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Rambles

Discover some of Eden's beautiful countryside, scenic routes and history with some of these rambles.

Westmorland Dales Geotrails

Discover three new geology walks in the Westmorland Dales which were produced in 2022.Westmorland Dales Geotrails Produced by the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership Scheme with grant funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Written by Elizabeth Pickett and designed by Marcus Byron with contributions from Cumbria Geoconservation.

The three walks include a Smardale Geology Walk, Orton Scar and Knott and Kirkby Stephen and Stenkrith. 

 

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 heWalker crossing river photo courtesy of the Nurture Eden photo libraryads 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. 

The book is available to buy from Penrith Tourist Information Centre.


Appleby Riverside Walk

Enjoy waterside walking along the River Eden and Hoff Beck on this circular walk around Appleby-in-Westmorland. The route runs for about 7 miles on fairly flat paths, with wonderful views of the Eden Valley and nice woodland trails.

Ullswater

Enjoy the beauty of the Lake District National Park with walks around Ullswater.

The National Trust website lists some great walks around Ullswater:Walker at Ullswater

  • Aira Force and Gowbarrow trail (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.

  • Aira Force Glenamara Park trail (2 miles / 3.2 km / 1hour) this walk offers stunning views of mountains and water and is suitable for all - but bring waterproof boots depending on the season as it can get pretty wet underfoot!

  • Aira Force Glencoyne Farm trail, 3 miles (4.8km / 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) and along to the remains of old charcoal pitsteads.  It passes Glencoyne wood, before bringing you back to the car park.

  • Aira Force Hayeswater Gill trail, 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.  You can still see this today.

The Ullswater 'Steamers' website lists some great walks around Ullswater.  This includes walks from Howtown to Pooley Bridge, Howtown to Glenridding and a circular walk to Aira Force.


Walks in Eden's Nature ReservesWalkers photo by Tony West, courtesy of the Nurture Eden photo Library

Why not explore one of the Nature Reserves in Eden? This gives you the chance to see meadows, ancient woodlands and grasslands as well as flowering plants, butterflies and dragonflies, birds and lots more wildlife.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Natural England manage several Nature Reserves in Eden including:

North Pennines Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (AONB)

Visit the Explore North Pennines website for a selection of walks, exploring the spectacular landscapes, geology, flora and fauna of this wonderful area. 

Walks include:

  • Ashgill Force Waterfall
  • Garrigill Round (14km)
  • Geology and Landscape around Dufton (6km)
  • Knock Geological Trail (10km)
  • North Pennines Bird Walk: Garrigill
  • North Pennines Bird Walk: Dufton Pike
  • Tynehead Geological Trail (4km)
  • Whitesyke and Bentyfield Mine (4km)
  • Whitely Castle: Alston Through the Ages (12km)

Discover more of the Eden Valley with one of the Walking booklets from the Discover Eden Series.  The booklets are available from most Eden Tourist Information Centres. 

Visit our Walking leaflets and OS Maps webpage for details of the walks available.