The village of Winton is ideally located in the beautiful Upper Eden valley, which was formerly in the old county of Westmorland, but now in Cumbria. It is surrounded by a landscape of lush green beautiful rural scenery and wild uplands and offers breathtaking views in every direction from the Pennines to the Howgills and the distant Lakeland Fells.
Further down the Eden Valley is the market town of Appleby; famous for it’s annual Horse Fair, Appleby is a charming old market town with a Castle at the top of the main street, Boroughgate and St Lawrence’s Church at the bottom. A half hours drive away are the larger towns of Kendal and Penrith and the infamous Barnard Castle, with shops, restaurants and leisure facilities such as, Theatres, Cinemas and Sports Centres.
For Golfers there are courses at Appleby, Penrith, Keswick and two courses at Kendal, as well as the local Pay & Play Par 3 course at Ravenstonedale. For Fishermen there is the local River Eden and the nearby River Lune as well as the Bessy Beck Fish Farm at Newbiggin on Lune. Cyclists are well catered for via the many miles of country lanes offering fantastic views on route.
With so much to explore in the area you will never be short of something to do!
For walkers Kirkby Stephen is an ideal base and received the accolade of becoming Cumbria’s first “Walkers are Welcome” town. Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk passes right through the town and local fells such as Wild Boar Fell and Nine Standards Rigg provide an enjoyable day out. More strenuous walks can be found in the Lake District and the Howgills which are in easy reach.
For the less strenuous there is a 4 mile circular walk which takes in the majestic Merrygill and Podgill viaducts and gives fantastic views of the Eden Valley and is found on the old railway line between Kirkby Stephen and Hartley. There are also many walks along the local lanes; footpaths near the River Eden and at Smardale Nature Reserve.