Population: 1,771 Grid Reference: SD610780 Co-ordinates: 54.201, -2.597

Market square, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Market Place, Kirkby Lonsdale.

The small stown of Kirkby Lonsdale on the A65 Kendal to Skipton road is ideally situated between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Geographically more of a Dales town, Kirkby Lonsdale is often mentioned as a place to visit when touring the Lake District. It is situated on the Dales side of the M6 Motorway.

Main Street, Kirby Lonsdale.
Home to almost two thousand people, Kirkby Lonsdale has several outdoor shops, pubs, hotels, convience stores and cafés, a hive of activity compared to nearby Settle.

June sees the Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band Competition and there is an Agricultural Show in August. The first weekend in September is the Victorian Fair and there is a Christmas Fair and Parade at the beginning of December featuring Father Christmas.

Notable buildings include St. Mary's Church. The view from the churchyard of the River Lune is known as Ruskin's View.


Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale
Devil's Bridge is said to have been built by the Devil himself after he appeared before an old woman, promising to build a bridge in exchange for the first soul to cross it. When the bridge was finished she outwitted the Devil by throwing bread across the bridge and her dog chased after it.
Today the bridge is a Mecca for motorcyclists who gather here on a Sunday.


Telephone/Fax: 015 242 71437

Open daily April to October and Thursday to Sunday in the Winter. Wheelchair access.