Walking in Cumbria's Eden Valley
30 walks between the Yorkshire Dales and the Solway salt marshes
Guidebook to 30 graded walks in Cumbria's Eden Valley. The routes, which range from 3 to 15 miles and are best from bases such as Kirkby Steven and Appleby, explore the region's diverse landscapes and offer dramatic views, either of the Pennines, the Lake District or the Scottish hills. Linear routes link with the Settle-Carlisle railway.
SeasonsAll year round - each season holds its own delights - but walkers should be prepared for the possibility of snow on the hills in winter.
CentresKirkby Stephen, Appleby, Crosby Ravensworth, Dufton, Penrith, Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Brampton, Carlisle.
DifficultyTerrain includes pathless moorland, which can be boggy in places, farmland and good riverside tracks and trails. Routes from 6-24km, graded 1-5. Navigational competence and stamina is required for some of the higher routes. No scrambling involved.
Must SeeCross Fell, the highest point on the Pennines; breath-taking High Cup; the ruins of Pendragon Castle; limestone pavement within the extended Yorkshire Dales National Park; a disused railway and imposing viaduct in Smardale Gill; prehistoric settlements; delightful red sandstone villages; pretty wooded gorges; and one of the largest and most atmospheric stone circles in England.
Guidebook to 30 of the best walks in Cumbria's enchanting Eden Valley. The graded routes, which range from 3 to 15 miles, explore the region's diverse landscapes and offer dramatic views, either of the Pennines, the Lake District or the Scottish hills.
The walks, which work well from bases such as Kirkby Steven, Dufton and Appleby, are predominantly circular. All included linear routes link with the Settle-Carlisle railway. Map extracts from the 1:50K OS Landranger series accompany route description, and the handy route summary table makes it easy for walkers to compare routes. Invaluable information on transport, accommodation, clothing, equipment and safety is included, as are notes on the region's geology, wildlife and history.
Situated next to the iconic Lake District, the Eden Valley is often overlooked as a walking destination. This works in its favour - it is as quiet as it is scenic - making it the perfect destination for those looking to escape the crowds. The featured routes are designed to give the walker a taste of everything the area has to offer. From peaceful woodland strolls to serious moorland hikes, and from explorations of the limestone uplands to walks on the Solway marshes, they visit just about every nook and cranny in the valley.
The Eden Valley
Wildlife and habitats
Where to stay
Waymarking and access
Clothing, equipment and safety
Using this guide
Walk 1 Wild Boar Fell
Walk 2 Mallerstang Edge and High Seat
Walk 3 Nine Standards
Walk 4 Smardale Fell and Ash Fell Edge
Walk 5 Crosby Garrett Fell and Smardale Gill
Walk 6 The Infant Eden and Pendragon Castle
Walk 7 Kirkby Stephen to Appleby
Walk 8 Great Asby Scar
Walk 9 Potts Valley and the Orton Fells
Walk 10 Crosby Ravensworth Fell
Walk 11 Knipescar Common and River Lowther
Walk 12 River Lyvennet at King’s Meaburn
Walk 13 Rutter Force and Hoff Beck
Walk 14 High Cup and Scordale
Walk 15 Murton Pike
Walk 16 Flakebridge Wood and Dufton Ghyll
Walk 17 Dufton Pike
Walk 18 High Cup via Great Rundale
Walk 19 Cross Fell
Walk 20 Long Meg and Her Daughters
Walk 21 Melmerby Fell
Walk 22 Kirkoswald and Raven Beck
Walk 23 Armathwaite and Coombs Wood
Walk 24 Croglin and Newbiggin
Walk 25 Wetheral
Walk 26 Talkin Fell and Simmerson Hill
Walk 27 Talkin Tarn and the Gelt
Walk 28 Quarry Beck and Ridgewood
Walk 29 Burgh Marsh
Walk 30 Campfield Marsh and Bowness Common
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
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Vivienne is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specialising in travel and the outdoors. A journalist since 1990, she abandoned the constraints of a desk job on regional newspapers in 2001 to go travelling. On her return to the UK, she decided to focus on the activities she loves the most – hill-walking, writing, travelling and photography. Based in north Cumbria, she has put her intimate knowledge of northern England to good use, writing more than a dozen popular walking guidebooks. She also contributes to a number of regional and national magazines, including several regular walking columns. Vivienne is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.View Articles and Books by Vivienne Crow
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