Visit Upper Eden

How to get here

Kirkby Stephen and the Upper Eden is predominantly rural with no theme parks and big attractions, visitors come here for the scenery and unpolluted fresh air. 

Walkers enjoy the authentic experience not contaminated by commercialism as in the hotspots of the Lake District but still offering varied walking country and spectacular countryside. Children enjoy freedom and traditional countryside adventure.

Kirkby Stephen is a very small Market Town with the main trade – still primarily agriculture – being conducted in the auction mart where they sell, sheep, cattle and horses, an experience in itself especially the special historical sales like Luke’s Fair and Cowper Day.

We hope you enjoy what we have to offer, including our quirky shops and small businesses.  Above all enjoy the peace, air, landscape, friendly people, heritage and wild life and go home rested and relaxed.

Ideally located off major routes, getting here couldn’t be easier – you’ll be able to arrive relaxed and raring to go, whether travelling by road or rail.

Getting here by train:

From the South/East: Northern Trains Settle – Carlisle line 

From the North/West: Northern Trains Carlisle – Settle line

Facilities at Kirkby Stephen Station include a station car park and payphones available for customer use. As there are no ticketing provisions at this station, passengers should take care to purchase tickets for travel from Kirkby Stephen ahead of time or on board the train from a conductor. Basic seating and waiting rooms are installed on both platforms. Ramped access is available to both platforms from either the station car park or the A685. The Station is approx 2 miles from the town centre, connected by a well signposted dedicated footpath / cycleway.

Getting here by road:

From the North (A66): Leave the A66 at the Brough junction, follow the signs to Kirkby Stephen (A685 – 4 miles). The road will pass the Co-op Supermarket on your right and take you straight to the town centre.

From the South (M6): Leave the M6 at J38 (Tebay) and take the 2nd exit signposted Kirkby Stephen (A685). Follow the A685 for 12 miles, the road will take you into the town centre.


There is free parking in the town centre limited to 2 hours. However there is a large, free unrestricted carpark (overnight stay permitted but no camping) at the north end of the town which also has electric charging points: