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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Heads Nook Hall B&B

Heads Nook Hall B & B

Heads Nook Hall B&B offers a unique luxury Country Guest House experience, with a welcome as warm as the roaring open fires and just 7 miles from Carlisle, close to market town Brampton, is an ideal base for touring this beautiful region.

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.

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.

Cazenovia Hall

Cazenovia Hall

Historic, luxury restoration of sandstone barn into four ensuite bedroom accommodation with private garden and parking. Log burner, garden furniture, Weber BBQ and dining room table with convertible billiards table. 4 oven Aga and hob.

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.

What's On

Pigment to Paint

What is Colour? Discover Pigments

Appleby-in-Westmorland

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

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

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

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.

Gandeys Circus 2019 Cast

Gandeys Circus: The Greatest Show Tour

Penrith

Fri 26 Apr 2019

YOUR CIRCUS is back for 2019. GANDEYS returns with 'The Greatest Show Tour!'

Frenchfield Horse Trials

Frenchfield Park Horse Trials

Penrith

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Apr 2019

A British Eventing Affiliated Horse Trials, spectators very welcome along with dogs, on leads.

Gandeys Circus 2019 Cast

Gandeys Circus: The Greatest Show Tour

Penrith

Sat 27 Apr 2019

YOUR CIRCUS is back for 2019. GANDEYS returns with 'The Greatest Show Tour!'

Music at Penrith Methodist Church

Rachel Little & friends in concert

Penrith

Sat 27 Apr 2019

Well known artiste returns to popular venue for an evening of classical favourites

Wedding Open Day

Wedding Open Day

Penrith

Sun 28 Apr 2019

Come along and see what we offer at one of our Wedding open days.

Gandeys Circus 2019 Cast

Gandeys Circus: The Greatest Show Tour

Penrith

Sun 28 Apr 2019

YOUR CIRCUS is back for 2019. GANDEYS returns with 'The Greatest Show Tour!'

Guided cycle ride

Guided cycle ride

Penrith

Sun 28 Apr 2019

This guided cycle ride takes you from the historic village of Greystoke to Eycott Hill Nature Reserve for a short talk about Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s amazing upland nature reserve.

Gandeys Circus 2019 Cast

Gandeys Circus: The Greatest Show Tour

Penrith

Mon 29 Apr 2019

YOUR CIRCUS is back for 2019. GANDEYS returns with 'The Greatest Show Tour!'

Haweswater Badger

Haweswater Badger Hide

Penrith

Mon 29 Apr 2019

From the comfort of our brand new Badger Hide at RSPB Haweswater, you can watch the 'Haweswater Badgers' as they forage and socialise, allowing you the unique opportunity to observe these secretive mammals at close range.

Haweswater Badger

Haweswater Badger Hide: Exclusive Use

Penrith

Tue 30 Apr 2019

Enjoy exclusive use of our brand new Badger Hide based at Naddle Farm, for yourself, or your group. The perfect opportunity to watch and photograph wild Badgers in comfort in the beautiful Lake District.

Pied Flycatcher in song

Haweswater Dawn Chorus

Penrith

Sun 5 May 2019

Join RSPB Haweswater for a morning of melodic birdsong this International Dawn Chorus Day

Terry The Lion in the May Day Parade

Penrith Lions May-Day Carnival

Penrith

Mon 6 May 2019

The carnival is held in Penrith town centre on Monday 6th May 2019. it is a one-day charity event aimed at raising funds for Penrith Lions Club charities to help people less fortunate than ourselves, locally and internationally

Swindale Valley in bloom

RSPB Guided Wildlife Walk: Swindale Valley

Penrith

Mon 6 May 2019

Join the RSPB for a wildlife ramble through one of the Lake District’s most secluded, beautiful and tranquil valleys.

Haweswater Badger

Haweswater Badger Hide

Penrith

Mon 6 May 2019

From the comfort of our brand new Badger Hide at RSPB Haweswater, you can watch the 'Haweswater Badgers' as they forage and socialise, allowing you the unique opportunity to observe these secretive mammals at close range.

Haweswater Badger

Haweswater Badger Hide: Exclusive Use

Penrith

Tue 7 May 2019

Enjoy exclusive use of our brand new Badger Hide based at Naddle Farm, for yourself, or your group. The perfect opportunity to watch and photograph wild Badgers in comfort in the beautiful Lake District.

Haweswater Badger

Haweswater Badger Hide

Penrith

Wed 8 May 2019

From the comfort of our brand new Badger Hide at RSPB Haweswater, you can watch the 'Haweswater Badgers' as they forage and socialise, allowing you the unique opportunity to observe these secretive mammals at close range.

Conservation Day

Conservation Day

Penrith

Thu 9 May 2019

Eycott is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and hay meadows. Help us with practical tasks over the summer including meadow surveying, bridge building, bracken bashing and plug planting.

Hutton in the Forest

Plant & Food Fair

Penrith

Sun 12 May 2019

Hutton in the Forest's annual Plant and Food Fair brings together the best from northern nurseries and Cumbrian food producers.

Swindale Valley in bloom

RSPB Guided Wildlife Walk: Swindale Valley

Penrith

Mon 13 May 2019

Join the RSPB for a wildlife ramble through one of the Lake District’s most secluded, beautiful and tranquil valleys.

Haweswater Badger

Haweswater Badger Hide

Penrith

Mon 13 May 2019

From the comfort of our brand new Badger Hide at RSPB Haweswater, you can watch the 'Haweswater Badgers' as they forage and socialise, allowing you the unique opportunity to observe these secretive mammals at close range.

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