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Kirkby Stephen nestles in a corner of Cumbria often missed by visitors to the county. The attractive and friendly market town sits on the upper reaches of the River Eden, before it winds its way through the Eden Valley towards the Solway Firth.
For those who do find us there is plenty of walking on offer, from challenging fells to quiet riverside strolls. Within easy reach are the Howgills, outlying fells of the Lake District but without the crowds. To the east are the North Pennines, complete with a section of the Pennine Way and the extraordinary geological feature of High Cup Nick. Leaving from the town itself it is possible to climb to the enigmatic Nine Standards, a line of nine drystone cairns whose original purpose is shrouded in mystery.
In the Eden Valley itself you will find gentler walks along old railways, nature reserves in rare limestone pavements, ruined castles and stone circles, barrows and ancient settlements.