|A drive around Penrith and the unspoilt Eden Valley that features a number of historic buildings and prehistoric monuments. The scenic and gently undulating route also leads through some lovely old sandstone built villages, typical of this area.|
|Summary of main attractions on route (click on name for detail)|
|Distance||Attraction||Car Park Coordinates|
|0 miles||Penrith||N 54.66496, W 2.75523|
|2.2 miles||Rheged Visitor Centre||N 54.64782, W 2.78089|
|4.1 miles||Dalemain House & Gardens||N 54.63466, W 2.80809|
|6.4 miles||Dacre Village||N 54.63187, W 2.83961|
|10.4 miles||Greystoke Village||N 54.66991, W 2.86841|
|14.8 miles||Hutton-In-The-Forest||N 54.71708, W 2.83822|
|22.1 miles||Eden Bridge picnic site||N 54.75544, W 2.70107|
|24.0 miles||Lacy's Caves||N 54.74881, W 2.67643|
|25.3 miles||St Michael's Church||N 54.73828, W 2.66210|
|26.2 miles||Little Meg Stone Circle||N 54.73102, W 2.65655|
|27.2 miles||Long Meg Stone Circle||N 54.72735, W 2.66714|
|28.4 miles||Little Salkeld Watermill||N 54.71680, W 2.67440|
|35.8 miles||Acorn Bank||N 54.64710, W 2.60235|
|41.2 miles||Brougham Castle||N 54.65446, W 2.71662|
|42.2 miles||Brougham Hall||N 54.64831, W 2.73221|
|42.6 miles||King Arthur's Round Table||N 54.64810, W 2.73927|
|43.0 miles||Mayburgh Henge||N 54.64722, W 2.74519|
|45.0 miles||Penrith||N 54.66496, W 2.75523|
Distance: 0 miles Location: Penrith, Bluebell Lane car park Coordinates: N 54.66496, W 2.75523
|Market Square, Penrith|
Travelling:Leave the car park and at the T junction turn left up the hill. Soon pass Booths supermarket on the right and Morrisons supermarket on the left. Take the second exit at the Morrisons mini-roundabout then very shortly, third exit at the next mini-roundabout. Pass Penrith Castle immediately on the left and carry on along the A592 towards the M6. After approx 0.4 miles pass Cranstons food store on the right and take the first exit at the following mini-roundabout. This soon leads to traffic lights at the giant M6/A66 roundabout. The right lanes are marked ‘A66W’ and you can follow these to take the third exit which is the A66 towards Keswick. The dual carriageway A66 leads for approx 0.8 miles, passing a Little Chef, Burger King and Travelodge on the left, to reach another big roundabout. The first exit leads to the Rheged Visitor Centre.
Distance: 2.2 miles Location: Rheged Visitor Centre Coordinates: N 54.64782, W 2.78089
|Rheged Visitor Centre|
Travelling:Return to the A66 roundabout where you take the first exit which is the A592 towards Ullswater. After approx 0.7 miles on the right is the Alpaca Centre specialising in all things Alpaca. Continue on the A592 for approx 0.8 miles until a signposted private road on the right takes you to Dalemain House.
Distance: 4.1 miles Location: Dalemain House & Gardens Coordinates: N 54.63466, W 2.80809
Travelling:Return to the A592 and turn right towards Ullswater. The road runs alongside the River Eamont and you can see the hills surrounding Ullswater in the distance. After approx 1 mile, take the first right turn, signposted to Dacre. After approx 0.8 miles there is a small layby on the right alongside Dacre Beck where there is a picnic table adjacent to the river. Continue driving over the road bridge where you enter the village of Dacre. Drive up the hill passing through the village until you reach the Horse & Farrier pub on the left. There is roadside parking opposite the pub.
Distance: 6.4 miles Location: Dacre Village Coordinates: N 54.63187, W 2.83961
|St Andrew's Church, Dacre|
Travelling:Continue up the hill leaving the village behind. After approx 0.8 miles the road meets the main A66 at a T junction. Turn left towards Keswick on the A66 which is dual carriageway. After approx 0.8 miles, take the right turn towards Greystoke just before the end of the dual carriageway. Follow the narrow road through pleasant farmland for just over 1.5 miles to a T junction where you turn right on the B5288. Shortly, enter the village of Greystoke and continue to the village green on the left. Beyond this the main road bears right and the village car park is a short distance on the right.
Distance: 10.4 miles Location: Greystoke Village car park Coordinates: N 54.66991, W 2.86841
|Greystoke Village Green|
Travelling:Leaving the village car park, turn left towards the village green, then immediate right towards Blencow. Beyond Greystoke, soon pass the impressive Blencowe Hall on the left, a castellated manor house which is now holiday rental accommodation. The small village of Blencow is just beyond with its pretty village green and riverside access. Continue for approx 1.8 miles, with some far reaching views towards the Pennine hills, to enter the village of Unthank and shortly meet a T junction with the B5305 where you turn right towards Penrith. After approx 0.3 miles, the entrance to Hutton-In-The-Forest is signposted on the right.
Distance: 14.8 miles Location: Hutton-In-The-Forest Coordinates: N 54.71708, W 2.83822
Travelling:Continue on the B5305 towards Penrith. After approx 0.5 miles, take the left turn signposted to Plumpton. This road soon crosses the M6 motorway before entering the village of Plumpton. At the far end of the village is a cross roads with the main A6. Go straight across the A6 on the B6413 towards Lazonby. Continue for approx 3 miles on the elevated open road with good views of the Pennines ahead, before the road descends towards Lazonby and soon enters the village. Continue through the village, passing the entrance to Lazonby & Kirkoswald railway station on the left just before a small supermarket on the right and the Midland Hotel pub on the left. Pass under the Settle to Carlisle railway and beyond on the left is the imposing St Nicholas's Church. Continue down through the village, past the Joiners Arms on the left, to a sharp left turn in the road where you meet the River Eden. On the right at this bend is Lazonby heated open air swimming pool which is open to the public in season. The road continues a short distance alongside the river until you reach Eden Bridge picnic site on the right.
Distance: 22.1 miles Location: Eden Bridge picnic site Coordinates: N 54.75544, W 2.70107
|Eden Bridge picnic site|
Travelling:Continue on the B6413 over the narrow Eden Bridge and soon enter the village of Kirkoswald. As the road begins to climb you pass the entrance gate to St Oswald's Church which has a lovely old approach avenue and is in a peaceful setting. On the hill above the church is a completely separate bell tower which can be reached via the stile and track beyond the churchyard. Kirkoswald is a pretty little village with attractive red sandstone buildings and is worth a wonder around. There are also a couple of pubs for refreshments. Back on the road, beyond the church you take the first right towards Glassonby. Continue for approx 1 mile until the road descends to a dip and crosses Glassonby Beck. Immediately beyond the bridge is a small layby on the right from where you can walk to Lacy's Caves.
Distance: 24.0 miles Location: Lacy's Caves Coordinates: N 54.74881, W 2.67643
Travelling:Continue on the minor road which is narrow in places and climbs away from the river for approx 1 mile to the small village of Glassonby. The road bears right and you continue to climb up through the village. Just beyond the village the road levels out and there is an isolated farm building on the right. Immediately beyond this you can turn right to St Michael’s Church, a short distance down the dead end road.
Distance: 25.3 miles Location: St Michael & All Angels Church, Addingham Coordinates: N 54.73828, W 2.66210
|St Michael & All Angels Church|
Travelling:Return to the minor Glassonby road and turn right. The road soon bears sharply right and continues for approx 0.3 miles to the end of a wide grass verge and stone wall on the right where you can park before two gates. Although there is no signpost, the second gate allows access to Little Meg stone circle.
Distance: 26.2 miles Location: Little Meg Stone Circle Coordinates: N 54.73102, W 2.65655
|Little Meg Stone Circle|
Travelling:Continue down the long straight road, with good distant views, for approx 0.7 miles to a crossroads where you turn right, signposted to Long Meg. The narrow dead end road soon bears right, crosses a cattle grid and reaches Long Meg stone circle.
Distance: 27.2 miles Location: Long Meg And Her Daughters Stone Circle Coordinates: N 54.72735, W 2.66714
|Long Meg And Her Daughters|
Travelling:Retrace your steps back to the road junction where you turn right and descend towards the village of Little Salkeld. Soon enter the small village and continue to a dip in the road where there is a bridge over Robberby Water. Just before the bridge on the left is Little Salkeld Watermill.
Distance: 28.4 miles Location: Little Salkeld Watermill Coordinates: N 54.71680, W 2.67440
|Little Salkeld Watermill|
Travelling:Continue past the village and under the Settle to Carlisle railway line again. After approx 1 mile, enter the village of Langwathby. There is an attractive and large village green which is overlooked by the small village store, St Peter's church and The Shepherds Inn. The road then joins the main A686 where you turn left. Very shortly there is a crossroads where you turn right on the B6412 towards Culgaith. Continue for approx 3 miles on the good open road following the railway line to the village of Culgaith. Enter the village and bear left to pass the Black Swan Inn on the left and then All Saints Church on the right. The road continues through the village, bearing right before dropping steeply downhill to cross the Settle to Carlisle railway at a level crossing. Adjacent is a traditional old signal box. Just beyond this on the right is Hazel Dene garden centre with shop and tearoom. Continue on the B6412 for approx 0.7 miles to a dip where the road crosses Crowdundale Beck. Immediately beyond the bridge, take the left turn towards Newbiggin and in a further 0.3 miles a left turn leads in to Acorn Bank.
Distance: 35.8 miles Location: Acorn Bank Coordinates: N 54.64710, W 2.60235
|Acorn Bank House|
Travelling:Return to the B6412 junction and turn left. Shortly come to a junction with the old A66 road and turn right to cross the River Eden. The new A66 is nearby and is dual carriageway, built to bypass the nearby village of Temple Sowerby. Continue past the bridge for approx 0.5 miles, where you can take the second left turn to the A66 towards Penrith. Alternatively, just beyond this turning on the right are Winderwath Gardens which are lovely privately owned gardens open to the public from March to October (closed Sundays). Continue on the busy A66 for just over 3 miles, passing Center Parcs holiday village and then the Llama Karma Kafe, both on the left. Just before the road becomes dual carriageway again, take the left turn which is the B6262 towards Brougham Castle. Very shortly turn right at a crossroads and Brougham Castle is ahead on the left.
Distance: 41.2 miles Location: Brougham Castle Coordinates: N 54.65446, W 2.71662
Travelling:Return to the B6262 junction and turn right. Continue for approx 0.8 miles to Brougham Hall on the left. Parking is on the right, opposite the main entrance.
Distance: 42.2 miles Location: Brougham Hall Coordinates: N 54.64831, W 2.73221
|Brougham Hall inner courtyard|
Travelling:Continue on the B6262 and shortly reach a T junction with the A6 where you turn right towards Penrith. The road immediately crosses the River Lowther and just beyond on the left is King Arthur's Round Table. Parking is in the layby on the right.
Distance: 42.6 miles Location: King Arthur's Round Table Coordinates: N 54.64810, W 2.73927
|King Arthur's Round Table|
Travelling:Continue on the A6 where you immediately meet a mini-roundabout. Turn left here on the B5320 towards Pooley Bridge and in a short distance take the second right turn towards Mayburgh Henge. On the left just after the turn is the Eden Millennium Monument which is a 50 tonne block of granite placed to commemorate the Eden Millennium Festival in 2000. Continue a short distance along this road to a layby parking area on the left, just where the road bears sharply right. Mayburgh Henge is approx 100m further along the road on the right.
Distance: 43.0 miles Location: Mayburgh Henge Coordinates: N 54.64722, W 2.74519
Travelling:Return to the mini-roundabout at the A6 junction and turn left towards Penrith. Immediately pass the Crown Hotel and the Beehive Inn and continue through the village of Eamont Bridge and over the River Eamont on the old narrow bridge with traffic lights. Before the M6 was built, this bridge was on the main route to Scotland and used to cause horrendous traffic jams but it’s a lot less busy now. Shortly you meet a big busy roundabout which is the A66/A6 junction. Take the second exit following the A6 and enter Penrith town. Continue approx 0.7 miles to the market square where the road bears left and up the hill. At the top of the hill is the mini-roundabout adjacent to the Castle which featured at the start of the drive. Take the second exit and then second exit at the following Morrisons mini-roundabout. Drop down the hill a short distance and Bluebell Lane car park is signposted on the right.
Distance: 45.0 miles Location: Penrith, Bluebell Lane car park Coordinates: N 54.66496, W 2.75523