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East of Eden  

East of Eden is a catchy way to describe the location of Melmerby, the starting point for a breezy four hour walk. On the main road from Penrith to Alston the village is at the foot of the Pennine escarpment, just a mile or so east of the River Eden. Parking is no problem around the village green. Start by heading south before turning off left on a road clearly aiming towards the hills. Generally this unmetalled road keeps a steady ascent to the final outbye gate and the rather offputtingly named 'Meikle Awfell'. Then our route sweeps left to traverse up to the sheepfold on Blea Scar. The ascent then becomes more gently threading through what the map worryingly called sink holes. But these were long filled in features that must in the distant past have pierced the gritstone. The views west from this open moorland are wonderful on a clear day with all the Lakeland fells being visible. The ascent to the top of Melmerby Fell is relatively featureless, so this is perhaps not a place to explore in mist as a compass bearing would be essential. Heading south our route comes upon the old Roman road, named as Maiden Way on OS maps. This was perhaps the medieval nickname for this route to the Roman base near Penrith.
Follow the faint route of this road as it descends westwards.After a mile veer off to the right and pass between two hillocks and drop down towards Fellside farm. The path keeps to the left alongside a stream valley eventually opening the way to the metalled road at Row. Turn right and common sense leads back north to Melmerby.

Other suggested walks:
Bow Tarn
High Street

Maiden Way Melmerby Fell

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