Round & about

The Locality

The pods enjoy great views over the Eden Valley to the Pennines rising to Cross Fell 2930 feet (893m) the highest point in England outside the Lake District. The site enjoys abundant bird life and we frequently see greater spotted wood peckers and nut hatches at our feeders. We occasionally see red squirrels.
We can offer walking guide books, maps and the benefit of our experience. We are keen to do everything we can to encourage guests to enjoy the beauty of the area and all it has to offer. We can recommend the local pubs the Fox and Pheasant and Dukes Head in Armathwaite, and the Greyhound at Cotehill. Local produce may be available to buy supporting neighbouring producers. We can recommend the village shop in Armathwaite where Bob can supply a good range of groceries. Next to the Greyhound in Cotehill a small village shop has recently opened. The Eden valley attracts artists and craft specialists and there are exhibitions from time to time.
Local walks include the two large areas of Forestry Commission land.

High Stand Woods

High Stand Woods is 200 yards from Eden Brows. It is 250 hectares and has many tracks, paths and ponds. It is home to a variety of wildlife including deer and squirrels including a few reds. For the treasure hunters there are 5 geocaches hidden in the woods, these can be found by following the geocache app instructions.

Coombs woods

Coombs woods is about 3 miles from Eden Brows accessed from the bridge over the Eden at Armathwaite. Most of the forest is a Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site PAWS. There are lovely walks along the river or you can complete a circular walk starting at one of the pubs in Armathwaite.

In addition, there are good walks along the River Eden to Armathwaite and Wetheral. The Eden Valley and the Pennines offer a range of longer walks which offer spectacular scenery and receive few visitors.


Croglin Fell 567.0 m (1860 ft) is a remote Pennine Fell with great views of the Lake District fells. The fell takes its name from the quiet fellside settlement of Croglin. The place is synonymous with a bizarre tale of a Croglin vampire claimed to have attacked a woman staying at Croglin Grange in the 19th Century.


Melmerby Fell 709m / 2326ft. A quiet rarely trodden gem with great views to Cross Fell and the Eden Valley and the Lake District. Melmerby is well known for its fine pub – The Shepherds Inn and its village bakery.

Cross Fell

At 2,930 feet (893 m) Cross Fell is the highest point in the Peninnes. Snow can be found in gullies on the north side of Cross Fell as late as May in most years. The Helm wind is an intense local weather phenomenon originating from Cross Fell. It is the only named wind in the British Isles.

High Cup Nick

Starting in Dufton a truly epic walk culminating in one of the greatest geological features in all of England. A deep chasm on the Pennine fell side with grey-blue dolerite columns lining the rim.