Discover some of Eden's beautiful countryside, scenic routes and history with some of these rambles.
Explore Greystoke Estate and modern working farm using the extensive network of permissive paths to reach open access land. Full of natural and historical interest throughout the route including picturesque parkland to wild windswept moorland. You will be rewarded with stunning panoramas of the Northern Lakeland fells and across the Eden valley to the North Pennines. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the permissive paths within the estate.
- Greystoke Estate, Penrith (8.2 miles/13.2 km)
The village of Dufton nestles quietly on the western flank of the North Pennines overlooked by Dufton Pike - the focus of this walk. This is a mountain walk in miniature and is perfect for when you have a few hours to spare. The short sharp climb being ample payment for the reward once you reach the summit: an extensive panorama across the Eden Valley to the distant Lakeland Fells, and unique view of the main Pennine Scarp lying close by.
- Dufton Pike (4.75 miles/7.6 km)
Armathwaite and Coombs Wood, Armathwaite
This route starts from one of the loveliest of the Eden Valley's villages and then enters pretty woodland beside the river. Having visited the hamlet of Longdales, the route heads along a seemingly forgotten track between hedgerows that are a riot of colour in the early autumn. This walk has been extracted from the Cicerone guidebook 'Walking in Cumbria's Eden Valley' by Vivienne Crow - available to buy from Penrith TIC.
- Armathwaite and Coombs Wood, Armathwaite - (3.5 miles / allow 1.5 hours)
Discover more of the Eden Valley with one of the Walking booklets from the Discover Eden Series, available from most Eden TICs. Visit our Walking leaflets and OS Maps webpage for details of the walks available.
**Please note that unfortunately the bridge at Pooley Bridge (on the B5320 through the village) was washed away during Storm Desmond in December. It is hoped that a temporary bridge will be in place for Easter 2016. Please contact Penrith TIC for more information or see our Get Around Eden page**
Enjoy the beauty of the Lake District National Park with walks around Ullswater.
The National Trust website lists some great walks around Ullswater:
- Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell (4.5 miles / 7km / 1 hour 30 minutes to 3 hours) has some dramatic walking routes, renowned in Victorian times as a beauty spot situated by Lake Ullswater near Watermillock. There is a tearoom and dogs on leads are welcome. There are Information boards situated in the car park which describe the walks or visit the Aira Force website.
- Glencoyne Farm, 3 miles (3.2km / 2 hours). Glencoyne is one of the largest hill farms in the Lake District. This circular trail will take you through the Grade II listed farm buildings (the earliest part built in 1629), along to the remains of old charcoal pitsteads and past Glencoyne wood, before bringing you back to the car park.
- Aira Force Hayeswater Gill, 2 miles (3.2km / 2 hours). Hayeswater Gill runs down from Hayeswater reservoir, which once contributed to the water supply for north west England. In the past the water powered a corn mill, turning a water wheel that pumped out water from a nearby lead mine - which you can still see today.
The Ullswater 'Steamers' website lists some great walks around Ullswater including walks from Howtown to Pooley Bridge, Howtown to Glenridding and a circular walk to Aira Force.
Walks in Eden's Nature Reserves
Why not explore one of the Nature Reserves in Eden? This give you the chance to see meadows, ancient woodlands and grasslands as well as flowering plants, butterflies and dragonflies, birds and lots more wildlife.
Cumbria Wildlilfe Trust and Natural England manage several Nature Reserves in Eden including:
- Thacka Beck, Penrith
- Newton Reigny, Penrith
- Argill Woods, near Brough
- Argill Pasture, near Brough
- Waitby Greenriggs, near Kirkby Stephen
- Smardale Gill, near Kirkby Stephen
- Tarn Sike, near Orton, Penrith
- Cliburn Moss, near Penrith
- Great Asby Scar, Orton
- Tarn Moss, near Penrith
North Pennines Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (AONB)
Visit the Explore North Pennines website which has a selection of walks, exploring the spectacular landscapes, geology, flora and fauna of this wonderful area.
- Ashgill Force Waterfall
- Garrigill Round (14km)
- Geology and Landscape around Dufton (6km)
- Knock Geological Trail (10km)
- North Pennines Bird Walk: Garrgill
- North Pennines Bird Walk: Dufton Pike
- Tynehead Geological Trail (4km)
- Whitesyke and Bentyfield Mine (4km)
- Whitely Castle: Alston Through the Ages (12km)