'One of its aims is to promote Alston Moor as a destination for walkers for both visitors and local people by providing information on local walks, the area in general and the facilities available. It will also lead monthly walks and is actively involved in the North Pennines Walking Festival and with the Greg’s Hut Association, who maintain Greg’s Hut, an old lead-mining building high up on Cross Fell now a mountain bothy.'
Kirkby Stephen, Eden
'Kirkby Stephen nestles in a corner of Cumbria often missed by visitors to the county. The attractive and friendly market town sits on the upper reaches of the River Eden, before it winds its way through the Eden Valley towards the Solway Firth.'
Walking [Kirkby Stephen Town Council]
'The North Pennines is the northernmost section of the Pennine range of hills which runs north–south through northern England. It lies between Carlisle to the west and Darlington to the east. It is bounded to the north by the Tyne Valley and to the south by the Stainmore Gap ... The North Pennines was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1988 for its moorland scenery, the product of centuries of farming and lead-mining. At almost 2,000 square kilometres (770 sq mi) it is the second largest of the 49 AONBs in the United Kingdom.'
Latest Dates 26 September - 4 October 2015. 'This year (2016), however, there will not be a Friends of the North Pennines Walking Festival and instead the Trustees will take some time to consider how to raise funding and plan an approach to running an event in 2017.'
'The fells surrounding the Dale are not the highest or most famous, yet they deserve more of an accolade as the views are stunning ... This Walk takes you to the top of the following hills: Little Hart Crag, High Hartsop Dodd, Hartsop Above How, Hart Crag, Gale Crag, and Dove Crag; and includes 5 Wainwrights, 3 Hewitts, 3 Nuttalls, 6 Birketts, and 1 sub Dewey.'
The Thrang, Mallerstang Valley, Eden
'A series of ten contemporary stone sculptures located at intervals along the length of the river Eden between its source above the Mallerstang valley and Rockliffe, north of Carlisle, where it runs into the Solway Firth.' For the start: 'Park in a lay-by near The Thrang, in the Mallerstang valley and walk up the steep track signposted "Lady Anne’s Way". Water Cut is visible on the horizon 2 km away. (Map reference SD 786 985) A longer circular walk is available, continuing along Lady Anne’s Way to Hell Gill Bridge, following a public path down to Hellgill force and then north, via Hanging Lund and Elmgill where a short section of road brings you back to the Thrang'.
Around and About, Eden
'We launched the Eden Valley Loops in summer 2010, following years of development by local volunteers and riding groups. The Loops are 135 km of routes designed for horse riders, off road cyclists and walkers based in Cumbria.'
British Horse Society Equine Mapping and Geographical Information Network
Walking in Eden: Circular and Linear Routes in the Eden Valley Ron Scholes (Sigma Press, 2014)
Near Kirkby Stephen, Eden
'The three historic listed viaducts owned by the Trust were constructed for the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway for its opening in 1861. After a working life of almost exactly 100 years they were abandoned by British Railways until acquired by the Trust, Smardale Gill in 1989, Podgill in 2000 and Merrygill a few years later. Smardale Gill, in particular, needed extensive restoraton in the early 1990s, the others less so. The Trust also owns a number of lesser structures along the course of the former railway.'
'Isaac's Tea Trail has been described as England's last great undiscovered wilderness trek. The trail runs over 36 miles and is mainly in Northumberland and entirely within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ... A fully illustrated new trail guide Hidden Heritage in England's North Country (2013) at £4.95 with 100 people and places of special interest from local Tourist Information Centres. Also a free trail leaflet downloadable from the trail website.'
'On the first Saturday of July every year The Patterdale Parish Parish Boundary Walk takes place ... This annual event is a lot of fun for those taking part and raises much needed funds for St Patrick's Church in Patterdale and the Patterdale Church of England Primary School ... There are 3 separate walks covering from 7 to 30 miles to encourage more people to take part.'
Grizedale Forest Park, South Lakeland
'Grizedale Forest is famous for its outdoor sculptures. Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture in response to Grizedale Forest's unique environment, establishing the first collection of site-specific art in the UK. Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest, linked by the network of walking and cycling trails. The sculptures provide moments of contemplation and a special way of navigating this extraordinary landscape.'
Kirkby Stephen, Eden
'The landscape speaks to us, if we just take the time to understand its language. Increasingly, it is telling us that our cultural affiliation with nature is in crisis. The wildlife dimension is being dissipated at an unprecedented rate and there is an urgent need for action to halt the destruction and restore wilderness eco systems before it is too late.'
'Borrowdale is blessed with an amazing range of mountain scenery. From the lofty heights and lonely moorland of the Skiddaw massif, to the gentle woodland on the banks of Derwentwater, through the craggy enclosing ridges of High Spy and the secretive side valley of Watendlath. Any walk through Borrowdale is a delight, but to immerse yourself on a three day expedition is an unforgettable experience.'
'6 walks with maps that start and finish in Threlkeld, so why not go for a walk around the village? ... The village of Threlkeld in Cumbria is situated in the Northern Lake District, 4 miles east of Keswick and 14 miles west of Penrith beneath Blencathra mountain.'
Pooley Bridge, Eden
'Walking route around Ullswater. The route can be walked in either direction and from any starting point. Why not walk the route in shorter sections, using an open top bus or steamer to start your journey!'
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