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Walking in Eden

Eden in Cumbria The Lake District is a paradise for walkers. As well as Lake District walking, Eden also offers the limestone landscape of the Orton Fells, the beautiful River Eden, countryside and attractive villages of the Eden Valley, and part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Alfred Wainwright's guides feature numerous fells around Ullswater (arguably England's most beautiful lake) and Haweswater. The northern fringe of the Howgill Fells as far as the Yorkshire Dales National Park is an area for quiet uninterrupted walking.

Travel on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway and walk from stations along the Eden Valley section of the line.

Kirkby Stephen, Alston and Shap have 'Walkers are Welcome' accreditation with Kirkby Stephen being the first town in Cumbria to have obtained this.

Listen to the Eden Walking podcast our Penrith TIC staff recorded with Walks Around Britain. Hear all about how great Eden is for walkers! (The Eden walking segment starts at 6 minutes 30 seconds on the podcast).

Here are some ideas for walking routes to get you started. Local Tourist Information Centres stock a full range of walking guide books, leaflets and OS maps to help you discover and enjoy Eden on foot. Whether you are looking for a full day's fell walk in the Lake District hills around Ullswater or a short stroll along the River Eden, the choice is yours!

Just make your choice from the list below to find out more:

  • Family Walks: Our easiest walks and town trails on level paths over short distances

  • Town Trails: Town trails for Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Penrith and Alston

  • Accessible Walks: Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
  • Guided Walks: Including walks from stations on the famous Settle-Carlisle railway

  • Fell Walks: High level walks across steeper, exposed and sometimes-rocky terrain 

  • Long Distance Walks: Longer distance routes including the Coast-to-Coast Walk and the Pennine Way both of which run through Eden

  • Rambles: Leisurely strolls in our valleys and on lower-lying fells

  • Walking Help: The Ordnance Survey maps covering Eden, weather forecasts and the Countryside Code

  • Walking leaflets and OS Maps: A selection of local leaflets with more information on walks in the area

  • Outdoor Shops: Details of shops in Eden which sell walking and outdoor equipment

  • Walking Events: Visit our events listing and search for 'walking events' in Eden, including guided walks and talks. Annual walking events include The Ullswater Outdoor Festival in late September, plus local guided walks

The Eden Trails

Nurture Eden have created a series of Eden Trails to inspire more people to explore the fabulous hidden gems on offer in Eden. They are all downloadable via the Nurture Eden website and trails include Art and Culture, Eden's Heritage, The Great Outdoors, The Eden River, plus food trails for the Eden Valley and Penrith.

Explore More Eden mobile app

Nurture Eden have also created the Explore More Eden mobile app which can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.

Looking for walker friendly accommodation in Eden?

The Eden area offers a range of walker-friendly places to stay. Establishments in our Eden and Lake District accommodation section displaying 'Walkers Welcome' provide extra facilities and services for walking guests confirmed by inspection.