Latest News From Eden District Council:
• Sunday 18 March: History in our Countryside – The Lowther Valley, Askham Fell and Heughscar Hill – 7.5 mile walk
• Thursday 22 March: Dawdles Walk Northern Viaduct Trust accessible walk – A delightful level walk along the old Stainmore Railway with spectacular views from the splendid viaducts with added historical information in the North Pennines AONB. Wheelchairs and buggies welcome.
• Friday 23 March: Around or over Dufton Pike – a prominent peak on the East Fellside – 4.5 mile walk
• Friday 23 March: Iconic Features of the North Pennines – Great Rundale, Maize Beck and High Cup Nick – 10 mile walk
Places on these special walks are limited and must be pre booked – Please visit www.visiteden.co.uk for more information on these walks, how to book a place and details of what equipment you will need to bring with you.
“With over 4 million visitors to Eden every year it is no wonder that Eden’s wealth of walking opportunities have become popular with growing numbers of people. We hope these special walks running during English Tourism Week will open people’s eyes to some new walking gems.” To find out more about walking in the Eden Valley, North Pennines and Ullswater visit the extensive range of walking information on www.visiteden.co.uk
Notes to Editors
Besides leading walks, the group is involved with investigating routes for new and existing paths and reporting obstructions to paths in the area. It also holds social events, such as lunches/dinners and walking trips in other areas of the country . As you might expect there are many members who work with little publicity behind the scenes, helping with social events, doing the administration, making policy decisions and helping to publicise the group, e.g. writing articles in the local press and running the Penrith Ramblers website.
Kirkby Stephen has been nationally accredited as a Walkers are Welcome town since April 2009. The first in Cumbria, the group is committed to encouraging walkers to visit Kirkby Stephen and the beautiful surrounding countryside; wherever possible using public transport. The group constantly work towards improving facilities and making walkers welcome
During 2016, Eden attracted 4.77 million tourism visits (visitor numbers up 3% on 2015), with a massive £309.41 million being generated within the local economy through visitor and tourism business expenditure (an increase of 3% on 2015). During 2016, tourism accounted for 4,283 full-time equivalent jobs in Eden (an increase of 0.9% on 2015).
English Tourism Week is co-ordinated by VisitEngland and is designed to:
Raise the profile and understanding of tourism with decision makers, the media, those who work in the industry and those considering a career in the industry;
Increase awareness amongst consumers including local residents who can discover the delights on their doorstep and visitors from further afield who can experience England, its variety, accessibility and value;
Provide a national framework for local destinations, businesses and organisations to use to build their own marketing and PR campaigns; and provides tourism businesses with a free marketing and communication “hook” to heighten awareness of their own activities.