Eden Valley

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.

Eden Valley in the Lake District

Our top picks



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


  • 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.

Further afield there are courses at Sedbergh, Appleby, Kendal, Penrith, Kirkby Lonsdale, Casterton and Barnard Castle. In Penrith there is Penrith Golf Hub including an all-weather Driving Range.


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.

Water Activities

Horse Riding in the Eden valley


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.


Eden's Heritage Trails

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.

Brough Castle | English Heritage


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.