Kirkby Stephen in itself is a fascinating historic market town. Explore the many narrow passages and alleys by following the Town Trail. Walk down to the River Eden at Frank’s Bridge and enjoy the pretty scenery along the riverside paths. Visit the wonderful Upper Eden information Centre in the centre of the Market Square and take a look at the town’s website for masses more information. www.kirkby-stephen.com
There are plenty of eateries, coffee shops and a lovely selection of interesting shops making up a vibrant and bustling place to spend some time. The Parish Church and its grounds are also well worth a visit!
There are so many trails, railway and viaduct walks, long distance paths and more challenging hikes in this immediate area. Use the above sites for more detail, but take a closer look at the following suggestions –
Long Distance Coast to Coast, Lady Anne’s Way, A Pennine Journey, The Howgill and Limestone Trail, The Swale Way, The Dales Highway, The Westmoreland Heritage Walk, The Yorkshire Dale Centurion Walk, Yoredale Way and The Eden Way. Although these walks are over many miles and days, segments can be chosen and small parts walked in a day, with planning.
Railway Walks – Stenkrith Park, Smardale Gill www.nvt.org.uk
Walks – The Nine Standards, The Poetry Path, Wild Boar Fell, High Cup Nick from Dufton, Routes in The Howgills and Mallerstang Valley www.hiddenhowgills.co.uk Settle to Carlisle Way.
There is a huge variety of low level walks through fields, along rivers and disused railway tracks, passing waterfalls and across farmland.
This area is full of exciting opportunities …Have a go!
Paragliding, Mountaineering, Golf, Fishing, Classic Cars, Horse Riding. Ask us for more details.