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A real draw for tourists, Kirkby Lonsdale is a wonderful chocolate box town, which benefits from being relatively traffic free in the centre, giving it a delightful olde worlde feel.
Right at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Kirkby Lonsdale is in Cumbria, very close to the Lancashire border, meaning it just makes it into this website for it’s accommodation and things to do which fall within the National Park.
The town is on the A65 which runs from Leeds to the Lake District, and it’s within easy reach along this busy road of the M6 motorway, which provides access to airports in Carlisle, Glasgow and Manchester.
Kirkby Lonsdale Accommodation
Cosy 2 Bed Apartment in central Kirkby Lonsdale13 Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AN, United Kingdom
Contemporary Barn Conversion in Stunning SettingMiddleton, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2LY, United Kingdom
Cosy, Boutique Central Kirkby Lonsdale ApartmentApartment 1, 13 Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AN, United Kingdom
Kirkby Lonsdale on the Map
Kirkby Lonsdale FAQ’s
Is Kirby Lonsdale worth visiting?
The town boasts independent shops, charming restaurants, and a programme of interesting festivals throughout the year. A weekly market takes place in the picturesque square, and local Ruskin’s View was immortalised in a Turner painting. Visitors come from miles around on sunny weekends.
Why is Kirkby Lonsdale famous?
The Town is notably home to the 14th century Devil’s Bridge, as well as Ruskin’s View, which inspired a painting by artist JMW Turner in 1822, and poet John Ruskin to declare ‘I do not know in all my country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine. ‘
Why is Devil’s bridge Kirkby Lonsdale called Devil’s bridge?
Local legend has it that the Devil appeared to a local woman who could not retrieve her cow from across the river. The Devil appeared offering to build a bridge in exchange for the soul of the first to cross it, and the woman agreed. Once the bridge was completed, the woman threw some food over the bridge, which her dog chased, thus outwitting the devil.
Obviously, head into Yorkshire, and specifically, explore the Yorkshire Dales – the next town along the A65 is Ingleton, from where you can base a walking tour of the Three Peaks.