UK walking holidays & hiking vacations in England: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria. Small friendly groups, hotels & transport with experienced guides. Eden Explorer Holidays

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One of northern England’s best-kept secrets, the Eden Valley is a superb place in which to walk much of it recently awarded national park status. The river rises in the spectacular valley of Mallerstang flanked by dramatic and shapely hills. One walk takes us from Pendragon Castle, legendary home of King Arthur’s father to the evocatively named Wild Boar Fell. Mallerstang Edge offers another exhilarating walk along its escarpment to the deep ravine of Hell Gill reputed to have been leapt by fleeing highwaymen - we recommend the packhorse bridge!

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"Thank you for all your help and guided walking last week. Rosemary and I really enjoyed the holiday." B. Fox, Hants, UK.

The rolling Westmorland plateau has delectable green paths beside chattering streams, the home of freshwater crayfish. There are many prehistoric remains as well as some exceptional limestone scenery. Many guests agree that the tiny chocolate factory at nearby Orton is also exceptional!

Howgill Fells

"Thank you for your contribution to a very enjoyable week. The walks & scenery were fantastic." A. Uglow, Cornwall, UK.

We can visit the northern Howgill Fells whose lonely summits rise from deep, uninhabited valleys unequalled for their sense of remoteness. The views reach down the length of Eden to the distant hills of Scotland. Tranquil riverside tracks lead past sleepy villages beside the Eden to the former county town of Appleby with its imposing Norman keep and fine sandstone buildings.

From the pretty red sandstone village of Dufton we explore the North Pennines, a wilderness of wide horizons and lonely moorland tarns. Our arrival on the brink of the huge scoop of High Cup is a classic highlight of English walking.

High Cup

Accommodation: the small market town of Kirkby Stephen, 'Capital of Upper Eden' is a staging point on the Coast-to-Coast Walk and overlooked by the enigmatic landmark of the Nine Standards. Parrots may also be seen on the local chimney pots! In the Market Square the pillared arch of The Cloisters leads through to the church of St Stephen whose relics include the 8th century Loki Stone and a mediaeval boar tusk. Appleby is a short bus journey away or a ride on the scenic Settle - Carlisle railway. Close by river plunges through a dramatic gorge before flowing beneath Frank's Bridge with its resident ducks. There are quite a few guest houses here - popular venues include

White Gill House

The Old Croft House and

The Jolly Farmers. All have been offering a warm welcome to our guests for many years. Single rooms are available.

Cost (week): from £505 per person based on sharing a twin or double room
2 days/nights: from £180
3 days/nights: from £265

Station: Kirkby Stephen then a short taxi ride. Links to travel sites can be found on our Links Page.

Dates: April 22nd, June 3rd, August 26th (Bank Hol) and September 23rd


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