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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 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. 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.

Book Your Stay

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal

Hotel with 99 rooms, £91-£700 prpnb

Knott View Barn

Knott View Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £780-£1995 pupw sleeps 1-11

Number 43 guest lounge

Number 43

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

Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

Self-catering with 2 units, £329-£490 pupw sleeps 4

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

Individual Caravan with 2 units, £295-£385 pupw sleeps 4

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £335-£475 pupw sleeps 4-5

Coachman's Cottage living area

The Old Stables

Self-catering with 3 units, £275-£580 pupw sleeps 1-6

Barbon Hill Pod

Woodclose Caravan Park

Self-catering with 11 units, £32-£85 pupn sleeps 2-5

Birslack Grange Cottage

Birslack Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £280-£370 pupw sleeps 1-2

The Malabar

The Malabar

Bed & Breakfast with 6 rooms, £160-£240 prpnb

Sun Inn

Sun Inn

Restaurant with Rooms with 11 rooms, £45-£188 pppnb

The Glen exterior

The Glen

Guest House with 6 rooms, £85-£155 prpnb

Wood Burner

Jasmine Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £399-£647 pupw sleeps 1-5

Long Room & Bar

Plough Inn

Inn with 6 rooms, £85-£199 pppnb, £85-£225 prpnb

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse with 5 bedrooms, £65-£120 prpn

The Hare & Hounds

The Hare & Hounds, Levens

Restaurant with Rooms with 4 rooms, £35-£74 pppnb

Farletonview Caravan Site

Farletonview Caravan Site

Touring Park with 6 pitches, £20 ptpn

Woodclose Caravan Park

Woodclose Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 17 pitches, £13-£27 ptpn

The Villa, Levens

The Villa, Levens

Hotel with 22 rooms, £90 prpnb

Things to do

What's on

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There are a variety of events taking place in Kirkby Lonsdale and the surrounding areas over the year. Why dont you check out the calendar and see what's on while you're here?

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Surrounding Areas

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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