Things to do in Kirkby Lonsdale
Sitting snugly between the idyllic Lake District and the rugged Yorkshire Dales, Kirkby Lonsdale is 'an eclectic mix of jolly tearooms, inviting pubs and small, independent shops, treasure-troves' to be explored. Among the many things to do in and around Kirkby Lonsdale are the breathtaking views to be seen up the Lune Valley from Ruskin's View. You can visit the fine Norman church, St Mary's, with its pretty churchyard and unusual carvings, or follow the river to the 14th century Devil’s Bridge.
Kirkby Lonsdale's town centre is a delightful mix of elegant 18th century buildings and stone cottages huddled around cobbled courtyards and narrow alleyways. Traditional butchers, bakers and ‘the best independent cheese shop in the UK' (2007) jostle alongside designer jewellery, fashion and home décor outlets. Kirkby Lonsdale is a hive of activity, hosting a great calendar of local events, a weekly market held on Thursdays and a monthly farmers’ market where you can pick up fabulous produce grown or sourced locally. Traditional coffee shops and tearooms nestle between stylish shops and vintage antique dealers; award-winning Kirkby Lonsdale bars and restaurants sit alongside tempting delis – all within the stunning landscape of the Lune Valley.
Surrounding Kirkby Lonsdale is a rolling landscape of winding lanes and fields bordered by high hedges and dry stone walls. The broad valley of the Lune contains Casterton, the settlement by a Roman fort, dominated by the prestigious public school.
Kirkby Lonsdale... Did you know?
The Brontë Sisters attended a school for clergymen's daughters at Cowan Bridge in 1824-25. The school later moved to Casterton in 1833 and became Casterton School. In Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, the village school was the setting for ‘Lowood' and Kirkby Lonsdale became ‘Lowton'.
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.
Kirkby Lonsdale and some of its residents starred in the BBC adaptation of Jamaica Inn, which was screened in Spring 2014. Parts of Kirkby Lonsdale were transformed to look like 1820s Cornwall: horses, carriages and wagons rolled into the small market town for the three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel.
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