For a long time the Eden Valley was undiscovered territory for many visitors to Cumbria but go east of the M6 and you’ll see why growing numbers are heading here.

There are no lakes to speak of but Cumbria’s longest waterway - the River Eden - rises in the Mallerstang Valley, flows through Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, by-passes Penrith and then heads for the sea near Carlisle, 80 miles (130km) from its source.

The Pennines form an almost continuous backdrop to the Eden Valley while tracking the river for much of the way is the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line.

If it’s wilder country you’re after, make for Alston and the north Pennines, one of the last ‘wilderness’ areas of England. Just as unspoilt are the Howgill Fells, close to where the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks meet near Tebay.

Not far from this point is Sedbergh, England’s Book Town, with the cobblestoned village of Dent to its south east and the picturesque town of Kirkby Lonsdale to the south.

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