Explore the Pennines from the quiet solitude of the Eden Valley
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
2 - 3
Towards the very top of England, where the Lake District shoots off to the west and the vast and beautiful moors of the Pennines run along the spine, lies the Eden Valley. This area of lowland hosts sparkling streams, quiet villages and breath-taking views of the surrounding hills. It’s the perfect place to explore on a sociable weekend away!
We’ll be staying in Dufton, right on the Pennine Way and beneath the great slopes that lead up to the hills surrounding the famous Cross Fell, the highest hill in England outside the Lake District. On this weekend of guided walking we’ll most likely spend one day exploring the hills, especially the dramatic viewpoint from High Cup Nick, before having a gentler Sunday stroll in the valley itself.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the Eden Valley and the North Pennines over two days of sociable guided walks, where the aim is to explore the countryside and have a great day out.
- Relax in our exclusive hostel, where the peace and quiet of the village will ease away the stresses of the working week.
- Meet a friendly bunch of people and enjoy the evenings with endless hot drinks, freshly prepared food, and perhaps a glass of wine.
- See a new part of the UK, where the sun-dappled woodlands of the valley lie right beneath the fantastic sight of the great North Pennines.
Eden Valley Weekend Dates:
- Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th April 2020
- Friday 7th – Sunday 9th August 2020
Tonight its all about relaxing, opening the wine and meeting your fellow walkers and getting settled in. As always we will be serving a social evening meal followed by the Large Outdoors staple cheeseboard. The evening is then yours to enjoy as you wish, maybe pop to one of the many local country pubs or just kick back with your favourite bottle of wine.
We believe a great day should start with a good breakfast, here at Large Outdoors we like to enjoy a sit down breakfast with the whole group. Its then time to make packed lunches before we head out on the day’s walk. There are quite a few options running straight from the door, and we’ll always adapt the walk to the ability of the group. One of the best options could be:
A wander up to High Cup Nick starting from the door of the hostel. We’ll journey up along farm tracks before heading out into the open hills, following a well-used path that leads to High Cup Nick, the top of a glacially formed valley with fantastic views out over the Eden Valley. After admiring the surrounding crags, we’ll return back down into the valley via a different route, finishing with trails that lead alongside streams and woodlands back to the hostel.
Once we return to the hostel there will be plenty of time to shower and freshen up before your host prepares the evening meal, which we usually serve around 7.30pm. During the evening the place is yours; perhaps relax with a cup of tea or head down to the local pub!
After breakfast it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. Today we head out for a morning walk of around 4 hours before finishing somewhere we can get lunch before heading home. As with Saturday’s walk there are a number of options, but one nearby possibility is the following:
Starting from the nearby town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, we’ll head out along the River Eden, which gives the valley its name. At the village of Great Ormside we’ll cross farmland to join the trail that runs alongside Hoff Beck, with the chance of seeing the waterfall of Rutter Force. This trail leads us gently back into Appleby for lunch!
We’re convinced that this weekend is the perfect introduction to the area, where you’ll see the hills, valleys and rivers that make the Eden Valley a real hidden gem of the north.
About the Area
Eden Valley and North Pennines
In the north-west of England, the mountains of the Lake District and the spine of the North Pennines are two opposing, and utterly different landscapes. Whereas Lakeland rises up as rocky mountains, flowing down to the east as rounded and grassy hills, the Pennines are giant raised moors, the western scarp like a great wave rearing up over the lowlands. In-between these two ranges of hills lies the Eden Valley, stretching from the Howgill Fells and Tebay in the south all the way up to the Scottish border, where the River Eden flows into the Solway Firth and then the Irish Sea. Here you’ll find woodlands, acres of lush green fields, the many tributaries of the Eden, and of course the timeless villages and towns that create the atmosphere in this northerly region. For walkers there are a vast array of paths criss-crossing the area, meaning it’s easy to see the valley and the hills in one weekend, or even one day!
Good to know:
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Appleby (3 miles)
Taxi: A taxi from Appleby is roughly £10 but this must be booked in advance.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meals on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfasts and packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday’s Walk.
- As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of twins, 4 – 6 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018