The Eden Valley features three distinct areas including the moorland North Pennines around highest English village Alston, the lakes and mountains surrounding Ullswater and right in the middle the gentle River Eden flowing through the Eden Valley. The River Eden is renowned as one of the best for trout and salmon fishing. Stay in ancient market towns or opt for pretty village bases like Brough and Orton. The region is famed for its best local produce, fine Westmorland real ales and fantastic outdoor activities.
Home to the limestone landscapes of the Orton Fells and the challenging moorland landscapes of the North Pennines, the Eden Valley is a very popular area for walking holidays. Two market towns in Eden - Kirkby Stephen and Alston - both have 'Walkers are Welcome' status. Pick up guided walks from station stops along the Settle-Carlisle Railway and discover a wealth of gentle family walks and trails in the region. Walking routes including the Pennine Way National Trail and Wainwright's favourite - the Coast to Coast Walk both pass through the Eden Valley.
The circular cycling routes around the North Pennines are easily accessed from the Eden Valley market towns and villages. Several popular cycling trails also run through the region including the Sea to Sea (C2C) trail and the Pennine Cycleway and a wide choice of trekking and horse riding centres feature across the gentle Eden Valley. The area is a top spot in Cumbria for holidays with horses. Fishing opportunities are outstanding along the lower reaches of the River Eden which are rich in wild trout and grayling. Other top spots for fishing in the area include Ullswater and Hayeswater.
A variety of attractions are in the Eden Valley. Tour ruined border castles, ancient stone circles, great medieval towers and 18th century watermills, visit wonderful Eden craft and garden centres, ride on heritage railways or enjoy some of the finest ice creams in a selection of great ice cream parlours with on-site tearooms.
Look out for Andy Goldsworthy's famous restored Sheepfolds around Eden at Outhgill, Brough and Warcop and enjoy a fabulous selection of craft centres, independent galleries and potteries, and pretty specialist shops in the villages and market towns.
Foodie fans will find much to please in the Eden Valley, a region featuring acclaimed independent breweries, a choice of farmers markets, food trails and festivals. Enjoy the finest Cumbrian ales produced locally at the Tirril and Hesket Newmarket breweries which are served up in the many fine old real ale inns in the region. Premier Eden farmers markets take place monthly in Brough, Orton and in the Eden Valley's capital Penrith and the area has its own food trail featuring wines from High Cup Wines near Appleby, Bessy Beck Trout Farm near Ravenstonedale and a host of fine inns, delis, ice cream parlours and more en-route.