The Eden Valley

The Eden Valley

This corner of Cumbria is often missed by visitors but those lucky enough to arrive here will find an unspoilt, traditional market town situated on the River Eden, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The town is a base for a wide range of activities from fell walking to the mysterious Nine Standards cairns or for more gentle strolls follow the disused railway line or the River Eden itself.

Kirkby Stephen West railway station is located on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway line. This 72 mile stretch of railway is said by many to be England’s most scenic and passes through the rolling hills and market towns of the Eden Valley en route from the Yorkshire Dales to Carlisle.

In August 2011 the Stainmore railway celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway line between the North East and Cumbria in 1861, and the re-opening of Kirkby Stephen East Station as a Railway Heritage Centre.

In summer the town is vibrant with floral displays and attractive gardens - helping to make Kirkby Stephen a Cumbria in Bloom winner. There are many charming villages throughout the Eden Valley such as Ravenstondale, Winton and Hartley some of which are within easy walking distance of Kirkby Stephen.

The Eden offers something for those looking for a more relaxing break. There is plenty for those with an interest in art, the stunning and varied landscape of the area has attracted numerous artists, many open their studios during Open Studios run by Eden Arts, normally held in September.

What our guests thought of us

  • "I arrived colder than an Eskimo's nose and wetter than an otter's pocket; never was a welcome felt so warm."


  • "A haven after a very trying day. Fantastic welcome, fantastic place. I will be back"


  • "Nick & Rachel made me feel so welcome for my prolonged stay here. There enthusiasm and interest in visitors, walking in the fells etc are infectious. This has been a super stay in a lovely home - thank you so much and I look forward to staying again next year.

    Philip J

  • "Really wonderful! Thank you for the lovely welcome and hospitality. Amazing Sunday roast, lots of laughs! Great night's sleep (and afternoon) & the footspa was just heaven!"

    Cath & Jeff, Manchester.

  • "This is just lovely. Thanks Nick and Rachel for your kind hospitality, lovely tucker and for sharing this fascinating abode."

    Alex & Cath, Canberra, Australia.

  • "2nd stay in a week. Wonderful hospitality - fantastic dinner - thank you both so much."

    Nick & Kathryn

  • "Hiking Coast to Coast - arrived after a long day on trail due to losing our way! Great hot shower and dinner! Fantastic room and bed. Thanks to our Host & Hostess - GREAT INN, we will return.

    Mike & Christina, Orlando, FL USA.

  • “Wonderful stop, good company & facilities. Pity only one night”

    The Hill family


    Wally and Sue

  • “A perfect last night to our holiday!"

    Chris & Jude

  • “Thanks for a super stay – especially the kippers!”

    Harry and Pat, Tuscon AZ

  • “This is the loveliest spot we’ve found on the Coast to Coast walk, thank you so much for your outstanding hospitality”

    The Copleys, California

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