Things to do in Broughton-in-Furness
There's no shortage of things to do in Broughton-in-Furness. It is the ideal, tranquil base for exploring the coast, the rugged beauty of the Duddon Valley, and the nearby hills, including the little-known Dunnerdale Fells. The area is popular with walkers and climbers but also offers activities such as canoeing, horse-riding and, for the thrill-seekers out there, even skydiving.
Broughton-in-Furness is a pretty village with a cobbled Market Square, complete with a splendid Horse Chestnut tree, modelled on a London square of the 18th century. Traditional shops, pubs and homes, most of them Georgian, enclose the Square.
You will still find the village stocks and fish slabs here in Broughton-in-Furness, giving this historic market town a unique atmosphere and helping to make Broughton truly a hidden gem. The beauty of the Duddon Valley has been immortalised in the writings of poets William Wordsworth and Norman Nicholson. The village was home to Branwell Brontë, brother of the Brontë sisters, for a short time.
Broughton-in-Furness... Did you know?
The central obelisk in the town square was constructed to mark the Jubilee of King George III in 1810.
In Elizabethan times a charter was granted to hold fairs and the annual reading of the Charter takes place in the Square on 1st August each year.
The elegant Square was set out in 1760 by John Gilpin Sawrey, the Lord of the Manor, who lived at BroughtonTower, a large mansion just a short distance from the Square.
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