The Green is perfectly placed in the beautiful Eden valley with a mixture of traditional market towns and villages, the River Eden itself, interesting historical sites and the tranquil Howgill Fells on the doorstep, a favourite of the British fell walker and author Alfred Wainwright.
We have put together a few highlights below for the Eden Area.
Our top picks
Take in the rolling fells surrounding The Green, with so many waling routes to choose from its hard to decide which to do first, even if your just out for a short stroll nearby you may be lucky enough to see the beautiful fell ponies. There are lots of walking leaflets available to download from the Eden rivers trust website that range from easy to more challenging longer walks.
There are also guides books for the local area in your accommodation. The Howgill Fells really are fantastic and we would recommend walking up Green Bell directly from your front door.
There are some fantastic cycle routes within the Eden valley , a popular long distance route that takes in the Lakes, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales is the 190 mile Lakes and Dales loop. Map and Elevation - Lakes and Dales Loop
Another popular cycle route is the 140 mile C2C route from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Long distance bike rides
For more varied cycle routes that suit families or those wanting to ride shorter distances visit Cycling in Eden
England’s highest waterfall is just a few minutes drive away. The falls at "Cautley Spout" tumble down a series of drops totalling 180m, into the valley of Cautley Holme Beck. It’s a spectacular site and can be enjoyed as part of a 2.5 mile circular walk from The Cross Keys Temperance Inn. Get there early though as the small parking area fills up quite quickly.
Walks - Eden Viaducts Take a walk and explore the Podgill, Merrygill and Smardale Gill viaducts that are an important part of our Victorian industrial heritage. The viaducts are located near the market town of Kirkby Stephen. The viaducts were all part of the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway network. Footpaths go across the top of the viaducts and the Smardale Gill footpath passes through the Cumbria Wildlife Trusts nature reserve, an ancient church and priory and beautiful meadows. For the Ravenstonedale to Smardale walk… Ravenstonedale and Smardale Trail - Eden Viaducts
Lowther castle has something for everyone, it boasts one of the largest adventure playgrounds in the country, the castle itself, gardens, Exhibitions, walk and cycle trails, and of course somewhere to eat and drink and rest before your next adventure in the grounds. Lowther Castle & Gardens - a stunning Lake District visitor attraction. If you want to explore Lowther castle estate by bike you can hire them from Hire Locations | Arragons Cycle Hire | Cumbria | Bike Rental
Rheged - Rheged Centre Fun for all the family and a good place for a rainy day the Rheged centre boasts a cinema, an art gallery, shops and a café. A 30 minute drive from The Green on the outskirts of Penrith.
There are a wide range of markets in the Eden valley showcasing local produce from growers, local farmers and products made by local craftsmen. All are enthusiasts in their field and are keen to share information about their products.
Brough Farmers' Market Held indoors in Brough Memorial Hall in the village on the third Saturday of each month 9.30am-2pm
Orton Farmers' Market held on the second Saturday of each month year round 9.30am – 2.30pm
Penrith Farmers Market Held on the third Tuesday of each month from March to December from 9.30am to 2.30pm
WEEKLY MARKETS IN EDEN
Appleby Market – Saturdays, held in Boroughgate, Appleby, CA16 6XE
Kirkby Stephen Market – Mondays, held in Market Square, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QN
Penrith Market – Tuesdays, held in Great Dockray, Penrith, CA11 7DD
Penrith Market and Car Boot Sale - Saturdays, held at the Auction Mart (Junction 40, M6, A66) every Saturday from 9am to 4pm
Alston Makers Market - held on the first Saturday of the month in Alston Town Hall, 10am to 2pm
For more information on all the markets listed above visit Farmers' Markets
The Eden Valley is unique in that is has so many outdoor pools to choose from, Shap being the highest outdoor heated pool in England! For a list of the pools and opening times see Swimming Pools
There’s trout fishing nearby on both still water and river, for the very experienced to the beginner, including instruction.
Bessy Beck Trout Fishery offers still water trout fly fishing; tackle hire and tuition from basic to advanced are available. Just 3 miles away, a number of our guests have taken their children to Bessy Beck for a first taste of fishing, and a first taste of fresh caught trout for dinner afterwards!
The River Eden offers fly fishing for trout and grayling and the Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association (KSDAA)
A further stretch of five miles of the Eden closer to Appleby offers good fishing in beautiful surroundings with numbers restricted to just 4 rods per day.Tickets available from John Pape Angling Services.
If your info your golf and fancy a round there are variety of courses nearby.
Ravenstonedale has its own 18-hole 9 green small golf course and is just a few minutes from your front door. Riverside is a unique 18-hole, 9 green, small course specialising in par-3 short holes which is open to visitors who are not members of other clubs.
Activities on water, from paddle boarding to learning to sail on Ullswater there are plenty of different ways to explore on the water and various companies who can help guide you.
Discover the heritage trails of some of Edens villages and towns, the visit Eden website has all the trail guides to download and even a heritage trail App.
Another piece of history to explore in the local area dating back to 1092 the ruins of brough castle are as intriguing as its history. Just a 20 minute drive from The Green.
For more details on other attractions and activities visit Eden on the fringe of the Lake District) which has some great information on everything in the Eden Valley.