introduction to kirkby lonsdale...
The picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale on the banks of the River Lune is ideally located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and within easy reach of the Lake District; its attractive setting epitomised by the glorious view up the Lune Valley from Ruskin's View.
The centre is a pleasing mix of elegant 18th-century buildings and stone cottages huddled around cobbled courtyards and narrow alleyways with evocative names such as Salt Pie Lane and Jingling Lane. Traditional butchers, bakers and ‘the best independent cheese shop in the UK' (2007) jostle alongside designer jewellery, fashion and home décor outlets. Nearby, St Mary's Church presides over the ‘Rainbow Parish' - an ecclesiastical area that includes ‘daughter' churches at Barbon, Casterton, Hutton Roof, Lupton, Mansergh, Middleton and Preston Patrick.
Surrounding the town is a rolling landscape of winding lanes and verdant green 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 a prestigious public school. To the north is Barbon, a cluster of houses next to a tumbling beck and the venue for car and motorcycle hill climbs. Further up the Lune Valley is Middleton, a scattered community with an ancient hall in its midst. To the west is rolling farmland around Lupton, Mansergh and Old Town leading up to the prominent limestone outcrops of Hutton Roof.