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The Eastern Fells of Cumbria
From the High Pennines stretching south from Alston to the edge of Stainmore, and Dentdale, through the Eden Valley
the towns of Penrith, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh, to the Eastern Lakes: Ullswater and Haweswater

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Eastern Fells: A Personal View
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The Eastern Fells region of the Lake District has been subdivided following natural and political bondaries, into three separate areas. Two of them are outside the boundary of the Lake District but are no less interesting. Eden includes the main town of Penrith and the middle Eden Valley, and the northern part of the Pennines. Pennine stretches south from Appleby and takes in the upper Eden Valley and the Pennine region from Kirkby Stephen to Dentdale and Sedbergh. The third, Eamont, is situated within the National Park and includes the Lakes on the East side of the Lake District Fells, Ullswater and Haweswater.

E1E1: Eden Penrith, Alston & the Eden Valley
E2E2: Eamont Ullswater, Haweswater and Shap
E3E3: Pennine Appleby, Sedbergh and the Pennines

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Photographs left to right, top to bottom:
View over the Eden Valley towrds the central Lake Distrct from Hartsop; Appleby; MV Raven on Ullswater;
View from Rosgill to Haweswater, High Street and Bampton Common; Eden Valley and Lake District from Hartsop; Haweswater
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CLICK on the GALLERIES: EDEN. EAMONT & PENNINE (top left) for a greater selection of larger images

Apart from a few pockets such as Ullswater and Penrith, much of the Eastern Fells is often overlooked by people rushing to the Central Lake District. However, this region includes some of Cumbria's most dramatic scenery and wild environments. The high Hartside pass whoich winds up to the old market town of Alston is frequently cut off by snow, and when you visit this part of the Pennines you can quickly see why. The Pennines here are high and teh moors stretch out through miles of bleak, wilderness to Stainmore and southwards over Kirkby Stephen to Boar Fell, Pen-y-Ghent and Inglebrough at the edge of the Dales. Indeed Dent and Sedbergh are more like the Yorkshire Dales than Cumbria - they were once part of Yorkshire and make up the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The region of the South Pennines in the country has become far more popular in recent years following the success of the regenerated Settle to Carlisle Railway which has frequent rail services between Carlisle and Leeds, and steam specials during the summer months. Many of the old market towns of this high region are equally fascinating: Sedbergh with its books shops, nearby Hawes over the border at the top of Wensleydale, and Kirkby Stephen which has won several accolades fr its local services and comminity. Every Easter it hosts a fantastic historic vehicle rally which forms the centre piece of numerous local events. The upper Eden Valley is guarded by Pendragon Castle, one of a string of fortifications which stretch north along the Eden Valley to the Scottish Border - Brough, Brougham, Appleby, Penrith and so on. Further north the valley broadens into pasture and woodland with numerous villages with historic sandstone churches, and the key towns of Penrith and Appleby, the latter famous for its annual horse fair. West of the M6 Motorway you reach the lesser haunts of the Eastern lake District - Shap Abbey, Haweswater, and Martindale, and of course Ullswater , famous for Wordsworth's 'host of golden daffodils'.

Photographs left to right, top to bottom:
Remains of the village of Mardale appear as the level of Haweswaterfallsl; Duchess of Sutherland climbing towards ShapSummit with a chartered train;
Windermere appears through the mist from High Street; Princess Elizabeth crosses Ribblehead Viaduct against a backdrop of Pen-y-Ghent
Duke of Gloucester with a chartered train at Dent; Rosgill near Haweswater; Settle-Carlisle Railway at Kirkby Stephen; Harter Fell
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Photographs left to right:
Kirkby Stephen Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally 2008 (an annual event held over the Easter weekend): Sentinel Steam Bus; West Yorkshire Bedford OB & Ribble 'White Lady'; Exeter Guy Arab; Burnley Leyland Tiger
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Despite the recent Government U-turn on proposls to sell-off all of the public-owned forests in England,
Lakeland's many Forestry Commission managed woods and forests are stil threatened under current legislation.
Click on the banner above for full details about the campaign to Save Lakeland's Forests,
or visit por sister site for further informations about woodland in the Lake District

Forestry commission woodland in the Eastern Fells region:

Eastern Fells
Broomrigg (Armathwaite - CA4)
Coombs Wood
(Armathwaite - CA4)
High Stand
(Armathwaite - CA4)


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