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As well as serious walking there are plenty of other things to do in and around Kirkby Stephen. Here are just a few of the possibilities:

Free Town Trail leaflets
KS walkYou can download and print out a town trail for Kirkby Stephen, taking you to all the fascinating spots in this historic market town. Download the trail (PDF)

The Kirkby Stephen Family Adventure 3K Trail has lots to look out for along the route plus a long list of free and inexpensive family activities to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather. The trail starts at an old fashioned sweet shop and finishes at one of two play parks.
Download the trail (PDF)


The Brough Buggy Walk leaflet is ideal for families with small children, pushchairs and even wheelchairs with alternative loops in Church and Market Brough. Visit a free castle, playground, ice cream parlour, cafes, caves and lots more, all easily accessible on all weather surfaces. (N.B. The Castle itself is more challenging for wheelchairs)  Download the walk (PDF)

Walkingworld offers three free walks in the area to download and print out. The Eden Viaducts Trail includes a sheet of unusual features to look out for on the short 3 mile walk. Links are in the panel on the right - you just need to join Walkingworld as a member to access these walks.

Castles

Brough and Pendragon Castles are both free to visit. Pendragon Castle is found just off the road through Mallerstang. It is a ruin in an atmospheric location; currently it's not safe to enter but you can see it well from the road and surrounding paths. Brough Castle, to be found on the road between Kirkby Stephen and Brough, is in the care of English Heritage. Much of the keep still stands. There is a privately owned tea room near the entrance selling home-made ice-cream.

Fishing
Year round fishing for all abilities can be found at Bessy Beck at Newbiggin-on-Lune, on the main road from the M6 to Kirkby Stephen. Equipment can be hired and bait purchased. There's an onsite tearoom. More at www.bessybecktrout.co.uk

Kirkby Stephen East Heritage Centre
You can find out more about the railway lines that ran through from Darlington and Barnard Castle, via Stainmore Summit, to Appleby and Penrith. Buffet car, shop and small exhibits museum. Free car parking and admission. www.kirkbystepheneast.co.uk

Paragliding
Sunsoar Paragliding is based in Kirkby Stephen and uses the local hills as a training ground.

Horse riding
The surrounding countryside has a good network of bridleways. The Stonetrail Riding Centre offers treks for beginners and experienced riders, from 1 hour to a full day. 

 

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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.
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