Surrounded by spectacular scenery, the ancient market town of Kirkby Stephen in the upper Eden Valley enjoys an enviable position between the Yorkshire Dales and Lake district National Park. The town is close to the North Pennines area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Kirkby Stephen is also Cumbria's first "walkers are welcome" town. Kirkby Stephen makes an ideal base for exploring the local area and further afield. Kirkby Stephen also has a station on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway line.
Kirkby Stephen has a great choice of places to eat from pubs, cafe's and tea shops to take-aways including an excellent Chinese and Indian restaurant as well as the more traditional. There are plenty of places for a picnic such as the pleasant riverside area by Frank's Bridge.
A walk around town reveals pretty individual shops,galleries, antique shops, crafts a delicatessen and Monday market.
This is excellent walking and cycling country and the area has an amazing range of flora and fauna, with four nature reserves within a five mile radius of Kirkby Stephen. Around the town are a number of attractive villages- Winton, Hartley, Nateby, Soulby, Ravenstonedale and Newbiggin-on-Lune - some within walking distance.
Whatever the time of year, you will find peace and quiet, wide open vistas and nature at it's best.
For more information, please go to the VISIT EDEN website.