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Walking, Cycling and Activites in Appleby

WalkingBongate Mill, Appleby

Appleby lies at the heart of the Eden Valley and is an excellent centre for exploring the varied surrounding landscape on foot, bicycle, car or horseback.

The Dales Highway, The Westmorland Way, Lady Anne's Way, and The Pennine Way are all long distance walking routes in and around Appleby. The Pennine Way celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2015.

CyCyclists at the River Eden, Applebycling

The town is on the North Pennine and the Sea-to-Sea cycle route. Many of the quiet country roads are part of the National Cycle Network. Most of the charming villages in the area offer resting places and refreshment to the traveller. Appleby Tourist Information Centre provides comprehensive information on walking and cycling routes in Eden and the North Pennines.

Some great rides can be enjoyed around Appleby and a free leaflet available from the Tourist Information Centre describes five 'Do in a Day cycle routes' from Kirkby Stephen and Appleby.

River Eden at Appleby photo by John Burrows Photography

Other Activities

For the more energetic there is an indoor swimming pool at the Leisure Centre which also has a gym and climbing wall. There's also a fully equipped Sports Centre. Visitors are welcome to play tennis, squash and bowls at the local clubs.

The 18 hole golf course is unsurpassed for the beauty of its scenery and the cricket ground, between the river and the church, is the essence of rural England. The River Eden is renowned for its trout fishing and the tranquil beauty of the riverside walks.