This area stretches from the historic border city of Carlisle, gateway to Hadrian’s Wall Country in the north, to the sheltered Eden Valley further south, with its smooth rounded fells of the Howgills which were amongst Alfred Wainwright’s favourite areas (Famous for his pictorial guides to the Lakeland fells).
Carlisle is surrounded by breathtaking countryside and was once scene to warring family feuds and bloody battles known as the Border Reivers between the 14th and 17th Centuries.
Many Roman remains, castles and battlefields also bear testimony to a turbulent past, which contrasts sharply with the rich pastures, natural woodlands, wild fells and meandering rivers of Carlisle’s Northern Borderland.
The Eden Valley, ancient location of the Celtic Kingdom of Rheged, is perfect for walkers and cyclists with many forest tracks, footpaths and bridleways. The beautiful River Eden flows down the valley, edged with red sandstone walls, caves, gentle fords and wide peaceful reaches. To the East are Alston, England’s highest market town and the rugged North Pennines.
The Eden Valley is set in a tranquil corner of East Cumbria nestling in between The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines; all areas of outstanding natural beauty and a lovely holiday destination at any time of the year.
Hidden behind Skiddaw away from the busier part of the Lake District, is the beautiful village of Caldbeck.
Built in 1092, Carlisle Castle is situated on the edge of the city centre with the River Eden running alongside. It is home to the famous ruins of Queen Mary’s Tower.
Hadrian’s Wall is the main attraction in this beautiful area in the north of Cumbria, which is home to more than half of the wall.
This tarn is situated close to Brampton, surrounded by beautiful woodland and farmland, a perfect place to take a leisurely walk with wonderful views of the Pennine fells.
A day out at Tullie House in Carlisle is a great day out suitable for all ages. This grade I listed building with a contemporary extension is full of history.
This ancient house surrounded by medieval forest is a secret gem to visit during the summer, with this private residence containing collections of furniture, art and tapestry.
Lowther Castle is situated near Penrith, on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park. The castle ruins are scattered around the 130 acres of rural gardens.
Dalemain Historic House and Gardens is situated not far from Lake Ullswater on the north side towards Penrith. ‘Manor of the Valley’ is the meaning of the name ‘Dalemain’ and it describes the settlement brilliantly.
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