Cicerone Walking In Cumbria's Eden Valley
Cicerone - Walking in Cumbria's Eden Valley
If Cumbria’s beautiful Eden Valley were anywhere but right next to the Lake District, it would be full of tourists. As it is though, few venture this far from the National Park, leaving locals to delight in the fact that they have this wonderful area, with its rich natural and human heritage, all to themselves.
This guidebook covers routes from the source of the River Eden, high in the wild Pennines, through gorgeous, undulating countryside and past pretty red sandstone villages, right up to the vast, open expanses of the Solway marshes on the Scottish border.
Most of the walks are circular, but there are a few linear walks that make use of the area’s regular rail service, including the Settle-Carlisle railway line.
Walkers can enjoy anything from day-long moorland hikes to gentle riverside and woodland strolls, taking in ruined castles, attractive gorges, flower-filled meadows, limestone pavement, prehistoric settlements, rock-cut caves and one of England’s largest stone circles.
- 30 walks from 3 to 17 miles, graded 1 to 5, many linking with the Settle–Carlisle railway line
- packed with information about local history
- illustrated with OS map extracts
All year – each season holds its own delights
Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Crosby Ravensworth, Dufton, Penrith, Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Castle Carrock, Brampton, Carlisle
terrain includes pathless moorland, farmland and good riverside tracks and trails; routes range from 5km to 27km; no technical difficulties.
- Must See
Cross Fell, the highest point on the Pennines; breath-taking High Cup; the ruins of Brougham and Pendragon castles; limestone pavement above Crosby Ravensworth and Orton; abandoned churches; prehistoric settlements; delightful red sandstone villages; pretty wooded gorges; disused railways; and one of the largest and most atmospheric stone circles in England.