The market town of Kirkby Stephen is situated at the head of the Eden Valley. Lying at 600 ft it is the highest town in the valley.
The Parish Church of Kirkby Stephen stands on the site of an ancient Saxon church and is known as the Cathedral of the Dales. Its relics include the carved Loki Stone which dates from the 8th century and is one of only two such stones in Europe.
Kirky Stephen is a popular centre for walkers on holiday in Cumbria with the Pennines and eastern Lake District in easy reach, and it is mid way on the Alfred Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk. It is also on the Cumbrian Cycle Way.
Kirkby Stephen is one of the stations on the Settle to Carlisle Railway. This 73 mile line runs through some of the most spectacular scenery in the north of England.
Towns Near Kirby Stephen To Visit - straight line distance:Appleby-in-Westmorland (9.20 miles) Hawes (13.22 miles) Middleton-in-Teesdale (14.97 miles)