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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 Stephen and Appleby, explore the region's diverse landscapes and offer dramatic views, either of the Pennines, Lake District or the Scottish hills. Linear routes link with the Settle-Carlisle railway.


All year round - each season holds its own delights - but walkers should be prepared for the possibility of snow on the hills in winter.


Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Crosby Ravensworth, Dufton, Penrith, Kirkoswald, Armathwaite, Brampton, Carlisle.


Terrain 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 See

Cross 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.
16 Oct 2018
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.05cm

A guidebook to 30 day walks in Cumbria’s Eden Valley. Exploring the varied landscapes between the Eden’s source in the upland Yorkshire Dales and its mouth at the Solway salt marshes, there are walks suitable for all abilities that can be enjoyed year-round.

The walks are circular, except for two linear routes that follow the line of the Settle–Carlisle railway, range from 6–20km (4–12 miles) in length and take between 3 and 8 hours to complete. They are ordered from south to north, going with the flow of the River Eden. 

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on terrain, refreshments and public transport for each walk
  • Local points of interest are featured including Pendragon Castle, Smardale Gill, Cross Fell
  • Easy access from Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Penrith and Carlisle

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Vivienne Crow Cicerone author CROW

By Vivienne Crow

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. 

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