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Penrith & Eden Valley  

The nearby valley of Eden which winds it's way down the west side of the Pennines from Carlisle to Kirby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales, has a Art Sculpture Trail which has 10 distinctive works by various local Artists, giving an interesting route to follow.

Alan Stone is a painter & printmaker with his work on show at Blencarn in the shadow of Cross Fell the highest point on the Pennine Way.   Tel: 01768-88-688

RHEGED - Discovery Centre

Rheged was the Celtic name of this area of Cumbria, take a trip through time in the Cinerama witnessing history and meet the famous people it has produced on the large screen. Located near the M6 & A66 intersection with Restaurant & Gift Shop it makes a worthwhile stop while traveling north or south or entering the Lake District

Short Drives from Penrith  

Penrith on the M6 in Cumbria is a good starting point for Keswick and the Northern Lakes or Alston in the North Pennines en-route to Tynedale and Hadrianís Wall after one has viewed the points of interest in and around Penrith.

Quality Country House Hotel accommodation is available at the Brantwood in Stainton only two miles west of Penrith off the A66 Keswick road. Near the RHEGED Discovery Centre and Ullswater, ideally located to visit the Northern Lake District

Starting at a 300 year old school which houses The Penrith Museum followed by the 14th century Castle built by William Strickland prior to his becoming Archbishop of Canterbury.

Taking the A66 route south a few miles to Eamont Bridge Brougham Castle which is a majestic site on the Eamont river bank, nearby is Yanwath Arms in the village of Yanwath where the village pub offers a fine menu in the evenings.

Quiet rural accommodation is available at Newby End Farm in Newby, just off the M6 Motorway south of Penrith, where B&B, Self Catering and small Touring Camp Site can be found. An ideal location to explore the Pennines, Eden Valley or the North Eastern Lakes.

A further short run south is the Mayburgh Earthworks where Authurís Round Table a prehistoric mound some 15 feet (5m) high covers an area of more than an acre.

Pottery has been produced at Wetheriggs since 1855 being the only Steam power pottery manufacturer in the UK, it is open with free entry all year.

Another area near north east Penrith worthy of a short drive is found at Langwathby which is a Station on the picturesque rail line from Carlisle to Settle. The station house has been converted into a Tea Room a worthy stop for refreshments and an Antique shop next door.

North of Langwathby near Glassonby is a 18 century corn mill at Salkeld which powered from the watermill still produces stone ground flour during the summer months.

In the same vicinity are two more places of interest, Long Meg a prehistoric circle of 68 large stones and Lacyís Caves at Little Salkeld which are carved out of the red sandstone and can be found after a 2km  walk by the river Eden.

One can then continue on north to Brampton and the Roman Wall on a pleasant country road or return to Langwathby and take the Pennine route to Alston over Hartside and enjoy the views to the east and west from the top.



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