Walking Holidays at The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms in Temple Sowerby is ideally located in the Eden Valley and inbetween the North Pennines and beautiful Lake District National Park. We are surrounded by glorious countryside, lovely traffic-free country roads, awe inspiring lakes and fells and picturesque sleepy villages. There is a wealth of excellent walking, hiking and cycling routes in the area and we want all of our guests to get out and enjoy it!

To help you make the most of your stay at The Kings Arms, we offer packed lunches (which must be booked in advance), we have several of the guide books for the walks listed below available at the hotel and we have a drying room should you get caught out in the rain.

Long Walking Routes 

We have listed some of the popular long walks which pass through Temple Sowerby. If you are interested in completing one of these walks we would be an ideal one-night stop off along the way. We also recommend some good local walking holiday companies (see below) who will happily organise your walking holiday and even transport your luggage from one hotel to the next leaving you free to enjoy your walk and the beautiful landscape.

Lady Anne's Way

Lady Anne's Way is the classic long distance walk passing through some of Britain's most stunning scenery on its 100 mile journey from Skipton to Penrith. Starting at the magnificent Skipton Castle, the Way passes through the beautiful and popular Yorkshire Dales on its way into Cumbria and the hidden delights of the Upper Eden Valley.

The route was inspired by Lady Anne Clifford, that indomitable lady who owned vast estates in the old county of Westmorland during the seventeenth century. Lady Anne travelled repeatedly between her castles and the route takes in these once magnificent buildings, many now sadly in ruins.

Although originally devised and written as a six day walk, there is now a nine day alternative. This enables you to take things at a more leisurely pace and allows more time to visit places of interest en route. Of course, you can take as long as you like to do the Way - or just do an odd day!

For more informaiton on Lady Anne's Way please click here.

Settle Carlisle Way

The Settle to Carlisle Way is a recently developed route that runs from station to station, mostly within sight of the famous railway. It runs for 97 miles (156km), starting from Settle and soon enjoying great views of the Three Peaks as it progresses through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, past the Ribblehead Viaduct and over Blea Moor tunnel. Entering Cumbria via lonely Mallerstang, the Way passes beneath Wild Boar Fell and descends gently through lovely valley of the River Eden. Here it passes Long Meg and her Daughters stone circle and moves on to Armathwaite, ending in the historic border city of Carlisle.

Because the Way tends to stay close to the railway you are likely to hear or see trains at many points along the route and possibly in summer you may spot the Fellsman steam engine special to add atmosphere and excitement to your walk. The route is not waymarked, so it is essential to have the guidebook to complete this long distance path. It follows public footpaths, bridleways and country roads and includes sections of the Pennine Bridleway and the Ribble Way. The proximity of the railway increases flexibility in the ways in which the route can be walked. Although you may want to walk it as a continuous journey stopping at different places each night the railway allows for the Way to be walked as a series of day walks from a central base.

For more information on the Settle Carlisle Way please click here.

Short Walking Routes

If you are not on a walking holiday, but looking to enjoy a shorter walk during your stay at The Kings Arms Hotel then we have put together the following list for you to look through. These are all walks which you can easily do in a day or an afternoon (the distances are all given) some of them are a short drive away and others start and finish at the hotel itself. We hope that you will be able to find the perfect stroll to suit you.

Acorn Bank Walk

The National Trust property Acorn Bank House, renowned for its delightful gardens, herb and fruit orchards is just a 30 minute walk away from The Kings Arms Hotel in Temple Sowerby. The house dates back to the 13th century when it was orignally owned by the Knights Templar from who the village of Temple Sowerby got its name. The National Trust has come up with a walk from Temple Sowerby through the gardens of Acorn Bank House and into Newbiggin past the Church of St Edmund and Crowdundle Beck before heading back to Temple Sowerby. The walk is 3.2 miles long and will take roughly 1 and a half hours, for more information please click here.

Eden Valley Church Trails

Eden's natural beauty has helped to inspire a wealth of delightful church architecture spanning a thousand years. Penrith Tourist Information Centre's Eden Valley Church Trails take in some of the most fascinating aspects of the regions Christian heritage and at the same time, guide you through scenic countryside and picturesque villages which reveal the true character of this unspoiled corner of Cumbria.  

There are three different Eden Valley Church Trail routes all of which are inteneded to start from the historic market town of Penrith (just a 15 minute drive away from The Kings Arms Hotel). The routes include the following village churches; St Andrews in Penrith, Edenhall Church, Kirkland Church, St Augustine's in Alston, The Weleyan Methodist Chapel in Nenthead, Church of St Oswald in Kirkoswald, St Ninian's Church in Brougham, St Lawrence Church in Morland and many more churches which show the wide variety of architecture styles throughout the county.

For more information on the Eden Valley Church Trails please click here or visit Penrith Tourist Information Centre to pick up the route map leaflets.

Northern Viaduct Trust Walks

The Northern Viaducts Trust have restored three viaducts; Smardale, Merrygill and Podgill along the old track bed of the South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway 1857. The old track bed is now a lovely flat walk enriched with history as walkers can imagine the railway line that was once there. The walk includes signal box ruins and information signs which tell the story of the industry history and how the old railway would have been used. These walks are fascinating and a good way to relax on a sunny day. There are two different routes recommended by the Northern Viaducts Trust, one starting from the market town of Kirkby Stephen which goes over Podgill and Merrygill viaducts (5km / 3miles - approx. 1 hour and 30mins) and another from Smardale which goes over Smardale viaduct (7km / 4.25 miles - approx. 2 hour). Kirkby Stephen is about a 25 minute drive from Temple Sowerby and from there it is a further 10 minute drive to get to Smardale. Both walks are quite short and can easily be combined for those wanting a longer day's walk.

For more information about the NVT please click here, and for route details please click here.

Recommended Walking Holiday Providers

Absolute Escapes

Absolute Escapes is a leading specialist in self-guided walking holidays in the UK. They offer self-guided walking holidays on some of the finest long distance trails in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, including Lady Anne's Way.

For more information please click here.

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Guest comments

A selection of recent comments from our valued customers

December 2018

A Wonderful Hotel. Must recommend this hotel. Just checked out after a 3 night stay with my wife. Visited nearby locations such as Keswick, Grasmere and Windermere. This hotel is in a very good location for accessing the surrounding area. The hotel itself is 400 years old and is oozing character, it's warm & comfortable. We stayed during horrendous weather and the hotel was soooo nice to come back to especially it's open fire. Staff are polite, welcoming & helpful. I didn't give a 5 out of 5 because I very rarely do. Amsterdam is our next getaway
Tim T.
November 2018
Great for us and the dog! Returned here for B&B after living in the village 5 years ago. It has not changed. The staff as friendly as ever, the food was excellent both off the menu and the full english. We arrived in the afternoon and had a walk around the village with the dog before relaxing in our spacious room before dinner. Sat in the bar for food as had the dog but I think it had a great atmosphere with the locals and the open fire. Good value for money and definitely recommended.

Anne I.

November 2018

Beautiful surroundings for a quiet relaxing break, tasty food and wonderful staff. Lovely relaxing stay as part of a longer road trip. Comfy bar, lovely staff and tasty food!


Thursday 7th July 2016

My wife and I were just passing The Kings Arms tonight and decided to stop for food. We had the mushroom and haggis starter, I had the New York burger and my wife had the stir fried chicken. The food was excellent, as was the beer and the service; we will certainly return. The only negative was the size of the portions - we couldn't eat it all! Brilliant!

Tony C.

Sunday 26th June 2016

Enjoyed a two night stay here in a comfortable double room with en suite bathroom. The owners and staff were friendly and welcoming, we came with bikes to explore the area and were able to lock them up in a secure outhouse overnight. Our breakfasts and meals in the bar and restaurant in the evening were very good indeed!

Kevin C.

Thursday 9th June 2016

We used this little pub as a stop over en route from The Midlands to Loch Lomand, and it was a great little find. 
We had our dog with us and this really wasn't a problem. We were allowed to take him in the bar, where we had a lovely evening meal, and a table was set up for us in the bar area for breakfast (dogs are not allowed in the restaurant/breakfast room, nor are they allowed in rooms unattended)
We were in room 7, which faces the road at the front of the property. It is such a quiet little village that there was hardly any traffic to disturb us, nor was there any noise from the downstairs bar. The village itself is very pretty. The room was very traditionally decorated, clean and comfortable. 
A hearty breakfast and friendly hosts make this the perfect place to visit.

Family J.

Wednesday 25th May 2016

We stayed one night here in room 8. Our room was spacious and quiet. Our hostess was very attentive to our needs. We ate dinner in the bar and enjoyed a good quality pub meal in a cosy and friendly environment and a hearty English breakfast the next morning.

Tom W.

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Just arrived home from a 2 night stay with our dog at this fabulous establishment, management and staff were top notch, food and drink were superb, and the rooms were clean and comfortable. We could not have asked for any more and would recommend to anyone.
Thanks for a lovely stay

Michael E.