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On the eastern edge of the County of Cumbria, outside the national park boundaries, lies the rolling Eden Valley, which borders both the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you want hiking in beautiful open countryside with barely a soul in sight, this is the place for you. Several pleasant market towns and traditional villages, where farming, not tourism, is still the main industry, make excellent bases for exploring the area.

Squeezed between the Eden Valley in the east and the high hills of the Lake District in the West are the inviting Howgill Fells. These hills make excellent walking country and, on a clear day, offer views over both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.