Make the most of your visit to Eden and plan ahead
Welcome back, we have really missed you! Our tourism businesses have also missed you and we know you have missed being able to visit Eden.
It’s important that we continue to follow Government advice by staying alert and maintaining social distancing to control the virus and help save lives.
It seems like a long time since we were able to talk about visiting Eden and describing all the wonderful experiences you can share and enjoy here including a walk in the Eden Valley or along the shores of Ullswater, fishing, or cycling along the east Fellside to mention to mention but a few. It goes without saying that there will be some changes for all of us, but the beauty of the outdoors and the warmth of the welcome remains the same.
During the last few weeks our tourism businesses have been incredibly busy preparing and adapting their businesses to be Covid safe for both visitors and themselves. If you are in the planning stages of your holiday or have already booked your stay, we wish you a great holiday and you can be sure to leave relaxed, refreshed and reinvigorated.
What’s Open in Eden?
Many of our tourism businesses have started to re-open. These include some of our golf courses, garden centres plus the gardens of stately homes such as Hutton-in-the-Forest, Lowther Castle and Gardens, Askham Hall, Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens and Winderwath Gardens.
Ullswater 'Steamers' are officially back on the water - please book your tickets online.
English Heritage are phasing the reopening of their properties with Brougham Castle now open.
All attractions will have new safety measures in place to make sure your visit is safe as well as enjoyable. Please check with individual attractions before you visit (some may require pre-booking).
The National Trust is planning a phased re-opening of their gardens and parklands in England. For updates visit their website.
Shopping in Eden
Non-essential shops were allowed to open from Monday 15 June, so if you visit our main towns of Penrith, Appleby, Alston and Kirkby Stephen please respect the new measures in place in order to keep you and the staff safe.
The Discover Penrith website has a useful webpage on how Penrith is ready to welcome you back. It also includes details of which shops are open in Penrith and the the safety measures in place.
Car Parking Information
Car parks are beginning to re-open, but please bear in mind these will get busy at peak times.
The Lake District National Park Authority have set up a monitoring system to help manage parking capacity and ensure you have a safe visit.
Their Safer Lakes website will help you plan ahead www.saferlakes.co.uk
Always stick to designated parking spaces and please park considerately in villages to ensure local communities remain safe.
Charges at all Eden District Council car parks have been suspended until the end of August 2020. Please note: On-street parking is enforceable so please pay attention to signage. Other car parks may have resumed parking charges, if in doubt please check before heading out.
Most public toilet facilities in Eden are now open.
Follow the Countryside Code
Always follow the Countryside Code and leave no trace of your visit.
Please don’t bring barbeques or light fires.
Take your litter home, follow paths and close gates behind you.
The Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Police, Cumbria County Council and other local authorities are working hard behind the scenes to put in place all the necessary measures to enable our visitors to enjoy responsible visits to the county, but until everything is ready, please respect the local area and its communities.
Our tourism businesses look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.
We will continue to update this webpage as and when new information is received.
Penrith Tourist Information Centre
Know Before You Go
VisitBritain have launched a ‘Know Before You Go’ public information campaign to support tourism in England as businesses start to re-open, reassuring visitors as restrictions are lifted by checking about what it is safe to do and when, and sign-posting to information about destinations and available services before travelling.