Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.
Delightful market town situated in the beautiful Vale of Lune, south-east
Cumbria, an area much painted by Turner. “I do not know in all my own country,
still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine,” said the critic
and social theorist John Ruskin.
Nearer for southerners than you’d think. By car, they should head up the M6
to junction 36. By public transport, Intercity trains stop at Oxenholme (Euston
to Oxenholme takes three hours) and then it’s a 20-minute taxi or a slightly
longer bus journey to the town centre.
What so see
St Mary the Virgin, the Norman parish church (pictured below); Devil’s
Bridge, the 12th-century triple-arched bridge; Ruskin’s View, a panorama of the
Lune best seen from St Mary’s Churchyard. The pretty town centre boasts
wonderful Georgian buildings and a variety of independent shops.
Within 20 miles
You would need several weeks to see all the area has to offer.
There is the southern Lake District, with all its attractions; rivalling it for
beauty is Lancashire’s Trough of Bowland, a 300-square-mile Area of Outstanding
Cafés range from traditional teahouses, such as Victoria Plum and
the Bay Tree, to more upmarket newcomers: Sorrel & Thyme and Cariad. Hearty
meals are available in most pubs. If you are staying for the evening, you could
head with the fashionable crowd to Avanti, a restaurant and bar that would not
look out of place in London.
There’s too much to see in a day. Stay a few nights, using the town as a
base to explore the area. Local pubs offer comfortable accommodation; try the
Snooty Fox, the Orange Tree or the Sun Inn. A less expensive option is the
Copper Kettle bed and breakfast. At the end of your trip, take home crumbly
Lancashire cheese and home-made pies from the town’s butcher.
You won’t want to leave, and second homes are now too expensive even for
Tourist office, phone 015242 71437; visit