The Eden Valley

The Eden Valley

This hidden 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 the beautiful countryside of the Westmoreland Dales. Kirkby Stephen was the first town in Cumbria to be awarded "Walkers are Welcome" status and has a large network of well maintained local footpaths from our doorstep. We are well located on the routes of several long distance walks including Wainwright's Coast to Coast, The Pennine Journey and The Lady Anne Way.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park was extended in 2016 and now covers the Westmorland Dales surrounding Kirkby Stephen, giving deserved recognition of the beauty and history of our favourite local areas such as Mallerstang, Wild Boar Fell, The Howgill Fells as well an amazing range of flora and fauna, with four nature reserves within a 5 mile radius of Kirkby Stephen including Smardale Gill Nature Reserve.

The Lake District National Park, now a Unesco World Heritage Site and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are only short drive away should you wish to explore further afield or climb some of Englands highest mountains such as Cross Fell or Blencathra.

There are excellent opportunities for cyclists both on and off road as well several long distance routes such as the Walney to Wear.

We can also help organise activities such as horse riding, mountain bike hire & paragliding. If there is anything else you would like to experience whilst staying in The Eden Valley let us know and we shall see what we can do.

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. You may even be lucky enough to see a Steam Engine running. 

 There are many charming villages throughout the Eden Valley such as Ravenstonedale, Orton and Hartley some of which are within easy walking distance of Kirkby Stephen.


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

  • Best overnight stay on the C to C. Great house, food and very friendly

    Steve & Jane
  • Nothing like this in Australia. Fantastic!

    Dan & Robyn
  • 6 Stars. This place is heaven. Thank you so much.

    Nicky & Karen
  • Just what a perfect guest house should be, we'll be back!

  • Fantastic comfortable room and a wonderful breakfast. Thank you.

  • Fantastic, definitely lived up to recommendations and reputation!

    Ian & Lindy, Australia
  • Stylish and beautiful, excellent breakfast and coffee! Many thanks.

    Julie, USA
  • 2 stops here on the C2C - how lucky we are. Fully revived for the next stage. Thankyou so much.

    Ros & Gordon
  • Great stay - best stopover by far. Many thanks .

    Bill, Canada
  • Fantastic Place! Our favourite on the C2C. Thank you.

    Foster & pam, USA
  • So warm, welcoming & helpful. A lovely home Rachel & Nick!!

    Ian, Australia
  • What a lovely warm welcome, hidden gem, fantastic B&B. Loved it and fabulous porridge.

    Linda & Rick
  • I Just knew I'd be back!!. Lovely night, breakfast just sets up a body brilliantly. Many thanks.

  • We had a great relaxing evening in your cosy house. Thank you very much.

    Silvia & Willy, Germany
  • My second visit in 2 years and as always a fantastic stay. Thank you very much andhope to be back in 2017.

  • Once again a wonderful stay - great hosts! 
    Thank you

    Gill & Andrew
  • Lovely house, thank you for a great stay, taking care of our hiking gear, superb breakfast.
    A wonderful rest.

    Annabel & Sandy
  • Wonderful welcome & hospitality. Home comforts and a glorious location.

    Trevor & Lorraine
  • 10/10 in every aspect, fantastic food, surroundings and food.
    A defintie return is planned.

    Alan & Dawn
  • A wonderful welcome and great advice for walkers.

  • So nice to return here and spend a little longer. Thank you Rachel & Nick for your kindness. The advice on walks, maps and leaflets were much appreciated. 
    Best wishes to you both...and Dylan.

    Lynn & John, Australia.
  • Now we've found you we will be back. A beautiful B&B and wondrous hospitality.

    Helen & Guy.
  • Lovely stay- integral part of our C2C planning to stay at The Old Croft House. Cake, Porridge , Nick & Rachel- Fantastic!
  • Thank you for an exceedingly warm welcome, value and a wonderful stay.

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