I don't fly!
What about those of us who don't fly?
That's not a problem. The Eden Valley is full of interesting places to see and things to do. We've listed just a few interesting towns and villages around the Eden Valley and Carlisle.
Close to the gliding club there are many public footpaths and walks of all lengths to be had. The local shop at Langwathby will have booklets on walks in the local area.
If you intend to tackle the Pennines please leave word with someone as to where you intend to go and for how long and stick to that. Mountain Rescue operate in the area and will be able to find you if you have not returned on time!
Carlisle has a very interesting museum (Tullie House) with a unique Pre-Raphaelite collection, and an impressive castle. You can visit Hadrian's Wall and Roman villas at various places between Carlisle and Newcastle.
Newcastle is a great city for shops and site seeing, just one and a half hours country drive over Hartside (Melmerby) to Alston and through Hexham. A beautiful drive with no large lorries. You will have the Metro centre and Ikea to name a few, wet day, shops to visit.
"There's plenty to see and do in Cumbria."
Alston has a narrow gauge railway and historic town. The town has been a film set for period dramas.
Penrith is a market town with coffee shops, camera shop, gift shops ,traditional tailors and deli, and a good bookshop. Local craft shops and the usual banks and food store too.
Culgaith has a garden centre which sells newspapers and other food items. Ullswater is a quiet lake with some sailing and several foootpaths on the south side.
Pooley Bridge is a place to drive to catch the boat to sail on Ullswater, pleasant to take the boat to Howtown and walk back or just take the boat for the day and visit all the stops. Dress up warm as its always cold on the water. The views are wonderful. There's also horse riding with lots of trekking spots around Ullswater.