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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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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...

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.

Melmerby Hall

Melmerby Hall

Melmerby Hall sleeps 18 guests in 9 ensuite bedrooms. An English country manor house, it boasts unbeatable relaxing and entertaining space. Breakfast in the orangery, BBQ overlooking fabulous gardens and woodland and cook in the 4 oven Aga.

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.

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.

Stag Cottage

Stag Cottage

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

Gill Beck Barn

Gill Beck Barn

Luxury restoration of sandstone barn into three ensuite bedroom accommodation (2 downstairs), open plan dining kitchen with 2 oven Aga and hob, log burner, garden furniture, Weber BBQ, private garden and parking. Walkers paradise.

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.

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.

Cazenovia Hall

Cazenovia Hall

Historic, luxury restoration of sandstone barn into cottage with 4 ensuite bedrooms with private garden and parking. Log burner, garden furniture, Weber BBQ and dining room table which converts into billiards table. Four oven Aga and hob.

The Mews @ Roundthorn

The Mews @ Roundthorn

Luxury one and two bedroom Mews apartments set in the grounds of the Roundthorn Country House, overlooking the Eden Valley and Lakeland Fells. Guests are welcome to enjoy the use of the hotel facilities on site.

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

Blencowe Hall

Blencowe Hall

Blencowe Hall accommodates 24 guests in 12 double bedrooms, 10 ensuite and 2 on the ground floor. It boasts superb views, has 2 log burning stoves, a 4 oven Aga, beautiful gardens, Weber BBQ's and private parking. Families and dogs welcome.

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.

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.

Wythburn Cottage

Wythburn Cottage

Historic, sandstone converted barn within the grounds of Blencowe Hall. Sleeps 6 in 3 luxury ensuite bedrooms, open-plan kitchen, vaulted ceiling, views over private garden. Private parking, Weber BBQ and garden furniture.

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.

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.

The Ginney Country Guest House

The Ginney Country Guest House

A converted Lakeland Bank Barn built in the 1700s from local stone with open oak beams. Set in the peaceful village of Catterlen, just off J41 M6, The Ginney is the ideal location to explore The Lake District, Eden Valley or Hadrians Wall.

Todd Hills Hall Farm

Todd Hills Hall Farm

Traditional and superbly appointed sandstone farmhouse with 6 ensuite bedrooms. Stunning views and a walkers’ paradise, 2 log burning stoves, Aga, side by side fridge freezer in oak and granite kitchen. Private parking and garden with BBQ.

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.

What's On

Buttermere Then and Now

Lake District Landscape & Language: Lost and Found

Penrith

Wed 18 Sep - Tue 29 Oct 2019

A photographic exhibition by local artists Rosamund and John Macfarlane celebrating 85 years of Friends of the Lake District.

Garden Tour - Early Autumn Colour

Garden Tour - Early Autumn Colour

Penrith

Thu 17 Oct 2019

The autumn colours at Lowther in October are often spectacular.

Garden Tour - Daffodils

Garden Tours

Penrith

Thu 17 Oct 2019

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

Admiring the view from Eycott Hill © Emily Dodd

Autumn guided walk at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Penrith

Sat 19 Oct 2019

Enjoy wonderful views as you learn about our fantastic upland nature reserve and the wildlife and geology that make it so special.

Start of Heart of Eden half marathon

Heart of Eden half marathon

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Sun 20 Oct 2019

A road race set in the heart of the beautiful Eden Valley which runs along the foothills of the Northern Pennines and through picturesque villages

RSPB Haweswater: Twilight Rut Strut

Twilight Rut Strut

Penrith

Sun 20 Oct 2019

Enjoy one of autumn’s most incredible acoustic, seasonal wildlife spectacles in the dramatic landscape of Haweswater.

RSPB Haweswater: Breakfast Rut Strut

Breakfast Rut Strut

Penrith

Mon 21 Oct 2019

Discover the wonderful, seasonal phenonemon of the Red Deer stag rut on this RSPB guided experience, in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

Squirrel Feeder

Make your own Squirrel-Feeder

Penrith

Mon 21 Oct 2019

ARTventurers run wonderful workshops that bring the creative spirit to the fore. In tune with the newly launched Squirrel GardenTrail at Lowther Castle

Make your own Witch’s or Wizard’s Hat and Wand

Make your own Witch’s or Wizard’s Hat and Wand

Penrith

Mon 21 Oct 2019

ARTventurers run wonderful workshops that bring the creative spirit to the fore.

Woodland Trust

Hallowe’en Crafts with the Woodland Trust

Penrith

Tue 22 Oct 2019

Free spooky nature activities from The Woodland Trust. Using twigs, leaves and buckets of imagination. They will be located between into the woods café and the lost castle Adventure Playground

Conservation Day at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Conservation Day at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Penrith

Wed 23 Oct 2019

Help us with practical tasks over the summer and autumn including bridge building, tree maintenance and drystone walling.

Nightscapes: A Photographic Exhibition

Nightscapes: A Photographic Exhibition

Alston

Wed 23 Oct - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Nenthead Arts & Visitor Centre, Alston Moor (CA9 3PL) View work by local photographers, featuring the dark skies and nightscapes of the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark

Archery

Archery in the Countess Garden

Penrith

Wed 23 Oct 2019

Archery is a perennial favourite at Lowther and the Countess Garden is a perfect place to hone your skills.

Pop-up Planetarium @ Alston

Pop-up Planetarium @ Alston

Alston

Thu 24 Oct 2019

Fifty years ago the first people walked on the Moon. Discover the epic story behind this historic moment as we screen ‘CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story’ in our immersive planetarium dome.

Solar System Walk & Astro Joe Workshop

Solar System Walk & Astro Joe Workshop

Alston

Thu 24 Oct 2019

Three separate events for children (four to 11 years). On all three you will discover the planets on a guided walk (2km) along the South Tyne Trail with Astro Joe. Then design, build and launch an air-powered paper rocket (10am to 12noon);

Slime

The Incredible Science of Slime

Penrith

Thu 24 Oct 2019

This October half-term, there are three opportunities for young Hallowe’en apprentices to join ‘The Science Booth’ and learn how to make things explode, pumpkins throw up and witches disappear.

Bat bookmark making

Family discovery day at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

Penrith

Thu 24 Oct 2019

Join us for a Halloween themed family discovery day at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve for wild adventures, nature-themed arts and crafts and mini beast hunts!

Skywatch @ Nenthead Mines

Skywatch @ Nenthead Mines

Alston

Thu 24 Oct 2019

Including a talk from Richard Darn on the 50th anniversary of the first man on the Moon and the Apollo 11 mission. Astronomers from Bishop Auckland Astronomical Society will be on hand with their telescopes for live stargazing.

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin-Carving

Penrith

Fri 25 Oct 2019

On the eve of All Hallows, when the witches are zooming about on their brooms and the ghosts are ghouling abroad, there will be a chance for all young Hallowe’eners to learn how to make their own pumpkin lantern.

Appleby Castle

Paranormal Weekend

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Fri 25 - Sun 27 Oct 2019

The owner of Appleby Castle is allowing paranormal investigations into the 900 year old castle which includes the 13th century round tower, dungeon, 12th century basement at Appleby Castle and the 11th century Keep.

BAAB at the Winter Droving

The Winter Droving

Penrith

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Created by Eden Arts, The Winter Droving has become one of Cumbria’s iconic cultural events seeing 20k+ attend annually. The event is a festival of food, culture, contemporary art set around the theme of the tradition of Droving animals.

RSPB Haweswater: Twilight Rut Strut

Twilight Rut Strut

Penrith

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Enjoy one of autumn’s most incredible acoustic, seasonal wildlife spectacles in the dramatic landscape of Haweswater.

The Ghosts of Lowther

The Ghosts of Lowther

Penrith

Sat 26 Oct 2019

The Ghosts of Lowther ‘The Gardens Strike Back’ Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October, 2019 An evening adventure for ghost-lovers of all ages including ghost walks, street food, live entertainment and a Halloween disco. Family event

Lowther Castle

The Ghosts of Lowther evening adventure

Penrith

Sat 26 - Sun 27 Oct 2019

Just when you thought it was safe to go about your October half-term business in peace and quiet – and then out of the gloaming come attack-ghosts in the form of characters such as The Headless Gardener, The Axeman and The Knocker.

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