A few miles south west of Penrith is Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District, a great favourite of many and beloved of walkers, campers and sailing enthusiasts. 

Penrith is the main centre for the Eden Valley and stands at the crossroads of the M6 and the A66 trans-Pennine route. The River Eden itself rises in the Mallerstang Valley, goes through Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, by-passes Penrith and then heads for the sea near Carlisle, 80 miles (130km) from its source.

To the east, the Pennines form an almost continuous backdrop to this lovely part of Cumbria while tracking the River Eden for much of the way is the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line.

If it’s wilder country you’re after, make for Alston and the north Pennines, one of the last ‘wilderness’ areas of England. Just as unspoilt are the Howgill Fells, close to where the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks meet near Tebay.

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

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