The Eden Valley is just North East of Penrith and is a wonderful area of Cumbria, and unspoilt by mass tourism. The Eden Valley offers some of the most beautiful scenery in England, much of which can be admired from Corn Rigg Cottage and Rusby Barn.
The Eden Valley offers peaceful walks along country lanes with views up to the fells, and riverside walks by the River Eden, one of the finest salmon and trout rivers in the North of England.
Cross Fell, the highest point on the Pennines, overlooks Corn Rigg Cottage and Rusby Barn, and offers a more challenging fell walk for those with the energy. The famous High Cup Nick, described by Wainwright as an 'unforgettable sight', and the long distance Pennine Way, are also close by.
Cycle routes such as the C2C (Coast to Coast) criss-cross the area and offer challenges for all levels of ability.
The Eden Valley has a rich history and in Medieval times the valley was vulernable to Scottish raids, so there are a number of pele towers and castles that can be visited across the area.
The famous Settle to Carlisle railway runs through the heart of Eden, with stations at Armathwaite, Lazonby, Langwathby, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. Langwathby station is less than a 10 min drive away from the cottages.
There are a wide range of attractions to visit during a stay in the Eden Valley, with historic houses, gardens, craft workshops, galleries and museums, and over seventy visitor attractions.
The Lake District lies to the West of the Eden Valley and is only a short drive away, with all the splendours it has to offer. Ullswater, the second largest lake in the Lake District is just a 25 min drive away. The market town of Keswick and the wonderful Derwentwater are only 35 mins away from the cottages, and day trips to the Southern lakes can also easily be had.
To the East of the Eden Valley lies the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The drive over Hartside Pass to Alston is one of the most dramatic in the country - hairpin bends and steep climbing until you reach the Hartside Café and the stunning views it has to offer - popular with bikers and cyclists alike. Then drop down to the highest market town in the UK - Alston - with its cobbled streets, quaint pubs and individual shops.
Useful Local Information
The small market town of Penrith is approximately 10 miles from Ousby where there are supermarkets, petrol stations, cafés, shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as a cinema. Penrith also has a tourist information centre.
The nearest ‘village’ shop and post office is based in Langwathby – 4.5 miles.
There is a pub just a 15 min walk from the cottages in Ousby, The Fox Inn, which serves good food and excellent real ale. The Shepherds Inn in Melmerby (approx 2.5 miles) and The Shepherds Inn in Langwathby also serve good food and real ale. There is also the famous organic Village Bakery in Melmerby.
The nearest main line rail station is Penrith on the West Coast Line.