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The village of Langwathby is located on the eastern side of the River Eden, about four miles north-east of Penrith. Although it does have a large and pretty village green with a pub beside it, most visitors catch only a fleeting glimpse as they pass through either on the Settle to Carlisle Railway or the A686. The latter links Penrith with Northumberland, and has been lauded as one of the most scenic roads in the country. Having climbed the Pennines’ west-facing escarpment in a series of hairpin bends, it reaches a high point of 1903ft (580m) at Hartside Pass.

Long Meg and Her Daughters stone circle and the village of Little Salkeld are located just to the north of Langwathby.