Find and Book Eden Valley Country Cottages in Cumbria

Holiday cottages in the Eden Valley are surrounded by unspoiled countryside, riverside walks and ancient sandstone villages. With the Lake District to its west and the Pennines to the east, this spectacular area of Cumbria has remained remarkably untouched by mass tourism. The source of the River Eden is located in the peat bogs at the foot of Hugh Seat, in the dale of Mallerstang. It is famous for having some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the North, and beautiful walks can be enjoyed along its banks. The river passes through the market town of Kirkby Stephen, where you will discover a variety of independent businesses. The town is close to several of the valley’s scenic highlights, including the dramatic arches and gorges known as Devil’s Grinding Mill, and the Poetry Path, featuring 12 stones carved to depict a year in the life of a hill farmer.

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Highly recommended on self-catering holidays in the Eden Valley, the Nine Standards Rigg are a series of mysterious stone cairns at the summit of Hartley Fell. Walkers who complete the strenuous ascent to the summit are rewarded with far-reaching views across the valley. The river also passes through Appleby-in-Westmorland, another Cumbrian market town with a Norman castle and a range of shops to peruse. Further west, the town of Penrith is best-known for its imposing ruined castle, and has a historic centre with some great places to eat and drink. 


On the doorstep of your holiday cottage the Eden Valley, the Settle to Carlisle Railway runs through the valley. A ride on one of the railway’s heritage steam engines is a joy, with tunnels, viaducts and incredible views of the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales. The wild and unspoiled countryside of the Eden Valley is dotted with pele towers and castles – reminders of the region’s turbulent past, which included Scottish raids during medieval times.