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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

Lovely main bedroom

Jasmine Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £440-£670 pupw sleeps 1-5

Number 43 lounge

Number 43

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £120-£195 prpnb

Front Entrance

The Pele Tower - Killington Hall

Self-catering with 1 unit, £825-£2100 pupw sleeps 2-4

The Parisian Suite


Serviced Apartments with 4 units, £250-£25000 pupn sleeps 1-2

Middleton's Cottage

Middleton's Cottage and Fountain Cottage

Self-catering with 2 units, £345-£515 pupw sleeps 4

Ingleborough House

Kirkby Lonsdale Cottages

Self-catering with 2 units, £180-£552 pupn sleeps 2-8

The Black Bull Inn

The Black Bull Inn

Inn with 18 rooms, £125-£199 prpnb

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £340-£490 pupw sleeps 4-5

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

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

Birslack Grange Cottage

Birslack Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £325-£400 pupw sleeps 1-2

Treetops Self Catering Flat

Woodclose Caravan Park - Self Catering

Self-catering with 11 units, £570-£990 pupw sleeps 2-4

Holgates Caravan Park S/C

Holgates Caravan Park S/C

Holiday Park with 13 units, £799 pupw sleeps 6

South Lakeland Leisure Village

South Lakeland Leisure Village

Self-catering with 160 units

Fell End

Fell End Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 63 pitches

Fell End

Fell End Caravan Park

Self-catering with 5 units

Woodclose Caravan Park

Woodclose Caravan Park - Touring

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 17 pitches, £13-£33 ptpn

Hall More Caravan Park

Hall More Holiday Park

Touring & Camping Park with 71 pitches

Safari Tents at Hall More Caravan Park

Hall More Holiday Park

Glamping with 0 units

Holgates Caravan Park

Holgates Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 80 pitches, £47 ptpn

The Villa, Levens

The Villa, Levens

Hotel with 22 rooms, £90 prpnb

Waters edge Caravan Park

Waters Edge Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 22 pitches, £10-£19 ptpn

Woodclose Caravan Park - Glamping

Woodclose Caravan Park - Glamping

Glamping with 10 units, £990 pupw sleeps 2-5

Sun Inn

Sun Inn

Restaurant with Rooms with 11 rooms, £43-£198 pppnb

The Glen exterior

The Glen

Guest House with 6 rooms, £88-£175 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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Food & Drink

Kirkby Lonsdale eateries are little gems, where several have mentions in the Good Food Guide. The town boasts first-class restaurants, offering spectacularly good food, amongst lovely décor and the warm glow of a fire. What is particularly good is you can take advantage of the standard of food that comes within a 2018 Michelin guide restaurant and get 50% off your bill, if you go as an early diner. Who wouldn’t take up that offer!

The restaurants have a vibrant atmosphere and all with a top-class personal service. Or how about going Mediterranean where art and style blend with rustic charm. There’s outdoor courtyard seating on a warm summers evening, in which to enjoy your drinks from the extensive wine and cocktails menu. Bistros have sprung up in the town, serving Tapas dishes on the increasingly popular small plates, where you can try out new dishes without feeling you’ve over done it. Some dishes are Far Eastern based, which are prepared with skill and imagination. The staff are very knowledgeable with their wines, gins and cocktails – you’ve got to try a Raspberry Godfather! Then to follow Duck cooked 3 ways, or Creamy wild mushroom and kale bruschetta with sweet potato fries. Sounds fabulous.

The Courtyard Cafe at Holker Hall

Kirkby Lonsdale and its surrounding area, has its fair share of excellent pubs too, one of which is AA Rosette rated, where the chef has a passion for local produce and creating gorgeous fresh dishes. There’s a great choice of local ales and all are dog friendly. You can pick from any number of quaint English country inns to try, not just in Kirkby itself, but in the surrounding villages too. Quality homely food is served up with a welcoming smile and what’s more the menus are great value too.

And it’s not just the restaurants and the pubs with all the awards here, the cafes take their fair share of the accolades. Sit in a sumptuous armchair by a cosy fire, enjoying delectable home-cooked food which has been prepared that day, using the freshest and tastiest of ingredients. Or how about a super Cumbrian breakfast with piping hot tea or freshly brewed coffee and there’s afternoon tea with melt-in-the-mouth scones and freshly baked cakes to die for. Who can resist? Many of the cafes, restaurants and pubs here will cater for special diets, like Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan, so no one gets left out.

For more information on what Cumbria has to offer see Food and Drink

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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