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Guided walks

There are regular guided walks in the area. Take a look in the events calendar for upcoming walks.

The 'Dawdles' walks take place throughout the year, usually leaving from the church cloisters in Kirkby Stephen market square once a week. The aim is to have a series of pleasant strolls in and around the town, in good company and gentle enough for all abilities. The majority of walks will be just over an hour, with the occasional 'Dawdle Extra' which goes a little further. All are welcome and there's no booking required - just turn up! For most walks there's a suggested donation of £1 each to help cover costs. Look under Events for the current programme.

Local guides
Dr. Stephen Walker, researcher and writer of Nine Standards: Ancient Cairn or Modern Folly will be happy to accompany interested groups to Nine Standards or do presentations. You can contact him through the Friends of Nine Standards website.

Richard Tolley is a qualified Mountain Leader and member of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team. With Richard you can arrange an itinerary on the local fells or further afield, for anything from a single day to a fortnight. There is more information on his Lake District Guided Walking website

Graham Uney is a fully qualified and insured summer and winter Mountain Leader. He is a member of the Mountain Training Association and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team. Graham offers a range of skills courses for walkers and rock climbers through www.grahamuneymountaineering.co.uk and also guided walks in the Lake District and Pennines. More info:

Please also contact us if you would like any advice on local or themed walks and facilities in the area. Arrangements that have been made in the past have included orienteering, introductions to hillwalking, open access, industrial heritage, the Poetry Walk, historical tours of Kirkby Stephen, Pennine Journey and Coast to Coast guides and disabled walks.

Special offers

You can download to an app or 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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