Cycling in the Eden Valley - Routes and Information
The River Eden flows northwards from its source in the Yorkshire Dales, reaching the coast on the Solway Firth over 80 miles later. The Eden weaves its course through a wide variety of terrain and the broad Eden Valley that borders the river covers a huge area of rolling countryside with a superb network of quiet country lanes linking idyllic villages, lively market towns and stunning natural sights. There’s no better way to enjoy what the area has to offer than by bike and we want to help everyone to enjoy the superb scenery on two wheels.
The Eden Valley is also criss-crossed by long-distance cycle routes including the Coast to Coast, Pennine Cycleway, Lands End to John o’Groats and the superb new Lakes and Dales Loop, and you could also ride the entire length of the valley on our Eden Source to Sea cycling trip.
Although a valley, the terrain is best described as ‘rolling’ with low hills linked by long flat sections and gentle inclines, providing cyclists with a variety of gradients and changing panoramas. The landscape is certainly not as mountainous as the neighbouring Lake District, but a reasonable level of cycling fitness is necessary to enjoy some of the longer day rides.