Lantern Walks before Late Night Shopping in Kirkby Lonsdale

This December we are inviting you to join us on a wintry Lantern Walk. Before you start your Late Night Shopping, you will be immersed in the stories and personalities of Kirkby Lonsdale: Meet your guide at the Christmas tree in Market Square where you will be greeted with a warming glass of mulled wine and a cosy mince pie. From there you will begin a lantern-lit journey through the...

Christmas Window Competition in Kirkby Lonsdale

Look out for the beautiful Christmas windows as you wander around town during Late Night Shopping (and the rest of the week!) and decide which local business YOU think has the best Christmas window display.  Year on year the Kirkby Lonsdale shops create beautiful windows for shoppers to gaze into as they do their Christmas shopping so this year we are introducing the Christmas Window...

Late Night Shopping this December in Kirkby Lonsdale

Christmas is coming to Kirkby Lonsdale! Please join us this December for Late Night Shopping (socially distanced of course). Christmas is going to be quieter than normal this year, but we still need all the time we can to do our Christmas shopping. Local businesses are coming together to support the town by staying open until 7.30pm on the first three Fridays in December and the Tuesday before...

The Vault Story Trail

Our seven stories of the vault are now out and about on benches around town. Start at the bench in Jubilee Field at Devils Bridge. Follow the pedestrian pathway into town and you will find another, this time a sad story  outside The Royal Hotel. If you would like to find more walk across the road to the bench outside Information and Gift Shop. You have now found three of our seven stories....
A Vault Walk guide in Kirkby Lonsdale

Guided Town Walks

We know our own town better than anyone so let us show you around! We have five qualified town guides from Kirkby's Visitor Information Centre who are giving guided walking tours on the first and third Friday and Saturday of each month. Starting in August 2020. Price £5.00 for adults, Children Free. Walks start from the monument at 11.30 and last 50 minutes. Booking essential. You can book a...
Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale Family Trail

Do you struggle to get your family out walking?  Local resident Rachel Wilkinson designed this downloadable Family Trail to keep her seven year old twin girls occupied on their lockdown walks. The trail and fun quiz of Kirkby Lonsdale takes less than an hour and is an easy walk. The answers are on the second page so be aware when printing it off that there might be spoilers! Let us...
Man cycling Morecambe Bay


Kirkby Lonsdale is an ideal location to base yourself for bike rides in the Lakes and Dales. You can start with some circular bike rides around Sedbergh, Dentdale and the Lune Valley. Barbon Beck provides a watery ride along the riverside. Or try biking to Milnthorpe and through the deer park and along the coast road to Arnside. If you still have energy you can then push on to Silverdale. ...
Fairfield Horseshoe, Ambleside. Image by Cumbria Tourism


There are many short walks you can access from the town. A short loop taking in the famous Ruskin's view, the radical steps, the river and Devil's Bridge will take about an hour or less. At the Visitor Information Centre you can pick up a town map for a small charge to help you find the way.There are also delightful walks around and to local villages including Casterton and Barbon. You will...
St Mary's Church

St Mary’s Church

Also known as Kirkby Lonsdale Parish Church, the Church of St Mary the Virgin is a must see when you are visiting the town. The church is Norman, probably built between 1093 and 1130 with a range of architectural styles.  The north aisle has three impressive Norman columns, similar to Durham Cathedral, with a diamond pattern on the stone. The tower houses six bells, the oldest dating from...
Kirkby Lonsdale Town Guided Walks

Market Square

The Market Square, with its distinctive monument, is perhaps the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale.  Every Thursday you will find the Charter Market, selling fresh produce and goods since 1227. The Square is lined with little shops, cafes and the beautiful Royal Hotel. At Christmas you will find a magnificent Christmas Tree and the chalet market. Other times you might stumble across a brass band...
Charter Market

Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market

Our Charter Market runs every Thursday in the Market Square and has done for centuries.We also have a farmers’ market in Lunesdale Hall running 10am-12pm the same day.You can buy lots of local produce including fruit and veg, plants, jewellery, handicrafts and a selection of hot food to keep you going until dinner time.
Christmas Fair

Festivals and Events

We have an exciting line up of festivals and events this year, Covid 19 restrictions permitting.  These include a Spoken Word and Poetry Festival on 26th and 27th September, and our Christmas Fair and Market weekend on 4th– 6th December. We’ll bring you more news as we have it.
Salt Pie Lane

Salt Pie Lane

Salt Pie Lane is a highlight on any Kirkby Lonsdale walking tour. For a start it’s seriously cute. But it has a great story too. Pre-1911 the lane was known as ‘Cattle Market Yard,’ as cattle used to be sold in the adjoining Horse Market. A local entrepreneur living on Cattle Market Yard made hot salted mutton pies for sale to the traders. After eating the pies people felt it ...
Ruskin's View, Kirkby Lonsdale

Ruskin’s View

Ruskin’s View is Kirkby Lonsdale’s most famous landmark and you simply can’t visit without seeing it. Follow the path through the churchyard of St Mary’s in the centre of town and you will find yourself at Church Brow, a walkway and viewpoint looking down onto the River Lune. Every day the view looks different yet for centuries it has been the same; a breathtaking panorama of the Lune...
Kirkby Lonsdale River walk

Radical Steps and River Walk

The characterful and aptly named Radical Steps provide a steep and sometimes slippery descent to a delightful walk by the river. If you aren’t feeling energetic, we suggest you walk down them and follow a different route back to town, as we don’t use the word ‘steep’ lightly in Cumbria! You can walk to Devil's Bridge on the river path. 
The Vault Story Bank Kirkby Lonsdale

The Vault

As the name suggests, The Vault is a former bank vault, in the town’s Visitor Information Centre on Main Street. It is now a story bank and interactive film hub. And it's free to locals and visitors. Take a few minutes out and watch one of our films during your stay to get to know some local characters from the past. The stories are further brought to life on one of the town guided...
Devils Bridge Kirkby Lonsdale

Devil’s Bridge

With free parking, picnic tables and a butty van that serves great food, Devil’s Bridge is used to catering for the families who flock to it in the summer months, along with divers who train under its depths and the motorcyclists on a day out. Spanning the River Lune to the south and east of Kirkby Lonsdale this three-arched bridge is thought to date back to the 12th or 13th century, and is a...