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APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND

The ancient market town and royal borough of Appleby, in the heart of the Eden Valley, is the focal point for many outlying villages and hamlets. Its traditional shops and indoor market provide for every requirement, whilst the riverside is perfect for a casual stroll or picnic. For the more energetic there is an indoor swimming pool, gym and fully equipped sports centre.

To the east lies the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cross Fell is the highest point on the Pennines at 893 metres (2930 ft) with the distinctive conical peaks of Knock, Dufton and Murton pikes jutting up from the edge.

The valley floor is occupied by the Eden River and its tributaries. The Romans marched through this valley between Carlisle and Brough, whilst the Vikings were drawn to the rich grazing lands around the river and founded the first settlements of Temple Sowerby, Bolton, Appleby, Great Ormside and Sandford.

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Crake Trees Manor

Crake Trees Manor

Farmhouse with 4 rooms, £70-£120 prpnb

The Shepherds Hut in the meadow

Shepherds Hut

Glamping with 1 unit, £65-£90 pupn sleeps 1-2

Milburn Grange Holiday Cottages

Milburn Grange Holiday Cottages

Self-catering with 7 units, £320-£600 pupw sleeps 1-7

Kirkby Thore Hall

Kirkby Thore Hall

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £43-£47 pppnb

Appleby Castle

Appleby Castle

Guest Accommodation with 18 rooms, £197-£450 pppnb, £150-£490 prpnb

Sycamore House

Fellside Cottages

Self-catering with 4 units, £635-£1965 pupw sleeps 1-10

Dunkeld Cottage

Dunkeld Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £295-£495 pupw sleeps 1-4

Temple Sowerby House Hotel & Restaurant

Temple Sowerby House Hotel & Restaurant

Country House Hotel with 12 rooms, £145-£165 prpnb

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Culture and Heritage

Appleby-in-Westmorland, Town Centre
St Lawrence's Church, Appleby-in-Westmorland
Appleby-in-Westmorland Castle

The double-ringed Oddendale Stone Circle and other prehistoric cairns can be found on the limestone plateau to the south-west of Crosby Ravensworth, as well as evidence of Iron Age settlements. At Ewe Close there are traces of a Romano-British settlement - one of the finest in northwest England - comprising a series of hut circles and enclosure walls.

During the 9th century, Viking settlers arrived in the Eden Valley and probably established the first homestead near Bongate in Appleby  and at many other places along the Eden and its tributaries. The Normans recognised the advantages of overlooking an important river crossing at Appleby and built the defensive stone keep of Appleby Castle on a high vantage point.

The Clifford family took over the castle in the 13th century and held it for the next 400 years. Extensive renovations were made in the 17th century by Lady Anne Clifford in 1651. After her death, the castle passed to the Earl of Thanet who re-faced the building. The castle is still open for tours, weddings, functions and conferences.

Appleby is an ancient royal borough and was the county town of Westmorland until government boundary reorganisations in 1974 swept away the old counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and parts of Lancashire to create Cumbria. Its high status is evident in the elegant uphill sweep of its tree-lined main street (Boroughgate) from the Norman church of St Lawrence at the bottom to the defensive Norman castle at the top. In places are narrow defensive lanes called ‘wiends' that could be closed off in times of danger.

Appleby developed early as a market town to sell produce from the surrounding rural area. The strong tradition of milk, butter and cheese production led to the establishment of the Appleby Express Creamery in 1931. The bull tethering ring, which can still be seen between Low Cross and the Moot Hall, was last used in 1812. Further along, the old County Gaol incarcerated prisoners for various misdeeds. Prisoners were made to work for their keep by grinding malt for the brewery and pumping water. A treadmill was uncovered here by Channel 4's Time Team in 2003. Gallows Hill (now known as Fair Hill) was the site for public hangings, the last being in 1829.

 

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