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.