In and Around Kirkby Lonsdale
Quick Facts about Kirkby Lonsdale
Population – 1,771 (2011)
District – South Lakeland
Landmarks – Devils Bridge, St Marys Church, Ruskin’s View
The beautiful market town of Kirkby Lonsdale is on the banks of the River Lune and is also situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and within easy reach of the Lake District; its beautiful setting is embodied by a glorious view up the Lune Valley from Ruskin’s View.
One of the smallest ‘towns’ in Cumbria, Kirkby Lonsdale enjoys a natural, unspoiled, rural environment which includes attractive byways and bridleways, along with footpaths and rights of way for those who favour outdoor pursuits.
Devil’s Bridge, which spans the Lune on the outskirts of the town, has its origins shrouded in mystery. It cannot be accurately dated, but is said to have been built by the Devil in exchange for the first soul to cross the bridge. His demand was thwarted when a dog was the first to use the bridge.
The town itself is compact, with a network of side roads, alleyways and pathways, many cobbled, leading from its main shopping area, where all but two or three premises are independently owned. The shops offer a wide range of goods from small souvenirs, designer clothing and antiques to major household furniture and furnishings.
The history of the town is hinted at in street names such as Jingling Lane and Salt Pie Lane. Its houses range from the most modern of the 21st Century back to the 18th Century’s elegant, spacious homes and smaller stone cottages.
What you must see in Kirkby Lonsdale
No matter where you go in Kirkby Lonsdale, you will find something of interest. Be sure to experience Ruskin’s View, described by the writer as one of the finest views ever, and painted for posterity by JMW Turner.
The 17th Century Sun Inn, in Market Street, is one of the oldest hostelries, with its unique, historic white pillars standing at the pavement edge.
Seek out the monument in the parish churchyard, commemorating the maids who died in a fire at the Rose and Crown Hotel in 1820.
Not forgetting the great choice of accommodation from hotels and family run b&b’s to self-catering cottages and campsites. Combined with its historic roots, Kirkby Lonsdale is an ideal place to spend your holiday. To view all the accommodation providers CLICK HERE
Did you know?
Peter Pan author JM Barrie was a regular visitor to Kirkby Lonsdale at the end of the nineteenth century and based the characters in the story on the vicar’s family.