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  1. England
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  3. Getting here

Getting here

The River Eden is very easily reached by the UK's main trunk roads, being approximately 5 hours from London and 3 hours from Birmingham. The runs along the river and most of the beats are easily accessed from it. The Eden is easily accessible from the north, south and west as the river is located off the M6.

By road

All the rivers are easily accessible by car through the UK's network of motorways, and other major roads. The M6 motorway travels north through the centre of Cumbria. The A66 trunk route is the main route through Cumbria from East to West, from Scotch Corner to Workington. The AA Magazine has chosen the winding A686 road from Penrith in Cumbria to Corbridge in Northumberland, as one of their 'Ten Great Drives'.

Typical journey times by car to Penrith (approximate) from:

  • London - about 5.5 hours
  • Birmingham - about 3 hours
  • Manchester - about 2 hours
  • Newcastle - about 1.5 hours
  • Glasgow - about 2 hours


By train

The Rivers have excellent rail links, Typical journey times by train to Penrith (approximate) from:

  • London - about 3.5 hours
  • Birmingham - about 2.5 hours
  • Manchester - about 2 hours
  • Newcastle - about 2.5 hours
  • Glasgow - about 1.5 hours

The Settle Carlisle Railway runs through Eden, with trains stopping at stations at Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Langwathby, Lazonby and Armathwaite.

The river at Eden Lacy

The river at Eden Lacy


By air

If you are travelling by air the rivers are a couple of hours drive from the following airports.

  • Newcastle International Airport
  • Manchester Airport
  • Liverpool John Lennon Airport
  • Glasgow Airport

We recommend planning your journey using travel line north east information service. Travelline North East and Cumbria provides complete, impartial information about all public transport services - by bus, train, Metro and ferry. They cover journeys anywhere in North East England and Cumbria.

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