Settle to Carlisle Way - North Section

A walk from Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle featuring Victorian engineering in the tranquil Eden Valley.

5 to 9 nights
58 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £450 per person

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About this route

The Eden Valley section of the Settle to Carlisle way passes from Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle, following the marvellous Victorian railway through the tranquil Eden Valley. This peaceful walk follows the River Eden as it meanders through rolling farmland, bluebell woods and pretty villages built of warm, red sandstone.

Arguably the most enticing feature of this walk is arriving in the city of Carlisle and exploring the wealth of history and attractions available, providing a fitting end to this fantastic journey of discovery. 

© Contours Walking Holidays Settle to Carlisle Way - North Section map
Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle
58 miles (93 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Strolling through the tranquil scenery of the Eden Valley, while admiring the unspoilt landscapes and spotting an array of butterflies.

Marvelling at the stunning examples of Victorian engineering along the world's most picturesque railway.

Arriving in the city of Carlisle and spending time exploring the fantastic architecture and history on offer. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
S2CE1 From Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding£450
S2CE2 From Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£540
S2CE3 From Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate£630
S2CE4 From Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle 9 nights, 8 days walking Easy / Moderate£810

Settle to Carlisle Way - Eden Valley Section 5 nights, 4 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that during early June, one of the oldest fairs in Europe takes place. The Appleby Horse Fair is visited by travellers who come to trade their horses. It attracts thousands of visitors and as a result, the area becomes very busy and can have an impact on availability of accommodations and the ease of luggage transfers.

If you are considering walking during the times stated above, please telephone us to discuss your options.


Travel to Kirkby Stephen where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Kirkby Stephen to Appleby. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 2

Appleby to Langwathby. 17 miles (27.5km)

Day 3

Langwathby to Armathwaite. 13 miles (20.5km)

Day 4

Armathwaite to Carlisle. 14.5 miles (23km)


Depart from Carlisle after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 5 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra day to explore the sights and sounds of Yorkshire and the Eden Valley can be the perfect way to extend your holiday.

The old market town of Kirkby Stephen is also a good place to take an extra night. Don't miss the unusual 'Bound Devil', a figure of Satan chained and horned in the ancient church of St. Stephen.

Appleby is one of the most picturesque towns in the north of England. The town is surrounded on three sides by a loop in the River Eden. The fourth side was defended by Appleby Castle, which was also restored by Lady Anne Clifford. It consists of a 12th-century keep and a mansion house. These, together with their associated buildings, are set in a courtyard surrounded by curtain walls. Lady Anne also built the almshouses on the wide, tree-lined main street, the Boroughgate - which runs from High Cross, former site of the cheese market outside the castle, to Low Cross, the former site of the butter market. St Lawrence's Church, at Low Cross, holds the tomb of Lady Anne Clifford.

Many people take an extra night in Carlisle and visit the award winning Tullie House Museum, the 12th century cathedral, the half-timbered guildhall that houses a local history museum and the vast medieval castle, with its ancient chambers, stairways and the dungeons that contain the infamous 'licking stones'. Here, parched Jacobite prisoners found enough moisture to stay alive, only to be brutally executed on Gallows Hill.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 58 miles (92.5 km)
Duration: 5 nights, 4 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (20.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27.5 km)
Code: S2CE1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Kirkby Stephen
End of holiday: Carlisle

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Durham-Tees Valley and Leeds Bradford.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Kirkby Stephen) and also at the end of the trail (Carlisle).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Kirkby Stephen and from Carlisle.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Kirkby Stephen. From there a bus/taxi will be required into Kirkby Stephen.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a train from Carlisle to Kirby Stephen. From there a bus/taxi will be required into Kirby Stephen.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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