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Guides and maps

Ordnance Survey Map
The best walking map for the immediate area is the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Outdoor Leisure 19 'Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley'.

Books
There is an excellent guidebook for the Eden Valley, written by Vivienne Crow and published by Cicerone. 'Walking in Cumbria's Eden Valley' has 30 walks of varying lengths, all well researched and illustrated, with excerpts from Ordnance Survey Landranger mapping. Around half are in the Upper Eden Valley, close to Kirkby Stephen; the rest are to be found nearer Carlisle. The book costs £12.95.

Ron Scholes' 'Walking in Eden' has a good selection of circular and linear walks in the Eden Valley, from 2 to 15 miles in length. The book can be obtained, post-free, from the author: more information on his Landscape Heritage website.

Peter McWilliam has published a series of booklets with a variety of walks in Upper Eden. The booklets are available in Halls newsagent and the Visitor Centre in Kirkby Stephen and through Amazon.

Vivienne Crow has also written a guide to the Settle to Carlisle Way, which follows the famous railway. Although the route can be walked end to end over several days, it is of course possible to walk individual segments, using the train to get back to your starting point. The book has a basic fold down map, clear route instructions and is water resistant. You may, however, want to carry the OS map above for more detail of the paths being followed.

Various other walking guide books are available from the Kirkby Stephen Tourist Information Centre. Click the link above for 'Tourist Information' for contact details.

Online
You can find a variety of local walks with detailed step-by-step guides and Ordnance Survey maps on Walkingworld. Walks can be bought individually for £1.95 or an annual subscription of £15.50 gives you unlimited access to over 5500 walks. Use the voucher code KIRKBYS to save £2.50 on the usual subscription of £18.

Two very popular local walks, at Smardale Gill and to the summit of Wild Boar Fell, are free to download from Walkingworld. Just join the site as a member and then look at the free sample walks page for these and a number of other walks in Cumbria.

Much of the stock of the popular Discover Eden trail brochures has been damaged by flood water. However they are available to download on the Eden Rivers Trust website.

A Walk on the Clouds
The 'Clouds' is a rocky limestone outcrop found at the foot of Wildboar Fell. There is a wealth of geological, ecological and historical interest to be found on a short walk through them. You can download a free guide that takes you through the 'Clouds'. If you enjoy the walk please support the Cumbria Wildlife Trust by making a text donation. Simply text WILD20 £1,2,3,5,10 to 70070, filling in the gift aid form too if you can.

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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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