Kirkby Stephen

This tranquil linear route follows a permissive path running between Stenkrith Bridge and the village of Hartley along a disused railway line, which is owned and managed by the Northern Viaduct Trust. The predominantly flat surface makes for easy passage and provides ever-changing views down the Eden Valley to the North Pennines and their highest point at Cross Fell. The disused railway provides added interest along the route and a fascinating insight into the area's industrial past. 

Route Description

General information in relation to this route is outlined below and within the downloadable description. This will help users make an informed choice as to whether they feel it is within their physical capabilities (please click on the link below to view a download description and map of the route).

Distance: 3.5km return (2.2 miles)

Time to walk: 2 hours (approx)

Terrain: Mainly flat, crushed stone surface. 1:11 slope from the car park to the start of the route

Start Point: A small car park on the B6259, between Kirkby Stephen and Nateby. Space for approx 8 cars. (OS Grid Ref:  NY 772 074) 

Public Transport: Bus services 563 and 564 stop at the nearby Croglin Castle Hotel on the A685. These are not low floor vehicles and services are limited

Ordnance Survey Map: 19

Refreshments: There is a wide choice of refreshments available in nearby Kirkby Stephen

Public Conveniences: Public toilets (inc RADAR key) are located at Kirkby Stephen (1.5km away by road)

Tourist Information: Upper Eden Visitor Centre, Tel: 017683 71199,  Email: (check opening times via telephone or visit

Kirkby Stephen Route Leaflet (PDF 547kb)