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A guidebook to 30 walks in the Eden Valley of Cumbria. The routes range from 3 to 17 miles in length and explore the river Eden from above Kirkby Stephen past Penrith and Carlisle to the Solway Firth. Many of the walks have views of the Lake District, Pennines and Scottish hills, and link with the Settle-Carlisle railway line.
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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.
Walk 19 (Long Meg and Lacy’s Caves)
The riverside path from Daleraven Bridge (NY 565 395) to Little Salkeld (NY 563 362) has been formally closed due to flood damage. As yet, there is no timetable for re-opening. This means that walk 19 can no longer be completed except as a linear route from the start point in Little Salkeld as far as Daleraven Bridge. This section of the walk (2¾ miles/4.5km) visits Long Meg and Her Daughters and St Michael and All Angels Church at Addingham. There is no public transport from Daleraven Bridge to enable walkers to return to Little Salkeld.
Walk 17: pages 108-109
Due to a landslip in Hag Wood, the path beside the River Eden near the start of the walk is now only passable with extreme caution. The local council is monitoring ground movement in the area and will reinstate the path once the area has settled. In the meantime, walkers are advised to avoid this section of the walk. Until the path has been reinstated, we suggest replacing the first two paragraphs with the following route description:
“With your back to the pub in Culgaith, turn right. When the road bends right, turn left along a lane. After about 1km you will reach a T-junction. Turn right here – towards Penrith and Appleby.”
This reduces the total walk distance to 7.9km (5 miles) with 132m (430ft) of ascent. Walking time: 2½ hours.
Some of the fences on Talkin Fell and Simmerson Hill have been taken down. Consequently, the two paragraphs on page 151 and the first paragraph on page 152 should now read:
“Eventually, you will lose the fence/wall on your right. After going through a gate to the left of a sheepfold, keep following the wall on your left. At a fork, bear left – still with the wall and climbing more steeply now. The wallside trail reaches a ladder stile. Cross this and you will see Talkin Fell’s trig pillar straight ahead.
From the summit, retrace your steps across the ladder stile. Follow the path you took earlier, but only for a few yards; as soon as it forks, bear left, now heading away from the wall. The narrow path gently descends and crosses a flat, boggy area. It joins a reasonably clear, grassy path coming in from the right.
On nearing the base of the short slope on to Simmerson Hill, bear right (S) along a faint path. Almost immediately, turn left (E) along a narrow trail. You’ll need to watch carefully for this turning because it’s easy to miss. The ascending trail briefly gets a little steeper as it makes its way up through the small jumble of rocks forming a rim around the western side of Simmerson Hill. At the top of this short climb, turn right along a faint path along the edge of the heathery fell. The path later becomes slightly more track-like and then swings sharp right (S) to head downhill. Nearing the valley bottom, it drops on to a wider, clearer track, along which you turn right.”
The third paragraph on page 168 refers to potential “lengthy diversions”. Road building in the area has now been completed and the footpath diversions have all been lifted.
|The Eden Valley|
|Wildlife and habitats|
|Where to stay|
|Waymarking and access|
|Clothing, equipment and safety|
|Using this guide|
|Walk 1 Mallerstang and Nine Standards|
|Walk 2 Wild Boar Fell|
|Walk 3 The Infant Eden and Pendragon Castle|
|Walk 4 Kirkby Stephen to Appleby|
|Walk 5 Smardale Gill|
|Walk 6 Great Asby Scar|
|Walk 7 Crosby Ravensworth Fell|
|Walk 8 Maulds Meaburn and the Lyvennet Valley|
|Walk 9 Rutter Force|
|Walk 10 River Lyvennet at King's Meaburn|
|Walk 11 River Lowther at Bampton Grange|
|Walk 12 Lowther Park|
|Walk 13 Flakebridge Wood and Dufton Ghyll|
|Walk 14 Dufton Pike|
|Walk 15 High Cup|
|Walk 16 Mayburgh Henge and Brougham Castle|
|Walk 17 Culgaith and Acorn Bank|
|Walk 18 Cross Fell|
|Walk 19 Long Meg and Lacy's Caves|
|Walk 20 Melmerby Fell|
|Walk 21 Raven Beck and Kirkoswald|
|Walk 22 Armathwaite and Coombs Wood|
|Walk 23 Croglin and Newbiggin|
|Walk 24 Wetheral to Armathwaite|
|Walk 25 Talkin Fell and Simmerson Hill|
|Walk 26 Talkin Tarn and the Gelt|
|Walk 27 Quarry Beck and Ridgewood|
|Walk 28 Carlisle to Rockcliffe along the River Eden|
|Walk 29 Burgh Marsh|
|Walk 30 Rockcliffe Marsh|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Useful contacts|