Yorkshire Dales Market Towns
Nestling in the beautiful, lush valley of the River Lune; Kirkby Lonsdale is a market town set on the fringes of both the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park and is a national winner of the Britain in Bloom Competition.
St. Mary's: made famous by artist John Ruskin
Kirkby Lonsdale has a rich and mixed heritage taking in influences from Viking, Saxon and Norman times. The town was an important crossroads on the Drovers' Road from Scotland to York and London. Its name derives from the Norse word Kirk which means "church" and by signifies a place name with Viking origins.
The town was granted its charter for fairs in the 13th century and to this day holds a popular market every Thursday. In September the town goes back in time as it holds its annual Victorian Fair.
There is much to tempt the visitor here with pleasant riverside walks along the Lune or the towns beautiful 17th and 18th century buildings and speciality shops.
A popular spot for visitors to Kirkby Lonsdale is the famous Devil's Bridge where you can gaze upon the three ribbed arches spanning the River Lune.
The view of the river from the churchyard of St Mary's captivated Victorian artist John Ruskin, enough for him to describe it as some of the loveliest countryside in the country. Today, visitors will find it hard to disagree.