For Christmas I received a book about the Eden Valley, so when possible I’ve been exploring the area.  I’ve visited some of the places near the mouth of the river, but last week I went to Armathwaite, a village which straddles the Eden.  Maybe straddle is not the right word as most to the buildings lie on the west bank.

I’d chosen a dry but very muddy day, so my walking was confined to a couple of miles of quiet roads.  It is a beautiful village with a station on the Carlisle/Settle Railway, two shops, two pubs and a lovely church.  Situated in nearby Coombs Wood is one of the ten carved sculptures along the length of the Eden.  I didn’t find it, the mud was too deep.

Carol, an Armathwatie visitor.