Here are some suggestions for things to do in the area if you do not want to fish every day, are flooded off or have friends that are not fishing.
The Eden is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a precious landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them. The Eden Valley is a mix of beautiful green countryside, traditional market towns and attractive villages. The many farmers' markets offer the chance to sample local produce, including the Cumberland Sausage.
Carlisle, the Border City, is the main shopping centre in the northern half of Cumbria. There are many things to see and do, including the cathedral, castle, a great medieval fortress. Carlisle is the final destination of the most famous and scenic railway in England, the Settle to Carlisle Railway.
Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria and has a rich history. It is an important shopping centre, with a good mix of traditional shops and arcades. Leading off Penrith's main streets are many old yard entrances with interesting inscriptions on the lintels.
The Eden Gorge, between Lazonby and Armathwaite is one of Cumbria's best kept secrets, and is well worth exploring, on water, or on foot. Just south of Armathwaite, beside the river Eden, there are five carvings of faces in the sandstone cliff.
Mallerstang, are among England's few remaining wild and peaceful places, David Bellamy described this general area as "England's last Wilderness". Ten carved stone sculptures which act as welcome seats, situated on public paths along the length of the the River Eden from its source at Mallerstang to where it joins the sea at Rockcliffe, just north of Carlisle.
The Eden offers many outdoor activities including walking, horse riding and cycling (Coast to Coast cycle route passes through Penrith).