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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.

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...

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.

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.

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

3 nights for the price of 2 - Bank House, 4 nights for the price of 3 - Bank House

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.

Harrison House

Harrison House

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's On

The Great Print Exhibition 2018

The Great Print Exhibition 2018

Penrith

Tue 13 Nov 2018 - Sun 3 Feb 2019

The Great Print Exhibition 2018 is the largest exhibition of its kind in the UK. With over 350 framed artworks on the wall by over 60 printmakers from up and down Britain, it’s an excellent chance to see and buy original art.

Post your letter to Santa

Post your letter to Santa

Penrith

Fri 23 Nov - Fri 21 Dec 2018

Christmas is round the corner, it’s time to write to Santa!

Puppet Theatre Christmas Production

Puppet Theatre Christmas Production

Penrith

Sun 9 Dec 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

A stunning and original production, using a mixture of puppet types and special scenic effects which includes projected moving images and a revolving stage.

A Winter Pom-Pom Trail

A Winter Pom-Pom Trail

Penrith

Tue 11 Dec 2018 - Wed 13 Feb 2019

This winter’s trail around the gardens features a gingerbread girl by the name of Tammy O’Shanter and her quest to find the perfect bobble or pom-pom for her woolly hat.

Turner at Lowther

Turner at Lowther

Penrith

Tue 11 Dec 2018 - Sun 31 Mar 2019

A wonderful opportunity to view Turner’s painting of Lowther Castle which he did in 1809 while visiting the Lake District.

Conservation day

Conservation day

Penrith

Thu 13 Dec 2018

Eycott Hill is a fantastic upland landscape consisting of wetlands, woodlands and hay meadows. Help us with practical tasks over the autumn including drystone walling, bridge building and fencing.

A Visit to Father Christmas

A Visit to Father Christmas

Penrith

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

St Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas or just Santa – the personification of Christmas and its celebrations dates back to at least the 12th century.

Santa's Magical Gingerbread Cottage

Santa's Magical Gingerbread Cottage

Penrith

Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec 2018

Join Santa in our magical candy cane forest. Hang your wish on our wishing tree and visit Santa in his gingerbread house. Receive a gift and a 4×6 photograph of you and Santa.

Pom-Pom Making Workshop

Pom-Pom Making Workshop

Penrith

Sat 15 Dec 2018

Marion Woolcott, knitter extraordinaire of our Winter Pom-Pom Trail, will be here to help young visitors make delightful pom-pom Christmas decorations.

Christmas Wreath Bird-feeder

Christmas Wreath Bird-feeder

Penrith

Sun 16 Dec 2018

Age 5+ Parental supervision required. Adults just need a Castle and Garden ticket.

Crafty Christmas Decorations

Crafty Christmas Decorations

Penrith

Sun 16 Dec 2018

The snow-globe and the felted reindeer are like the Bonnie & Clyde of Christmas decorations.

Santa's Magical Gingerbread Cottage

Santa's Magical Gingerbread Cottage

Penrith

Fri 21 - Mon 24 Dec 2018

Join Santa in our magical candy cane forest. Hang your wish on our wishing tree and visit Santa in his gingerbread house. Receive a gift and a 4×6 photograph of you and Santa.

A Visit to Father Christmas

A Visit to Father Christmas

Penrith

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Dec 2018

St Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas or just Santa – the personification of Christmas and its celebrations dates back to at least the 12th century.

Crazy Christmas Chemistry Workshop

Crazy Christmas Chemistry Workshop

Penrith

Sat 22 Dec 2018

Following their sellout workshop run over Hallowe’en here at Lowther, the Science Booth are back again during the Christmas holidays.

Wooden Reindeer-Making Workshop

Wooden Reindeer-Making Workshop

Penrith

Sun 23 Dec 2018

If Christmas is about family, it is also about Rudolf. Why not join Lily in the Sculpture Gallery and learn to make your own wooden reindeer to take home and add to your general Christmas décor bonanza?

Den-Building and Bow & Arrow-Making

Den-Building and Bow & Arrow-Making

Penrith

Fri 28 Dec 2018

Sometimes life at home can become a bit much and all you want to do – as an adventurous, imaginative child – is get away and build-your-own.

Minibeast Mayhem

Minibeast Mayhem

Penrith

Mon 31 Dec 2018

One of our most popular workshops during the October half-term was the Minibeast Mayhem workshop.

Nature Weaving Workshop

Nature Weaving Workshop

Penrith

Mon 31 Dec 2018

There are so many treasures to be found in the natural world that can be made into decorative pieces for indoors

New Years Eve Party

New Years Eve Party

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Mon 31 Dec 2018

Bagpipes will be played throughout the castle starting at 6pm whilst guests can enjoy a buffet that will tantalise your taste buds.

Crazy Kitchen Chemistry Workshops

Crazy Kitchen Chemistry Workshops

Penrith

Thu 3 Jan 2019

Calling all young scientists: come and explore the chaos of chemistry from the kitchen with The Science Booth.

Story-telling with Ian Douglas

Story-telling with Ian Douglas

Penrith

Fri 4 Jan 2019

Combine a visit to Lowther Castle and Gardens with an interactive storytelling session with Ian Douglas – who we are delighted to welcome to Lowther for the first time.

National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra

National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra

Penrith

Sun 13 Jan 2019

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Wedding Fayre at North Lakes Hotel & Spa

Wedding Fayre

Penrith

Sun 27 Jan 2019

Includes 30 suppliers & catwalk show. Supplier demonstrations will be taking place throughout the hotel.

Parti Cut Lloi

Parti Cut Lloi Welsh Male Voice Choir

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Sun 27 Jan 2019

A concert given by Parti Cut Lloi Welsh Male Voice Choir

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