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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...

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.

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.

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.

Harrison House

Harrison House

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

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

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.

Riverain Coach House

Riverain Cottage

Grade 2 listed former Carriage House set within Blencowe Hall's grounds. 3 double ensuite bedrooms, 1 downstairs. Open plan kitchen dining and log burning stove in sitting room with beautiful views. Private parking and garden with Weber BBQ

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

@EdenGate

Eden Gate Guest House

@EdenGate is a family run guest house offering bed &breakfast accommodation just 5 minutes level walk from Penrith town centre.

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.

Yanwath Gate Farm - Sally's Cottages

Yanwath Gate Farm - Sally's Cottages

Yanwath Gate Farm is perfect for exploring the unspoilt Eden Valley and the eastern fells of the Lake District are right on your doorstep. Ullswater Lake is a mere 5-minute drive away.

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.

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.

What's On

The Great Print Exhibition 5

The Great Print Exhibition 5

Penrith

Fri 6 Dec 2019 - Sun 8 Mar 2020

The largest exhibition of original print in the UK with over 500 artworks from 80 artists.

Castalian string quartet

Classical Music Festival weekend

Penrith

Fri 28 Feb - Sun 1 Mar 2020

Hit the high notes with a special weekend of classical music concerts, featuring three internationally renowned musicians.

Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive

Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive

Penrith

Sun 1 Mar 2020

60 miles of cycling through the stunning Eden Valley. It’s undulating, it’s beautiful, but it’s not as severe as many Lake District routes. One thing you’ll notice is the distinct lack of cars, which makes it perfect cycling country.

Jim Bownass and Andrew Leitch

Extracts from the Cumbria Film Archive

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Sun 1 Mar 2020

Eden-centric extracts from the Cumbria Film Archive.

Needle Felt a Hre with Annis McGowan - Greystoke

Needle Felt a Hare, Owl or Bunny

Greystoke

Tue 3 Mar 2020

Carefully needle felt a soft blended wool mix into a soft and unique endearing animal. With Annis McGowan.

Artisan Bread and scone making day - Gill Harris

Artisan Bread and Scones making Workshop

Greystoke

Wed 4 Mar 2020

On these combined Artisan Bread and Scone day you will make three bread recipes and two Scone recipes, one being a sourdough version.

Textured Planter in Porcelain 'Quirky Workshop'

Textured Planters in Porcelain

Greystoke

Thu 5 Mar 2020

A day with this talented ceramics artist to create a unique piece for your favourite pot plant, of approx 5 inches across, but which would look equally effective as a statement in its own right.

Artisan Bread and scone making day - Gill Harris

Artisan Bread and Scones making Workshop

Greystoke

Fri 6 Mar 2020

On these combined Artisan Bread and Scone day you will make three bread recipes and two Scone recipes, one being a sourdough version.

 in Porcelain with Gwen Bainb

Porcelain Plant Labels short course with Gwen Bain

Greystoke

Fri 6 Mar 2020

Design and make your your own Plastic free long lasting Porcelain Plant tags and labels on this half day workshop (morning or afternoon) with Gwen Bainbridge.

Artisan Bread and scone making day - Gill Harris

Artisan Bread and Scones making Workshop

Greystoke

Sat 7 Mar 2020

On these combined Artisan Bread and Scone day you will make three bread recipes and two Scone recipes, one being a sourdough version.

Beginners Pen and Wash 'Quirky Workshop'

Discovering Pen and Wash

Greystoke

Sun 8 Mar 2020

Using colour mixing and watercolours, this day combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen.

Bird Whittling Quirky Workshop at Greystoke

Bushcraft: Whittle a Bird - A 2-day course

Greystoke

Wed 11 - Thu 12 Mar 2020

Use traditional hand carving and whittling skills to create a beautiful hand carved bird on this relaxing 2 day course.

Vegetable patch at Larch Cottage

Introduction to Growing Vegetables

Penrith

Wed 11 Mar 2020

Designed for ambitious, beginning and improving vegetable gardeners, this workshop focuses on which vegetables are best to grow here in the Frozen North!

Vegetable Garden at Larch Cottage

Intro to Growing Vegetables

Penrith

Wed 18 Mar 2020

Designed for ambitious, beginning and improving vegetable gardeners, this workshop focuses on which vegetables are best to grow here in the Frozen North!

Naddle Beck

Talk & Walk: Gnarly Naddle Forest

Shap

Fri 20 Mar 2020

Join RSPB Haweswater to explore the nooks, crannies and creatures of gnarly Naddle Forest on the first of our brand new Talk & Walk events for 2020.

Sacconi String Quartet

Sacconi String Quartet

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Sun 22 Mar 2020

The Sacconi Quartet was formed in 2001, and its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm.

Run Nation

Run Cumbria BIG 10 Miler 2020

Penrith

Sun 22 Mar 2020

A 10 mile race organised by Run Nation set in the rural village of Lazonby. A fast 10 mile route around rural Cumbria.

Haweswater Badger

Guided Badger Watches

Shap

Wed 1 Apr 2020

Discover one of Britain's most enigmatic mammals from the comfort of the Haweswater Badger Hide on our popular Guided Badger Watches!

Come and Sing: Mozart's Requiem

Come and Sing: Mozart's Requiem

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Sat 4 Apr 2020

Come and Sing: Mozart's Requiem Saturday 4th April 1.00-5.30pm Rehearsal 7.00pm Performance St Lawrence's Church, Morland, Cumbria Don Gilthorpe, Conductor

Haweswater Badger

Guided Badger Watches

Shap

Mon 6 Apr 2020

Discover one of Britain's most enigmatic mammals from the comfort of the Haweswater Badger Hide on our popular Guided Badger Watches!

Haweswater Badger

Guided Badger Watches

Shap

Wed 8 Apr 2020

Discover one of Britain's most enigmatic mammals from the comfort of the Haweswater Badger Hide on our popular Guided Badger Watches!

Haweswater Red Squirrel (Credit: P Neaves)

Wild Families: Woodland Wildlife Adventure

Shap

Fri 10 Apr 2020

Embark upon a guided family adventure of gnarly Naddle Forest with RSPB Haweswater, in search of red squirrels, bugs, wildflowers and birds!

Swindale Valley

Swindale Valley Wildlife Adventure

Shap

Fri 10 Apr 2020

Escape the crowds and explore the new journey of a river with RSPB Haweswater, in the heart of beautiful, secluded Swindale Valley.

Free Bus Service

Cumbria Easter Rally

Kirkby Stephen

Sat 11 - Sun 12 Apr 2020

A step back in time to ride on vintage buses and see vehicles from a different time.

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