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Kirkby Lonsdale

The town, which sits above the River Lune, which boasts good salmon and trout fishing, is a tourist destination in its own right, but also serves as a gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. 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.

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.

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Number 43 guest lounge

Number 43

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £99-£185 prpnb

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

Hotel with 99 rooms, £116-£221 prpnb

Sun Inn

Sun Inn

Restaurant with Rooms with 11 rooms, £45-£140 pppnb

Wood Burner

Jasmine Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£575 pupw sleeps 1-5

Knott View Barn

Knott View Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £765-£1995 pupw sleeps 1-11

The Glen

The Glen

Guest House with 6 rooms, £80-£115 prpnb

Coachman's Cottage living area

The Old Stables

Self-catering with 3 units, £195-£580 pupw sleeps 1-6

Millers Beck open plan kitchen

Millers Beck Self Catering

Self-catering with 2 units, £320-£450 pupw sleeps 2-4

Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

Self-catering with 2 units, £319-£479 pupw sleeps 4

Stonecross Manor Hotel

Stonecross Manor Hotel

Hotel with 30 rooms, £50-£140 pppnb

Millers Beck Country Guest House lounge

Millers Beck Country Guest House

Guest House with 4 rooms, £50-£82 prpnb

Hipping Hall

Hipping Hall

Country House Hotel with 15 rooms, £209-£380 prpn

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

Inn with 9 rooms, £30-£70 pppnb

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

Individual Caravan with 2 units, £275-£375 pupw sleeps 4

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £330-£395 pupw sleeps 4-5

The Willowfield Lounge

The Willowfield

Guest Accommodation with 10 rooms, £43-£98 prpnb

Ghyll Stile Mill Cottage

Ghyll Stile Mill Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £0-£591 pupw sleeps 1-5

Panelled Room

Horse Market B&B

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £75-£100 prpnb

Farletonview Caravan Site

Farletonview Caravan Site

Touring Park with 6 pitches, £20 ptpn

Helm Mount Barns

Helm Mount Barns

Self-catering with 3 units, £550-£3380 pupw sleeps 6-14

Birslack Grange Cottage

Birslack Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £270-£350 pupw sleeps 1-2

The Villa, Levens

The Villa, Levens

Hotel with 22 rooms, £90 prpnb

Things to do

What's on

Surrounding Area

Barbon Village, Kirkby Lonsdale
Casterton, Kirkby-Lonsdale
Middleton, Kirkby-Lonsdale

Culture and Heritage

Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
Town, Kirkby Lonsdale
Woodland, Kirkby-Lonsdale
Early signs of occupation in the area are indicated by the presence of a Neolithic stone circle on Casterton Fell and remains of Celtic settlements at Barbon, Middleton and Hutton Roof.

During the Roman occupation, a Roman road followed the course of the river Lune, linking the forts at Low Borrow Bridge (near Tebay) and Over Burrow (south of Kirkby Lonsdale). A Roman milestone unearthed in 1836 and described as ‘the best in the country' was re-erected on a hill near Hawkin Hall (SD 623 859), close to where it was found.

Kirkby Lonsdale developed at a crossing point over the River Lune where several drovers and packhorse routes converged and is one of the few Cumbrian towns mentioned in the Domesday Book, where it is described as Cherchibi (village with a church). The earlier church was wholly rebuilt by the Normans, who also erected an artificial mound or motte on nearby glebe land. A wooden tower or ‘keep' would have been built on the top and the stronghold used as a base to administer power and control over the surrounding area. In later years, the mound was used for cockfighting, hence the current name of Cockpit Hill. In 1093, Ivo de Taillebois (the Baron of Kendal), gifted the church at Kirkby Lonsdale to St Mary's Abbey in York, who held it until the Dissolution. Thereafter, the Abbey and all its possessions including St Mary's Church at Kirkby Lonsdale were granted to Trinity College, Cambridge who retain patronage to this day.

Devil's Bridge is medieval bridge spanning the River Lune on three graceful arches is superbly crafted with ribbed and fluted masonry.

Legend has it that many years ago, before there was a bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale, an old woman lived on the banks of the Lune and kept a few animals. One night her cow strayed across to the other side of the river and would not come back. In response to her predicament, the Devil appeared and promised to build a bridge by morning in exchange for a soul, the first to cross the bridge, thinking that it would be the woman herself. By morning the bridge was complete and the old woman agreed to fulfil her part of the bargain. She delved into her bag and threw a bun across the bridge, whereupon her small dog ran over to retrieve it. The devil, in a fit of rage at being thwarted, howled in anger and vanished leaving behind a smell of burning brimstone (sulphur).
Town, Kirkby Lonsdale
Llamas, Kirkby-Lonsdale

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