Yorkshire Dales Market Towns
The market town of Kirkby Stephen lies in the tranquillity of Cumbrias' Eden Valley at the very North Western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Sitting at the top of Mallerstang dale the town also provides easy access to the Lake District National Park. The town is easily reached itself, sitting just over a mile from the nearest stop on the famously scenic Settle-Carlisle Railway.
Kirkby Stephen market place and cloisters
Market day is Monday, when as well as wandering around the myriad stalls visitors can enjoy the numerous antique and art and craft shops or sample some of the many places to eat and drink.
There are a number of historic buildings in the town including the Cloisters built in 1810 to provide shelter for market and churchgoers.
The Parish Church, known locally as the Cathedral of the Dales, contains many historical artefacts such as the "Loki Stone" which dates back to the time of the Vikings.
Kirkby Stephen takes its name from the Norse word Kirk which means "church" and by signifies a place name with Viking origins. Its name also comes from the town being given to Stephen, an Abbot at St Mary's in York in Norman times.
For the serious walker there is the Pennine Way which passes through the town or the Coast to Coast walk. For those just wanting a gentle stroll there is some wonderful countryside to take in along the River Eden.