Kirkby Stephen is a small town nestled at the top
of the beautiful Valley. It has a range of shops including a Post Office and delicatessen, newsagents, grocers, cafes, antiques shops and galleries.
There are 2 co-op stores, a small one in the high street
and a small supermarket at the north end of the town.
There is a doctors surgery, a Tourist Information Centre, a bank and 2 garages with fuel and repairs.
Shorter more gentle walks from the station include the poetry path which winds through the countryside around Kirkby Stephen. The old Stainmore Railway offers flat easy walking across some old viaducts and out to the Smardale Nature Reserve.
History & Heritage:
An easy walk from the station takes you to the River Eden passing the ruin of Lammerside Castle and to the romantic ruins of Pendragon Castle which sits right above the River Eden.
Within three miles of the station are the inviting
and popluar Howgill Fells, with well marked paths and waterfalls.
At nearby Church Brough
there is also a ruined castle
and ice cream parlour.
Further afield but still only a short train
ride are the famous ‘Three Peaks’ of North Yorkshire - Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough
All three are easily accessable from Horton-In-Ribblesdale or Ribblehead station.
By car the Lake District is an easy day trip as is the historic Hadrian’s Wall, both offering plenty of walks both challenging and gentle.
Views of Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen and the Upper Eden Valley offers a great variety of walks. The town sits right on the Coast to Coast path and the Pennine Way passes very close by a couple of miles to the east. The enigmatic Wild Boar Fell is just to the south of the station and is a very popular walk over the fell from Garsdale station to Kirkby Stephen station.
The Castle at Brough - well worth as visit!
Wild Boar Fell
The mysterious Nine Standards Rigg sits above the town and is clearly visible from the cottage. A popular walk from the station or the town it’s origin is a mystery but cairns were recorded as having been there since the 14th centaury.
Nine Standards Rigg
Pod Gill Viaduct on the Old Stainmore Line
Poem Carving on the Poetry Path
All the information for these walks more can be found at the accommodation including laminated ordinance survey maps which
you can take on walks with you.
The Upper Eden Valley and surrounding
areas are steeped in history. At Kirkby Stephen Church, (known locally as the ‘Cathedral of the Dales’ for its size and beauty) you can see items of historic interest such as the Loki stone - a rare example of a carving of a Norse god dating back to the viking incursions a thousand years ago.
There are three ruined castles close by; Pendragon and Lammerside, easily walkable
from Kirkby Stephen station, and Brough Castle four miles north of Kirkby Stephen. All three are on or by footpaths and can be accessed to stroll
around free of charge.
The stone circle of Long Meg and her Daughters
is four miles walk from Langwathby station or easily reached be car.
The 'Cathedral of the Dales' at Kirkby Stephen
The town of Appleby in Westmorland is 12 miles from Kirkby Stephen and accessable by both rail and car. Famous for its annual Horse Fair the town sits right on the River Eden.
To see the town of Settle, we would recommend the journey by rail (45 minutes), as you
will pass throught some of the most beautiful countryside in the area, cross the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and see all three of the famous ‘Three Peaks’. Settle town is great
for a half day visit, and Skipton futher down the line offers a castle, good shopping and atmosphere especially on market day (Wednesdays).
The pretty town of Settle
Crossing Ribblehead Viaduct in Winter
The Settle - Carlisle Railway Trust