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Walking in the Upper Eden Valley

Kirkby Stephen is in the heart of spectacular countryside with miles of footpaths and bridleways and thousands of acres of open access land.

Wild Boar FellThere are recognised trails and walks of various lengths allowing you to explore the towns and villages and rich landscape, culture and history of the area on foot. Alfred Wainwright's famous Coast-to-Coast route crosses the surrounding fells and passes through Kirkby Stephen and Hartley.  Classic fell walks such as Nine Standards Rigg, Wild Boar Fell, High Cup Nick and routes in the Howgills are on the doorstep. Much of the surrounding upland is open access land, giving walkers the freedom to roam.  

There is a huge variety of lower level walks through valleys, farmland and woods, along rivers, by waterfalls, through limestone pavements and on disused railway lines.  

Stenkrith ParkThe Northern Viaducts Round follows over a mile of the former Stainmore Railway crossing the Merrygill and Podgill Viaducts and is accessible to wheelchairs and buggies.

The old railway line coincides in part with another route, the Poetry Path, along which there are twelve large stones inscribed with poems reflecting a year in the life of a hill farmer. Another section of the former Stainmore railway line can also be walked at Smardale Gill, about three miles from Kirkby Stephen. More on the Northern Viaduct Trust website

There is useful information about the Howgills provided by the Sedbergh Area Walking & Cycling Group.

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You can download to an app or print out three free walks near Kirkby Stephen from the Walkingworld website. One is a circuit of the Smardale nature reserve including the imposing viaduct. There is an exploration of the Eden Viaducts near Kirkby Stephen that includes I-Spy sheets for spotting features en-route. The third is a rugged hill walk to the summit of Wild Boar Fell. Simply join Walkingworld to access these walks.
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