This station is now leased by the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust who have completely restored and refurbished it.
The station building is a wonderful example of Midland Railway architecture at its best, and was the only station on the line to have the luxury of a first class waiting room. As with many of the station areas, many of the buildings you see in the immediate vicinity were constructed by the railway company.
Kirkby Stephen is a small town in the Upper Eden Valley. It is a traditional market town of historic buildings, cobbled yards, quaint corners and interesting shops. Kirkby Stephen is remote from large towns and centres and has therefore developed a strong, self-sufficient identity and vibrant sense of community.
There is an excellent range of shops in Kirkby Stephen, enhancing the town for both locals and visitors. Shops for everyday needs such as grocers, bakers, butchers and newsagents. In addition there is a great selection of quaint, quirky shops that are individual, including antique shops, bookshops, and craft shops, gift shops and galleries where you will be spoilt for choice.
Kirkby Stephen has a great choice of places to eat and drink, including restaurants, cafes, tearooms, pubs and takeaways. Whatever you decide to do there is sure to be something to appeal to all tastes and budgets.
Kirkby Stephen is in the heart of breathtaking countryside, with miles and miles of footpaths and bridleways and thousands of acres of open access land. You can enjoy this just a few minutes from the town centre where you will discover Franks Bridge, situated over the river and surrounded by gorgeous scenery. You can take it a step further and do one of the classic fell walks, such as the Nine Standards Rig and routes in the Howgills are on the doorstep. Walking guides and leaflets are available from the Tourist Information Centre.
Kirkby Stephen East Heritage Centre is an old station with vintage locomotives, carriages and railway memorabilia the centre is open 10am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays with free parking and admission. Kirkby Stephen east formed a key junction with routes westward to Appleby, Penrith and to Tebay and eastward via Stainmore Summit and Barnard Castle, to Darlington.
Stenkrith Park is located just outside Kirkby Stephen, within walking distance from the town centre. Here the River Eden cuts through a narrow limestone gorge known as Coop Karnan or (The Devil’s Mustard Mill). The swift current has eroded fantastic rock forms and potholes in the hard brockram rock and is crossed by the spectacular Millennium Bridge, which was opened in 2002 and provides pedestrian access from the park to a walk along the old south Durham railway track.
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