Here is a selection of the many walks in the Eden Valley. Ordnance Survey maps should be consulted for exact routes: The maps will also show the huge number of alternative walks available in this beautiful county.
The Eden Way
This long walk will take several days if done in one go, but you can of course walk selected stages. It runs from the mouth of the River Eden at the head of the Solway Firth near Carlisle and eventually ends at the source high above Pendragon Castle in the Mallerstang Valley. You will pass through some of the best country in Britain and on the way see some extremely handsome towns and picturesque villages.
Start in the hamlet of Little Salkeld and walk down towards the river: the path is signposted. Along the Eden river you will come across the curious caves. These are natural but were enlarged in the 1700's. Long Meg and her Daughters stand nearby, one of the largest Stone Circles in Britain. This remote and mysterious place is rarely visited but is well worth your time. See Pre Roman section in the History Index for more.
This 2.5 acre garden in the care of the National Trust makes a pleasant stopping point during a stroll along the public footpath from the nearby village of Temple Sowerby. You can continue on foot to Newbiggin village and back via the village of Culgaith and the banks of the River Eden.
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