Walking & Touring
from Temple Sowerby House Hotel
The Northern Lake District and Eden Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty
and is perfect for touring by both car and bike or pulling on your boots to explore the remote scenery of the region.
The network of walks covers hundreds of miles and caters for all abilities from gentle strolls to the highest peaks in the Lake District. There are so many to choose from, the difficulty can be deciding just which one to do!
The Eden Valley is an area of great contrasts from quiet lanes and by-ways to one of
the top 10 drives in the World. Miles of quiet roads passing through peaceful villages,
or great scenic drives in some of the most dramatic scenery in the country - it's all
yours to explore!
G R E A T D A Y S O U T F R O M T S H
Ideas for Walks:
Aira Force on Ullswater, Rutter Falls Waterfall, near Appleby
High Force Waterfall, Teesdale
Crossfell, High Cup Nick, Dufton Pike in the Pennine Range Blencathra, Skiddaw, Helvellyn in the northern lakes
Lacey's Caves and Long Meg, Kirkoswald
Ullswater and Derwentwater lakeside walks
National Trails - Pennine Way, Hadrian's Wall Path, C2C
Eden Bench Mark Sculptures
Guided Walks such as Gamekeepers walks
Church Trails, Myths and Legends
Ideas for Drives and Cycle Rides:
A686 to Corbridge, via Alston - one of the top 10 drives in the World
Kirkstone Pass to Windermere, via The Struggle
From Temple Sowerby through the Fellside villages to Melmerby and Appleby
A5091 from Troutbeck to Ullswater
B6260 from Appleby to Orton
Eden Valley Circular Cycle Route
Green Mountain Biking around Keswick (Guided route April & August)
Discovering the Benchmark Sculptures
Great Days Out
Come and stay for 4 or 5 nights and experience very different landscapes each day as the following suggestions illustrate:
Day 1: The Fellside Villages and the River Eden
Take a leisurely drive through the quiet lanes of the Eden Valley, exploring the historic fell-side villages, following the river much of the way and crossing it by way of the old sandstone bridge at Lazonby, single traffic only!
Look out for the Eden Benchmark Sculptures along the river, one is easily found and
very accessible at Lazonby.
A stop at Long Meg and her Daughters and also Lacey’s Cave is most rewarding.
Carry on further North, through Kirkoswald and the broad sweep of the valley to reach Talkin Tarn Country Park, centred around a 65 acre glacial kettle-hole fed by underground springs. The circular, shoreline path is ideal for an easy walk, there are
also woodland paths where, if you are lucky, you can spot red squirrels. Rowing boats can be hired in the Summer.
Day 2: Hadrian’s Wall
Now a World heritage Site, the Wall is the most important structure built by the
Romans in Britain.
Road access via the B6318 is good with plenty of parking along the way and there
are also cycle routes and circular walks.
There are many, good stretches of the wall to explore as well as Museums and Forts
such as Vindolanda, Housesteads and Birdoswald. There is also a good Information Centre at Once Brewed.
The Fort at the Chesters is also worth a visit as the museum houses the Clayton Collection of Roman artefacts. John Clayton, founder of the museum, was the son
of Nathaniel Clayton who owned the house and estate at Chesters, and his wife Dorothy Atkinson, who grew up here at Temple Sowerby House in the late 1700’s.
During his long life, John Clayton was responsible for the excavation and
preservation of many stretches of Wall, and the museum displays his finds
from numerous sites along it.
Day 3: Scenic Railway Journey
Drive to Langwathby or Appleby, just 15 minutes from TSH and catch the train to the market town of Settle, crossing the famous 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct on
the way. This stretch of the Settle to Carlisle railway is considered to be one of the
most scenic railway journeys in England and in 2006, the line celebrates it’s 130th anniversary.
Along the way, you will pass through Dent Station, the highest main line station in England and journey through the one and a half mile Blea Moor Tunnel, built 500 feet below the eastern flank of Whernside, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. A good
view of Pen-y-Gent, another of the peaks, can be seen when passing through
Horton-in Ribblesdale, before reaching the market town of Settle.
Day 4: Lake District Walks
Meander along the shores of Ullswater, probably England’s most beautiful lake, stopping as you go along the lakeside to appreciate the stunning views.
From Glenridding at the southern end of Ullswater, take the lake ‘steamer’ to Howtown. Climb Hallin Fell for spectacular views over Ullswater with Cross Fell
and the Pennines in the distance.
Follow the hillside footpath above the lake back to Glenridding, stopping along
the way at Silver Crags to admire the views.
Day 5: Cheese and Dales
From nearby Kirkby Stephen, take the road across the moors passing the atmospheric Pendragon Castle before heading south over Mallerstang Common (another of the Bench Mark Sculptures can be seen majestically positioned up on Mallerstang Edge),
to Hawes in Wensleydale where you can see traditional cheeses being made at the Creamery and taste them too! There is a rope makers in the town and a popular street market on Tuesdays.
Return via The ‘Butter Tubs’ into Swaledale where you can visit the picturesque village
of Muker and the stunning bridge at Ivelet, before heading for Nateby via the
waterfalls at Keld and back to TSH.
Day 6: One of the Top Ten Drives in the World
The A686 from Penrith to Corbridge in Northumberland, which passes through Alston, was chosen by the AA Magazine as one of their 'Ten Great Drives'. Between Alston
and Melmerby, the road climbs the Hartside Pass to a height of 1904 feet, from where on a clear day, there are magnificent views across the Solway Firth to Scotland. This long and steep climb also forms part of the C2C Cycle Route.
High up in the North Pennines, Alston claims to be the highest market settlement in England, being about 1000 feet above sea level. It is also remote, about 20 miles
from the nearest town. From every direction, Alston is approached over a broad, heather-clad Pennine landscape which has AONB status. The town has a steep cobbled main street with a distinctive market cross, and many stone buildings dating from the 17th century.
Alston Moor grew as a lead mining comunity over four centuries ago, with Alston town serving the mining families. You can see the history of the lead mining industry in the area at the Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre nearby.
Alston is the starting point for the South Tynedale Railway, England's highest
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