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Getting around

If you don't have a car there are many ways to get to and from your walks. If you are staying in a B&B, guesthouse or hotel your hosts may be able to drive you to walk starts and collect you at the end of the day - it is always worth asking.

By train
The Settle-Carlisle railway makes a delightful journey in its own right. There are walks from all the stations along the line, some starting at one station and ending at another. Kirkby Stephen station is about a mile from the town centre and can be reached by footpath. You can park for free (long and short-term) at the station.

By bus
For something a bit different, Cumbria Classic Coaches have a fleet of vintage buses. Scheduled services run to Kendal, Barnard Castle and Hawes on selected days of the week - check the timetable.

There's a bus service connecting Garsdale station (on the Settle-Carlisle railway) with Upper Wensleydale and Upper Swaledale. More about the Little White Bus

Taxi
Taxis can be booked with Alan Middleton - 07930 856778

Baggage transfer
Coast to Coast Packhorse, The Sherpa Van Project and Brigantes Walking Holidays carry your baggages for the Coast to Coast Path and Lady Anne Way. Pre-booked passengers may be carried.

'Give your car a holiday'
Natural England and Cumbria Tourism have produced a guide with ideas for holidaying 'car-free' in the Eden Valley, whether for your whole stay or just for a few days. Download the guide (PDF)


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You can download and print out three free walks near Kirkby Stephen from the Walkingworld website. One is a circuit of the Smardale nature reserve including the imposing viaduct. There is an exploration of the Eden Viaducts near Kirkby Stephen that includes I-Spy sheets for spotting features en-route. The third is a rugged hill walk to the summit of Wild Boar Fell. Simply join Walkingworld to access these walks.
Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome Steering Group. Contact us
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