The Eden Valley in Cumbria

Eden Valley

Holiday cottages in the Eden Valley are surrounded by unspoiled countryside, riverside walks and ancient sandstone villages. With the Lake District to its west and the Pennines to the east, this spectacular area of Cumbria has remained remarkably untouched by mass tourism. The source of the River Eden is located in the peat bogs at the foot of Hugh Seat, in the dale of Mallerstang. It is famous for having some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the North, and beautiful walks can be enjoyed along its banks. The river passes through the market town of Kirkby Stephen, where you will discover a variety of independent businesses. The town is close to several of the valley’s scenic highlights, including the dramatic arches and gorges known as Devil’s Grinding Mill, and the Poetry Path, featuring 12 stones carved to depict a year in the life of a hill farmer.

Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6

Todd Hills Hall Farmhouse is a luxurious rural cottage boasting panoramic views of the Pennines. The pet-friendly cottage near Melmerby in Cumbria boasts seclusion and fresh air and features log fires, exposed beams and Aga, plus a hot tub, snooker table, beautiful gardens and ornate furnishings.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

A secluded holiday home just outside the bounds of Lake District National Park, Udford House sits along the River Eamont near the historic market town of Penrith, Cumbria, a child-friendly countryside cottage featuring ground floor underfloor heating, open fire, and original beams throughout.

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Sleeps
25
Bedrooms
13

Eden Lodge lies in Bardsea overlooking Morcombe Bay, close to the Cumbrian coastal town of Ulverston in the Lake District. It has a well-equipped kitchen, a games room and hot tub. This large, Edwardian rural holiday home sleeps 25, great for large group holidays and celebrations all year round.

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Highly recommended on self-catering holidays in the Eden Valley, the Nine Standards Rigg are a series of mysterious stone cairns at the summit of Hartley Fell. Walkers who complete the strenuous ascent to the summit are rewarded with far-reaching views across the valley. The river also passes through Appleby-in-Westmorland, another Cumbrian market town with a Norman castle and a range of shops to peruse. Further west, the town of Penrith is best-known for its imposing ruined castle, and has a historic centre with some great places to eat and drink. 

 

On the doorstep of your holiday cottage the Eden Valley, the Settle to Carlisle Railway runs through the valley. A ride on one of the railway’s heritage steam engines is a joy, with tunnels, viaducts and incredible views of the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales. The wild and unspoiled countryside of the Eden Valley is dotted with pele towers and castles – reminders of the region’s turbulent past, which included Scottish raids during medieval times.