Perched above the River Lune, a lush valley between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, is Kirkby Lonsdale. Whether it’s lunch with friends, Thursday’s market, a weekend escape or a family walk along the river, this market town is a joy to discover.
After a good potter in town (special note to Bath House and Parma Violet), one of my favourite things to do is gather together a little picnic with some of the wonderful Churchmouse Cheeses and Lunesdale Bakery rolls.
Then wander through Salt Pie Lane (there is a very enterprising story to discover!) to the ‘brow’ just outside the walls of St Mary’s Church. Awaiting you is the truly spectacular ‘Ruskin’s View’ across the Lune Valley, described by Victorian writer John Ruskin as ‘one of the loveliest views in England’ and immortalised in JMW Turner’s watercolour.
Energy and companions permitting, take a refreshing romp through the woods or along the river and loop back into town.
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