Eden Valley Cottages are nestled between three of the finest breathing spaces in Britain. The Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District and the backbone of Britain, the Pennies. The wide pastoral expanse of the Eden Valley lies to the east of the Lake District. It also runs south to north, up to the Solway Estuary. It is blissful and mostly untouched by commercial tourism. The Eden Valley is an ideal alternative to the more popular mountain region of the Lakes.
Self-Catering accommodation in the Eden Valley
Just as migratory birds come and go, you’ll find yourself returning time and again to this secret gem. A stone’s throw from the Lake District, the Eden Valley has beauty and a quiet charm in the bucket load.
Part of the magic of the Eden Valley is in discovery. We look forward to sharing the best bits about this idyllic and tranquil holiday spot with you.
Of course, you’ll enjoy walks straight from your holiday home. Which is fitted out with the very best in furnishings and home-from-home appliances. Self-catering gives a wonderful freedom. Enjoy breakfast in bed in your luxurious bedroom suite and head out to a spa for a swim and sauna. Take in the friendly hospitality of this valley at a village pub and return back to your 5 star holiday cottage. Enjoy cooking up a regional specialty such as Cumberland Sausage with Appleby’s famous Cumberland Mustard. Then retire to an evening soaking up the tranquility from your garden.
Eden Valley in all Seasons
We’d like to recommend the Eden Valley during busy holiday times. You can easily access the highlights of the Lake District or avoid them completely if you so choose!
A self-catering cottage in the Eden Valley will appeal to holidaymakers looking for somewhere close to a good local pub. As well as peaceful walks from your doorstep and a good town for stocking up the pantry.
You can see why the Eden Valley is a paradise when enjoyed on foot. Greystock Forest and the woods at Armathwaite put on wonderful displays of Autumn colour. In Winter the bleakness of Dufton Pike, Wild Boar Fell and Hartley Fell have a mystical feel. In fact, myths and legends run throughout the Eden Valley fells. Such as the 68 or so stone circle Long Meg and her Daughters and nearby Lacy’s Caves, near Little Salkeld. Don’t miss a trip to the superb Highland Drove Inn when passing Great Salkeld, which is a great place to eat.
Things to Do in Eden Valley
At the foot of Cross Fell, you’ll find the National Trust owned Acorn Bank. We’d recommend the woodland and watermill walk followed by tea and cake. Kids can look out for the fairy doors whilst the grown-ups relax in the quiet and tranquil surroundings.
For lovers of challenging fell walking and outdoor adventure then the draw of the Lake District may be too much. Lake Ullswater, Blencathra and Skiddaw are less than a 30 minute drive from Penrith, which lies at the heart of the Eden Valley. Aira Force, the most popular waterfall walk in the Lake District is an easy daytrip from the Eden Valley and is especially great for families. There is a café and a pier onto lake Ullswater here too, making for a memorable day out.
Away from these major towns head down country roads to find villages like Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Orton. These are at the head of the Eden Valley and are great destinations for foodies in particular. Orton farmers market (second Saturday of every month) is well known throughout Cumbria as the best of its kind and is a super place to stock up for a week in your stylish Eden Valley self-catering cottage. Despite, its remote location you’ll find Orton welcoming. It is surprisingly home to a petite chocolatier, which is well worth a visit.
In June, Appleby Horse Fair is a spectacle like no-other. The trading of horses and ponies takes place following some highly charged and often bare-back racing across the river, as local traveller families enjoy the limelight. It is the largest gathering of travellers in the UK and crowds flock to take in the brightly painted wagons and exuberant styles.
Appleby was settled in the 9th century and there are plenty of buildings of varying importance. Rutter Force waterfall is a recommended walk from Appleby. Appleby Castle is one of the finest English castles and today is a great place for Afternoon Tea – perfect for a celebratory occasion. The Malace Scourge restaurant within can be hired for a wonderful private dining experience too.
For those that like to keep active, there’s Appleby Golf course and superb Trout, Grayling, Eel and occasional Salmon fishing from Appleby too, as well as lots of walks through fields, country lanes and gentle fells.
The Bay Horse, Winton just outside Kirkby Stephen, offers a quality country pub experience in idyllic countryside. Kids and dogs are welcome and with walks from the pub, makes for a great daytrip. The Eden Valley is full of little gems and finding them really is part of the fun.
The grand halls of Askham and Armathwaite are two such luxurious gems, where we’d recommend a spa day and perhaps a luncheon overlooking manicured lawns followed by a gentle stroll around the gardens.
The George and Dragon at Clifton, just outside Penrith, is Askham Hall’s foodie pub where you can enjoy produce that has come straight from the Askham Estate. This leads you to the Lowther Castle Estate, which has been an important player in the Eden Valley’s history. Today, a recent and very worth renovation of the gardens, exhibition space, shop and café invite visitors to return time and again. The gardens, designed and managed by TV gardener Dan Pearson, include pockets of excitement to explore – a maze, a Roman bath, rope swings, a spectacular wild summer meadow and a recently built wooden ‘lost castle’, a replica of Lowther Castle and is so big that adults and kids can play together.
Heading back from the enchanted ruins of Lowther Castle, stop at the upmarket Booths grocery in Penrith to pick up some delicious fresh produce to take back to your luxurious holiday cottage. Anther secret that is certainly worth self-catering holidaymakers knowing about, is the award-winning farmshop at Tebay Services on Junction 38 of the M6.
The Eden Valley Out and About
A rich and fertile vale – a visit to the Eden Valley is a bounty of pleasures and delights, ripe for the picking.
During spring the county lanes of Eden Valley are home to passionate cyclists. Who take advantage of the distinct lack of cars that this part of Cumbria enjoys. Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive is an epic 60 mile route through the undulating valley roads that is worth supporting, even if it is from a beer garden! Both Kirby Stephen and Penrith are the places to go in the Eden Valley if you fancy exploring on two wheels. If adrenaline and adventure is your thing, then you can still enjoy that here in the Eden Valley. Hartside is a mountain pass that rises 1904ft above sea level. It is a challenge that many attracts many hardened cyclists. It also draws a sizable motorbike crowd and a visit to the café at the top can be a spectacle itself. Drop down into Alston, the highest village in England, where there are some great walks.
Cumbria is known for its Arts and Crafts heritage, beautiful country estates with impressive gardens. In March, the Rheged Centre, on the way to Ullswater from Penrith, plays host to the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show. It is a great chance to see masterclasses and regional design inspiration. The artisan shops and first-class restaurants at Rheged are a go-to for many as well, especially on a rainy day.
Whilst on the outskirts of Ullswater, plan a trip to one of the most beautiful stately homes in North West England – Dalemain Mansion and Gardens. In March, take in The World’s Original Marmalade Awards which is quite an event! During the summer months, motor fanatics flock to this picturesque setting to the biggest classic car show in the region. The team rooms and gardens are a delight themselves and can be enjoyed all year around.
The River Eden
A visit to the Eden Valley would not be complete without experiencing her river – the Eden. Like the valley, the River Eden is unique. It is one of the few in England travelling north and is known as one of England’s cleanest rivers also. From great wide stretches filled with salmon, kingfishers and heron to great powerful waterfalls and meandering ribbons with swathes of pebbly beaches. The variety of waterflow leads to a diverse and exciting wildlife. Not to mention some great walks, picnic spots and paddling spots.
Following alongside the River Eden is the most scenic railway in England. This is the Settle to Carlisle line. This can be walked too, hoping on and off the train as you go.
Whether you arrive by car, helicopter, train or bus we look forward to welcoming you to the scenic Eden Valley.
Lakelovers are proud to be offering cottage holidays in Cumbria’s beautiful and lesser known Eden Valley. Perhaps you are new to the area or would like to know more. Get in touch with our excellent customer service team on [email protected] or call us on 015394 88855 and we’d love to help you explore the secrets of the Lake District’s rather shy neighbour.