Appleby & the Eden

  • Woodland, riverside and farmland combine
  • Explore the town of Appleby
  • Plenty of local inns to enjoy on the walk

After the vigorous activity nearer its source in Mallerstang,  the Eden passes along the massive floodplain known as the Eden Valley. The river is tranquil as it approaches Appleby but the excellent woodland path provides a viewing platform that can be enjoyed for nearly 2 miles. Before reaching the river banks the walk provides many highlights which reflect the varied nature of this part of the world.

The outdoor centre at Ormside Mill and the large caravan park nearby contrast with the lovely woodland walking near Bandley Bridge (the section from here to Hoff was my favourite) and the pretty village of Great Ormside. The lands between is undulating in nature and can be boggy but for a fuller understanding of the lands around Appleby this is a perfect walk.

Recommend: Appleby Castle is not presently open to the public and is covered in scaffolding. Let’s hope it will be soon because the pictures look superb.

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Appleby map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL19 Howgills & the Upper Eden Valley.Buy Map
Start Point: NY683205. There is parking near the centre of Appleby then walk on the B road to Colby before heading off on either signposted footpath (one is a bridleway)
Height to Climb: 96 ms (315 feet)
Terrain: There is a mix of bridleways, footpaths and quiet lanes. Some of the paths across fields are difficult to follow underfoot but well sign posted
Eating & Drinking: There is plenty of choice of places to eat and drink in Appleby; also pubs serving berr & coffees in Hoff & Great Ormside
Similar Walks Nearby: High Cup Nick
Ancient Castles of Mallerstang
Cow Green Reservoir
Places to Stay: Crake Trees Manor, nr Orton