The valleys of the beautiful River Eden and its many tributaries
flowing through the historic counties of Westmorland and Cumberland
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Towns and Villages of the Eden Valley

This page introduces articles about many of the towns and villages along the course of the River Eden, not forgetting its tributaries. As I’ll be focusing initially on the mid and upper reaches of the river south and east of Penrith, the articles appearing in 2014 are likely to be almost entirely on Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and the villages close to them – although others may feature from time to time.

Visitors to Kirkby Stephen are often surprised by a sudden loud harsh noise above them. No, I don't mean the RAF's jets screaming past. It's a bird-like noise but not the kind you'd expect to hear from most native English birds. It's harsh, grating, and it makes you look up suddenly. Those who are quick [...]

The Stenkrith bridges from downstream

Stenkrith Bridge, just outside Kirkby Stephen on the road to Nateby, is actually a combination of several bridges where the Eden both bends and falls: road bridges and footbridge, over river and (former) railway track; plus the remains of the old railway bridge over the river, of which only the foundations survived the line closure. [...]

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To many people who from time to time drive between the Stainmore Pass and Penrith along the A66 east-west trunk road, Warcop may be synonymous with military training at the Warcop Training Centre. For more than seventy years tanks and other fighting vehicles have been a feature of the landscape, and at nearby Appleby Golf [...]

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Dufton Pike is a conical hill behind the village of Dufton on the fringe of the North Pennines overlooking the Eden Valley. It is one of three that are close together, although the other two (Knock Pike and Murton Pike) are not so fully conical being more like spurs of the fellside behind. This page, [...]

A view looking in a northeasterly direction from the fields above Colby Lane, Appleby, with the castle keep (complete with scaffolding) showing above the still leafless trees. Beyond are the North Pennines, with High Cup Gill behind the keep to the left and Murton Pike to the right. In this view over Appleby the houses [...]