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Family Walks

Eden is a great place to enjoy a walk with your family. There are many easy walks on level paths over short distances. Have a look at our accessible walks section as these make good family walks and town trails are often good fun for children too!

Ullswater - Aira Force Walk

Try the Aira Force Circular Walk combined with a cruise on England's most beautiful lake - Ullswater with Ullswater 'Steamers.'  An excellent short walk developed by the Victorians with great views from the top and bottom of a beautiful waterfall. Watch out for the red squirrels!

The following walk has been kindly supplied by Ullswater 'Steamers,' visit their website for more walks and up to date sailing times. 

Glenamara Park, near Ullswater National Trust walk

The National Trust website has a short easy walk through an ancient deer park with magnificent veteran trees and stunning views down to the lake. 


Eden Church Trails

Discover Eden's religious past through these fascinating routes, stopping off at some of the area's most interesting and architecturally beautiful churches, available to download or pick up a leaflet from Penrith TIC.


Acorn Bank to Temple Sowerby walk

The National Trust website has a walk which takes in the industrial heritage of Acorn Bank as well as offering panoramic views across the Eden Valley to the Lakeland mountains.

Northern Viaduct Trust Walks, near Kirkby Stephen

Family friendly walks can be found on the Northern Viaduct Trust website.


Kirkby Stephen Family Adventure Trail

Follow the Kirkby Stephen Family Adventure Trail (3K) which has lots to look out for along the route plus a long list of free and inexpensive family activities to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.  Available via the Walk Eden website.


Kirkby Stephen Family River Trail (choose from a 1 hour or 2 hour walk)

Kirkby Stephen Community Arts and Stomping Ground have produced a family trail along the banks of the Eden at Kirkby Stephen with lots of fun activities for families to do as they walk.  This trail was created as part of the At the Riverside project - a summer of fun activities by the river and the creation of an art installation - a shoal of fish, by the river. The project was supported by Eden Rivers Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Tale Trails

Tale Trails are local walks around Ullswater and the Eden Valley based around a fun story and a hand drawn map. Each Tale Trail has a map on one side and a fun story on the other which links to features on the map. Children can follow the colourful map and use the story to spot things and search for clues along the way!

Visit the Tale Trails website for more details. Trails are also available to buy from Penrith TIC.

The The Grumbletrog of Cliburn Moss gives you an idea of what the trails are like. This is a unique 1km walk around the boardwalks and swamps of Cliburn Moss Nature Reserve.

Elma and the Giant

Tale Trails creator, Anja Phoenix, along with the children of Crosby Ravensworth CE (A) Primary School, have created this very special Tale Trail along the banks of the River Lyvennet near Maulds Meaburn. 

Length: Approx. 1 mile. 

Terrain: Lowland. There is some uneven and wet ground so sturdy walking boots or wellies are recommended.

The Raven of Eycott Hill Tale Trail

A free illustrated map and story that follows the adventures of a little raven called Twilight who meets lots of interesting wildlife and folklore characters around Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Eycott Hill Nature Reserve.

The leaflet was produced with support from Heritage Lottery Fund so free copies are available from Cumbria Wildlife Trust.  To order your free copy please email or call 01539 816300.