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Eden, Cumbria

For the district in South Africa, see Eden District Municipality.
Eden District
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Cumbria
Founded 1 April 1974
Admin. HQ Penrith
 • Type Eden District Council
 • Leadership: Alternative - Sec.31
 • Executive: Conservative / Independent
 • MPs: Rory Stewart
 • Total 827 sq mi (2,142 km2)
Area rank 8th
Population ()
 • Total 52,500
 • Rank Ranked 318th
 • Density 63/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 16UF (ONS)
E07000030 (GSS)
Ethnicity 99.6% White

Eden is a local government district in Cumbria, England. Its council is based in Penrith. It is named after the River Eden which flows north through the district toward Carlisle.

It has an area of 2,156 km², making it (since 2009) the eighth largest district in England and the largest non-unitary district. It also has the lowest population density of any district in England and Wales, with a mean of just 25 persons per square kilometre.[1] In 2011, the population was 5% above its 2001 level.[1] The district council was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, from the Penrith urban district, Alston with Garrigill Rural District and Penrith Rural District, all in Cumberland, and Appleby Municipal Borough, part of Lakes urban district and North Westmorland Rural District, all in Westmorland.

Part of the Lake District National Park is in the district.

The West Coast Main Railway Line runs through the district but with only one station at Penrith. Services on this line are provided by Virgin Trains and First Transpennine Express. The Northern Rail Settle-Carlisle Railway also goes through the district and has stations at Armathwaite, Lazonby, Langwathby, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen.

Road transport links are provided by the M6 motorway, the A6 and the A66.


Below is a list of the wards that form Eden:

* = denotes wards represented by 2 councillors; all others have 1 except for Penrith North which has 3

Sports and recreation

In Eden there are King George's Fields, in memorial to King George V, at Appleby and Patterdale.

The council is the owner of the Penrith Leisure Centre which is run by a private company under contract. The council also owns a number of playing fields and recreation grounds throughout the district most notably the sports pitches at Frenchfield on the outskirts of Penrith.


Coordinates: 54°40′00″N 2°45′16″W / 54.6667°N 2.7544°W / 54.6667; -2.7544

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