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The first section of the new Pooley Bridge has now been delivered on site!

The first section of the new Pooley Bridge has now been delivered on site!

The first section of the new Pooley Bridge has now been delivered on site!  The new structure will be the first stainless steel road bridge of its kind in the country.

Come and see the fascinating works and enjoy a coffee or lunch in Pooley Bridge village whilst you are there with a look round the shops too!  Or walk all or parts of the Ullswater Way.

All shops, eating places and places to stay in Pooley Bridge village are open as normal during the construction of the new road bridge. You can still enjoy a cruise on the Ullswater "Steamers" combined with a visit to Pooley Bridge village by walking into the village from Pooley Bridge pier over the footbridge or by parking in the village and walking to Pooley Bridge Pier to catch a “Steamer”.

Please note that at the moment, there is pedestrian access only over the river at Pooley Bridge during the construction of the new road bridge on the B5320. Whilst there is currently no vehicle access over the river at Pooley Bridge, there is car parking currently available in Eusemere car park in the village if approaching on the B5320 from Tirril  and in a temporary car park on the A592, 100 yards before the junction with the B5320 near Waterfoot Park with a footpath link to the village via the footbridge.

Routes in and out of Pooley Bridge village and car parks during the works

A useful leaflet to download called "Routes in and out of Pooley Bridge" which shows how you can get to Pooley Bridge village and car park locations during the works is available on www.cumbria.gov.uk/pooleybridge where you will also find more information and the latest updates about the new Pooley Bridge project.

Visit the Ullswater.com website for more information on timescales and the Pooley 'New' Bridge Loyalty Lottery.

Eden Valley to see re-introduction of Beavers

Eden Valley to see re-introduction of Beavers

Efforts to return the species to other parts of the UK, including Yorkshire and Somerset, are also under way.  The government-approved trial will look at how beavers restore small farmland streams and can aid flood prevention.

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The 2020 Eden visitor guide is now available!

The 2020 Eden visitor guide is now available!

The brand new 2020 Eden visitor guide we produced in partnership with Bucket and Spade is now available - perfect for planning your trip to Eden!

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Langwathby Information Kiosk

Langwathby Information Kiosk

The once drab and neglected, Langwathby Phone Box has received a new lease of life as a Village Information Kiosk.

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Penrith and Eden Museum has added a picture to its art collection

Penrith and Eden Museum has added a picture to its art collection

Penrith and Eden Museum has added a picture to its art collection. Titled ‘A Corner of Old Time Penrith’ it was painted by William Jackson, and was left to the Museum in the will of Mary Laycock Newman of Christchurch. Painted in oils on canvas the subject is dated 1909 and shows shops at the corner of King Street and Market Square, Penrith, including  a butcher’s, a fishmonger’s and the premises of John Turner, watchmaker who also traded as a jeweller and gunsmith.

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Free Christmas parking in Eden

Free Christmas parking in Eden

Free parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas starts this week in Penrith and Appleby.

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New Ale commemorates new Pooley Bridge

New Ale commemorates new Pooley Bridge

A new pale ale is being brewed to commemorate the new bridge in the village of Pooley Bridge, Cumbria, and it’s going down a storm.

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Lonely Planet Ambassador praises Cumbria’s car-free transport offering

Lonely Planet Ambassador praises  Cumbria’s car-free transport offering

You can see Chloe’s video on her Facebook page and find all of Chloe’s social media links via her blog.

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Charity Christmas cards sail away at Eden’s TICs

Charity Christmas cards sail away at Eden’s TICs

Father and Mrs Christmas took to the water of one of England’s most beautiful lakes - Ullswater - to help promote the launch of Cards for Good Causes (CFGC) Christmas Card shops around Eden.

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Be part of Pooley 'New' Bridge for posterity!

Be part of Pooley 'New' Bridge for posterity!

As work progresses apace on Pooley ‘New’ Bridge, a lovely new initiative is poised for launch: members of the public can ‘buy’ part of Pooley ‘New’ Bridge for posterity in the form of an engraved stone paver.

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Tourism Summit addresses future challenges and sustainability opportunities to the visitor economy in Eden

Tourism Summit addresses future challenges and sustainability opportunities to the visitor economy in Eden

Eden’s tourism businesses embraced the challenges and opportunities facing a sustainable visitor destination at the eighth annual Eden Tourism Summit.

Delegates acknowledged the need to address sustainable issues and the importance of offsetting carbon emissions, at the event held at the North Lakes Hotel and Spa on Thursday 17 October.

The one-day event organised by Eden District Council’s Tourism Team on behalf of the Eden Tourism Network, brought together tourism businesses to enjoy a morning of exciting presentations and very lively debate in the afternoon workshops.

Jessica Goodfellow, joint Tourism Manager, commented: “We were delighted to give our businesses the opportunity to come together and actively participate in key issues affecting the visitor economy.”

Eden District Council Leader Virginia Taylor added: “The summit emphasised the importance of a sustainable tourism product and the need to encourage alternative transport options in the region.”
Eden Tourism Summit

During the course of the event, delegates positively confirmed their commitment to continue to grow an industry that in 2018 generated £365.4 million to the local economy and welcomed more than 5 million visitors.

Mike Innerdale, Director of National Trust (North Region), who opened the morning presentation session, spoke about rising to the challenges of creating a world class visitor experience and how the National Trust has adapted its core strategy to meet changing needs and opportunities at national, regional and local levels.

Anna Harris, Market Intelligence Consultant for VisitBritain, highlighted trends from the International Passenger Survey and commented: “It was a pleasure to present VisitBritain’s most recent research and insights at the annual Eden Tourism Summit and provide accurate market data to businesses, helping them plan their activity and drive the economic benefits of tourism in the locality.

“Not only was it a wonderful event but the surroundings made me want to stay longer, it’s no surprise Cumbria is such a popular destination.”

Helen Tate, Research Manager with Cumbria Tourism, gave the local picture for Cumbria and Eden from the latest visitor and occupancy surveys, and delegates received some background information about UKinbound Tourism from Nathan Alemany and enjoyed working through practical marketing plans.

Pamela Davidson, general manager at Hutton-in-the-Forest, said: “It has been really useful to catch up with people and network. It comes at a really good time of the year when we are all catching our breath after the summer.”

Following a business to business working lunch the afternoon workshops provided a platform for businesses to express their view points and raise questions. A lively and constructive debate was had by delegates attending the sustainability workshop.

Daniel Holder, owner of The Quiet Site, stated that going green made good business sense on a number of levels, and as well as reducing running costs it was “great at creating a brand which gives you something unique to promote and is also a great motivator with staff”.

Laura Short from CBEN provided delegates with some practical tips to utilise in their businesses.

Jim Walker, Chair of the Eden Tourism Network, summed up the event and closed the conference by commenting: “Never has there been a more important time for businesses to work closely in Eden to achieve success, both in becoming more environmentally and economically sustainable.

“The visitor economy is very strong in this district of Cumbria and everyone is very committed to seeing this continue, despite the range of challenges ahead.”

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