Kirkby Stephen Tourist Information
Kirkby Stephen, positioned at the head of the Eden Valley enjoys the best of both worlds with the fells and waters of the Lake District to the west, and the valleys and moorlands of the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the east.
For more information on Kirkby Stephen, visit: www.walkeden.org
For information on nearby Mallerstang, visit: www.mallerstang.com
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Northern Viaducts Round - This pleasant walk includes rather more than a mile of the former Stainmore Railway and crosses the Merrygill and Podgill viaducts.
The Eden Way. A long distance trail to Carlisle via Warcop, Appleby, Langwathby, Kiroswald, Armathwaite and Wetheral.
The Poetry Path. Poet Meg Peacocke's celebration of the Eden Valley. Her 12 poems marking the farming calendar, are carved into a set of stones, some of which are placed in walls, stiles and upright in the ground along the route similar to milestones. For information and a booklet, visit the Tourist Information Centre.
Lady Annes Way. A 100 mile walk from her birthplace in Skipton via Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Brougham Castle near Penrith.
Lady Anne Clifford Westmorland Heritage Trail. Runs from her former home at Appleby Castle to Kirkby Stephen.
Wainwright's Coast to Coast. Kirkby Stephen is a stop over on this long distance walk along the backbone of England.
For details of many other walks in the area go to www.walkeden.org/ or contact the Tourist Information Centre.
Pendragon Castle. The ruins of the 12th C castle are in nearby Mallerstang Dale. If legend is to be believed, it was founded by Uther Pendragon, father of King Arthur. It stands on private land but access is allowed. A song alluding to the restoration of estates and castles to Lord Clifford of which Pendragon was one, goes as follows.
“How glad Pendragon-though the sleep
Of years be on her-she shall reap
A taste of this great pleasure, viewing
As in a dream her own renewing,
Rejoicing in Brough, right glad I deem
Beside her little humble stream;
And she that keepeth watch and word
Her statlier Eden's course to guard;
They both are happy at this hour
Though each is but a lonely flower”.
The River Eden is a major game fishing river. Salmon and brown trout. More information at
Kirkby Stephen Parish Church - Dating from 1175, it stands on the site of a former Saxon Church.
The Loki Stone - An 8th C carved stone relic of the Viking occupation depicting a figure with beard and horns is in the west end of the church.
Franks Bridge - A 17th C pack horse bridge close to a child friendly recreation area and riverside picnic spot.
Stoneshot Alley - A hiding place beneath here was used by the towns inhabitants as a refuge during raids by the Border Reivers.
Settle - Carlisle Railway - The town is a station stop on this famous 72 mile route which passes through the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the lush Eden Valley. Check for steam train excursions, and, book early.
Eden Benchmarks - 10 carved stone sculptures, not in the town, but easily accessed. All by different sculptors and designed to reflect local pride in the countryside are placed on public foot paths along the River Eden between Mallerstang and Carlisle. “Passage”, one of the works by Laura White, has been placed in Stenkrith Park close to the town. For more information visit www.discover.edenrivertrust.org.uk