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  Lacy's Caves, above the River Eden.
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  • Lacy's Caves, above the River Eden. - Cumbria
      Lacy's Caves, above the River Eden.
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  • Long Meg stone circle. - Cumbria
      Long Meg stone circle.
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  • Armathwaite on the River Eden - Cumbria
      Armathwaite on the River Eden
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  • One of the Settle to Carlisle railway viaducts - Cumbria
      One of the Settle to Carlisle railway viaducts
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  • Kirkoswald market square. - Cumbria
      Kirkoswald market square.
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The Eden Valley lies between the Lake District to the west and the Pennines to the east. The river rises near Mallerstang and passes through the towns of Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and finally enters the Solway Firth after flowing through Carlisle. In general,the further north the river travels, the wider the valley and river become and the hills lie lower than nearer the source.

Much of the area is founded on red sandstone and the buildings are predominantly red. Most industry is agricultural with large farm estates very much in evidence.Penrith is the major town in the area and offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Appleby is home to the annual horse fair when travellers from the length and breadth of the country arrive en-mass to sell horses and "play games!!"

The Settle to Carlisle railway passes along the Eden Valley with numerous stations along the way where steam trains are a regular sight.

The Eden Valley is relatively undiscovered compared with the popular Lake District and yet walking possibilities are endless here, with both low level river walks and the more challenging Pennine Way passing through. Historic houses and gardens, museums, galleries,mills, stone circles and caves are just a few of the 70 odd attractions be found in this area.

Why not give the Eden Valley a visit instead of the Lake District? Or even combine the two as they are next door to each other.

For more info, please look at my Kirkoswald page.

Address: Cumbria
Directions: East of Penrith.

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  • Updated Jul 1, 2010
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