - Summer Flowers

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 18 Jul 2019

July is when the Parterre Tapestry Garden comes into its own.

Garden Tour - Daffodils

Garden Tours

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 18 Jul 2019

Join our Head Gardener Martin Ogle for an insider view of the gardens at Lowther Castle

Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 25 - Sun 28 Jul 2019

See you in the fields for Kendal Calling 2019… the multi award-winning independent festival of music, arts, food & drink has announced the dates for 2019.

Larch Cottage Nurseries

Supporting The Red Cross

Penrith (9 miles, 14 km)

Thu 25 Jul 2019

Take advantage of the wonderful summer weather and help to raise funds for The British Red Cross and our vital work in the UK at the same time!

Yoga on the Lawn

Yoga on the Lawn

Penrith (9 miles, 14 km)

Sun 28 Jul 2019

Back by popular demand! Yoga on the Lawn at Larch Cottage Nurseries!

Lowther Castle

The Lowther Show

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Aug 2019

We are very excited to welcome back the Lowther Show to the Lowther Estate on the 10th and 11th August 2019, bringing to the local community a fantastic showcase of country life.

Garden Tour - Daffodils

Garden Tours

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 22 Aug 2019

Join our Head Gardener Martin Ogle for an insider view of the gardens at Lowther Castle

Summit of Green Bell, The Howgill Fells

The Howgill Fells and Smardale Bridge. Guided Walk

Kirkby Stephen (9 miles, 15 km)

Sun 25 Aug 2019

A full day guided hill walk as part of a small group to explore the beautiful Howgill Fells and Smardale. This is in the part of Cumbria that falls within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Nine Standards Rigg

Nine Standards Rigg. Guided Walk

Kirkby Stephen (9 miles, 15 km)

Mon 26 Aug 2019

A full day guided walk onto a beautiful, high area of moorland near to Kirkby Stephen to visit the famous Nine Standards Rigg cairns.

Garden Tour - Orchard Planning & Planting

Garden Tour - Orchard Planning & Planting

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 26 Sep 2019

Nobody knows the orchard at Lowther like Martin Ogle – for in 2013, in conjunction with the South Lakes Orchard Group and the North Cumbria Orchard Group, Martin helped to plant the first orchard here for at least 100 years.

Garden Tour - Daffodils

Garden Tours

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 26 Sep 2019

Join our Head Gardener Martin Ogle for an insider view of the gardens at Lowther Castle

Garden Tour - Early Autumn Colour

Garden Tour - Early Autumn Colour

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 17 Oct 2019

The autumn colours at Lowther in October are often spectacular.

Garden Tour - Daffodils

Garden Tours

Penrith (10 miles, 16 km)

Thu 17 Oct 2019

Join our Head Gardener Martin Ogle for an insider view of the gardens at Lowther Castle

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