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Walking in Kirkby Stephen

The area surrounding Kirkby Stephen is fantastic walking country and the town has official "Walkers are Welcome" status. You can enjoy anything from a pleasant stroll along the river to a fell top hike or a longer distance themed route. Visit the Upper Eden Visitor Centre in Kirkby Stephen for more information about these and other walks. 

Kirkby Stephen has a number of narrow passageways waiting to be explored, some of which lead down to the River Eden.

There are some lovely riverside walks and Franks Bridge picnic area is a delightful spot to spend some time. Stenkrith Park, on the edge of town is a natural park with a deep river gorge.

  • The Northern Viaduct Round is a fully accessible path following the disused Stainmore Railway with viaducts and great views

    Smardale Gill photo by Nick Brischuk
  • Smardale Gill National Nature Reserve (a Site of Special Scientific Interest) has a walk with a spectacular viaduct and old lime kilns

  • Enjoy an exhilarating walk up to Nine Standards Rigg - nine very old and unique mysterious cairns on Hartley Fell

  • Several long distance routes pass through or near Kirkby Stephen.  These include Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast, Lady Anne's Way, Pennine Journey, The Eden Way and Yoredale Way

  • A lively walking programme of guided walks and talks takes place throughout the year. Useful information on walks around Kirkby Stephen can be found on www.walkeden.orgPoetry Path photo courtesy of the Cumbria Photo Library
  • Poetry Path - Twelve poems are hand carved onto stone, celebrating a year in the life of a hill farmer.
    These are along a two mile circular route either side of the River Eden

  • Geocaching: Six Geocaches are available along the Kirkby Stephen Poetry Path and can be searched via the Geocaching website