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Step out to discover some of Eden’s amazing walks during English Tourism Week

visit Eden year, Eden District Council’s Tourism Team are encouraging local people and visitors to step out and enjoy some of the huge range of walks on offer in this beautiful corner of Cumbria during English Tourism Week 2018.

Running from 17 to 25 March, English Tourism Week provides an extra opportunity to celebrate the huge variety of walks that are on offer around the Eden Valley, Ullswater and the North Pennines.

The Eden Tourism Team are running a special competition with a range of amazing prizes donated by local tourism businesses. To enter the competition visit www, before 26 March 2018. The Tourism Team are also working with Penrith Ramblers and Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome to offer local people and visitors the chance to explore parts of Eden in the company of expert walking guides on a series of free walks.

Special Walks for English Tourism Week include:

  • Sunday 18 March: History in our Countryside – The Lowther Valley, Askham Fell and Heughscar Hill – 7.5 mile walk

  • Thursday 22 March: Dawdles Walk Northern Viaduct Trust accessible walk - A delightful level walk along the old Stainmore Railway with spectacular views from the splendid viaducts with added historical information in the North Pennines AONB.  Wheelchairs and buggies welcome.

  • Friday 23 March: Around or over Dufton Pike – a prominent peak on the East Fellside – 4.5 mile walk

  • Friday 23 March: Iconic Features of the North Pennines – Great Rundale, Maize Beck and High Cup Nick - 10 mile walk

Places on these special walks are limited and must be pre booked - Please visit for more information on these walks, how to book a place and details of what equipment you will need to bring with you.

"We are delighted to be running these special walks during English Tourism Week" said Graham Allan – Chair, Penrith Ramblers  "Walking is a very popular pastime amongst local people and visitors.  It helps people discover more about the area and helps them stay fit and well at the same time.  We hope more people will find out why walking together is great fun as they set out on any of our special tourism week walks this year."

Kirkby Stephen and District Walkers are Welcome are also delighted to be running a special walk during English Tourism Week. Chair of Kirkby Stephen and District Walkers are Welcome, Anne Sandell, said: “Walking is at the heart of Kirkby Stephen and the Upper Eden Valley for both residents and visitors alike.  From weekly health walks, disabled routes, the Poetry Path, following the River Eden to climbing Nine Standards Rigg on the famous Coast to Coast walk there is a fantastic variety to enjoy in all weathers. We look forward to welcoming you."

"The walks are just one example of how the area will showcase itself during English Tourism Week. English Tourism Week 2018 is all about celebrating what’s great about our area’s dynamic and fascinating tourism industry" said Charlie Thornton, Tourism Development Officer at Eden District Council.

"With over 4 million visitors to  Eden every year it is no wonder that Eden’s wealth of walking opportunities have become popular with growing numbers of people.  We hope these special walks running during English Tourism Week will open people’s eyes to some new walking gems.” To find out more about walking in the Eden Valley, North Pennines and Ullswater visit the extensive range of walking information on

To sign up for any of the Penrith Ramblers walks please contact Penrith Tourist Information Centre Team, on 01768 867466 or email:

To register interest in the Kirkby Stephen Dawdles walk please email:


Notes to Editors

Penrith Ramblers

The Penrith Group is an active group of the 'Ramblers' organisation leading 5 or 6 walks of differing grades each week within the Lake District, Eden Valley and the North Pennines. Despite being centred on a fairly small town, the group has upwards of 300 members - with more than 100 taking to the footpaths of Eden and neighbouring districts in any week. The group holds most of its walks on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year. During the Summer months walks are also arranged on a Thursday evening with some special walks on a Sunday which follow the routes of local Long Distance footpaths.

Besides leading walks, the group is involved with investigating routes for new and existing paths and reporting obstructions to paths in the area. It also holds social events, such as lunches/dinners and walking trips in other areas of the country . As you might expect there are many members who work with little publicity behind the scenes, helping with social events, doing the administration, making policy decisions and helping to publicise the group, for example: writing articles in the local press and running the Penrith Ramblers website.

Kirkby Stephen Walkers are Welcome

Kirkby Stephen has been nationally accredited as a Walkers are Welcome town since April 2009.  The first in Cumbria, the group is committed to encouraging walkers to visit Kirkby Stephen and the beautiful surrounding countryside; wherever possible using public transport. The group constantly work towards improving facilities and making walkers welcome.

Visitors - Importance to Eden’s economy

During 2016, Eden attracted 4.77 million tourism visits (visitor numbers up 3% on 2015), with a massive £309.41 million being generated within the local economy through visitor and tourism business expenditure (an increase of 3% on 2015). During 2016, tourism accounted for 4,283 full-time equivalent jobs in Eden (an increase of 0.9% on 2015).
Source: STEAM

English Tourism Week is co-ordinated by VisitEngland

It is designed to:

  • Raise the profile and understanding of tourism with decision makers, the media, those who work in the industry and those considering a career in the industry;

  • Increase awareness amongst consumers including local residents who can discover the delights on their doorstep and visitors from further afield who can experience England, its variety, accessibility and value;

  • Provide a national framework for local destinations, businesses and organisations to use to build their own marketing and PR campaigns; and provides tourism businesses with a free marketing and communication "hook" to heighten awareness of their own activities.