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Kirkby Stephen
About Kirkby Stephen and the Eden Valley

Kirkby Stephen and its surrounding area is where members of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden are drawn from. It is a small bustling market town situated in the Eden Valley in Cumbria. It is a great place to live, work and visit but don't tell anyone as it might become too crowded. The Eden Valley really is one of Cumbria's best kept secrets. While enjoying beautiful scenery like the nearby Lake District it is much quieter with fewer visitors. This creates a region of tranquility nestled amid rolling Cumrian fells. It is worth a visit.

Local Links

The following links provide information on the local area: where to stay, what to do, local history and activities etc.

A Look at Kirkby Stephen
This official website details everything you need to know about the town and surrounding area. Where to stay. What to do.

Several members of the Rotary Club of Upper Eden live in Ravenstonedale. It is a picturesque village in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The website lists where to staya nd what to do.

Kirkby Stephen Anglers
KSAA controls fishing on River Eden near Kirkby Stephen. Membership is open to applications from outside the area. Day tickets are available.

Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team
Lots of information on walking near Kirkby Stephen and how to stay safe on the hills.

Appleby-in-Westmorland is close to Kirkby Stephen. The Rotary Clubs of Upper Eden and Appleby collaborate on many fund-raising initiatives. Appleby is and is an excellent centre for exploring the surrounding area and enjoying the scenery.

Cumbria Railways
The Cumbria Railways website is dedicated to the lost railways of Northern Cumbria which have all closed during the last century. Contains information on the line that used to go through Ravenstonedale parish.

Cumbria Tourism
Cumbria Tourism is the official Tourist Board for the Lake District, Cumbria.

Eden Benchmarks
Eden Benchmarks is a series of ten contemporary stone sculptures located at intervals along the length of the river Eden between its source above the Mallerstang valley.

Friends of St Oswald's
Become a friend of St Oswald's and help us to preserve one of the country's finest churches for the benefit of future generations.

This Walking Britain series contains lots of information on the Howgills, near Ravenstonedale.

Kirkby Stephen Accommodation
Lists accommodation in the vicinity of Kirkby Stephen

Lake District Tourism
Official guide for English Lake District Tourism. Go Lakes.

Mallerstang, not far from Ravenstonedale, is one of England’s few remaining wild and peaceful places.

Pendragon Castle
The castle was built next to the River Eden in the Vale of Mallerstang in the late 12th century.

Rotary Club of Upper Eden
Local Rotary Club meets weekly in Kirkby Stephen. Rotarians visiting Ravenstonedale are invited to attend.

Settle-Carlisle Railway
Contains timetables for the Settle-Carlisle railway. Nearest station to Ravenstonedale is Kirkby Stephen, about 3 miles away. This 72 mile line is reputedly the most scenic section of railway in the UK and it is right on our doorstep.

Walk Eden
In the Eden Valley you will find gentler walks along old railways, nature reserves in rare limestone pavements, ruined castles and stone circles, barrows and ancient settlements.

Walking in Cumbria
More than 160 FREE Cumbria walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the country.

Information on the Yomp, a major annual fund-raising event organised by the Rotary Club of Upper Eden. It involves a 23 mile walk or run on the fells around Kirkby Stephen.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Planning a trip to the Yorkshire Dales? Find out where to stay, what to do and how to get here by bus, train or car.