Bed & Breakfast in Cumbria

Lying close to the Pennines and to the east of the Lake District fells, the beautiful Eden Valley around the River Eden is a mix of lush green countryside, traditional towns and attractive sandstone villages, some dating back to Viking times. The valley is green and fertile but in medieval times the valley was vulnerable to Scottish raids, and the number of peel towers and castles are testament to a turbulent and violent past.

train on Settle to Carlisle railwayThe region has its source in the Mallerstang Valley near the North Yorkshire border. It makes its way across eastern Cumbria with the hills of the Pennines to the west and the Lake District to the West and then on to Carlisle and the Solway Firth.

For much of its course it is accompanied by the Settle to Carlisle railway with a station at Appleby.

Along the course of the river the 10 Eden benchmarks can be seen. These are a series of contemporary stone sculptures located at intervals along the length of the river Eden between its source and the Solway. One example is Water Cut which can be seen on Lady Anne’s Way near Kirkby Stephen or Red River at Temple Sowerby close to Kirkby Thore.

Water Cut by Mary Bourne in MallerstangThere are many interesting villages including Milburn, just 3 miles from Kirkby Thore, with its sandstone houses arranged around a 4.5 acre rectangular village green. There are many other picturesque villages such as Maulds Meaburn, Dufton and Morland.

The National Trust property with its gardens, mill, bird hide and house at Acorn Bank, are three miles from Kirkby Thore are very attractive and well worth a visit.

Long Meg and her daughters is one of the finest stone circles in the north of England . The circle has a diameter of about 350 feet. Long Meg is the tallest of the 69 stones and stands about 12 feet high. The stones probably date from about 1500BC. They make an interesting place to visit and are about 20 minutes drive away.

Mrs Christine Tucker
Kirkby Thore Hall, Kirkby Thore, Cumbria, CA10 1XN
Email: stay@kirkbythorehall.co.uk :: Telephone: 017683 62989 :: Mobile: 07549 235008

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