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A Bright New Future for Kirkby Lonsdale Charter Market

Kirkby Lonsdale’s Charter Market is embracing the future with the help of a specialist market company. The town has had a market charter since 1227 and it’s hoped the new partnership will help the market to grow and flourish for decades to come says Town Manager Janet Nuttall… Back in 2011, when the Kirkby Lonsdale Community Interest Company was first formed, we took ownership of the...
Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale Family Trail

Struggle to get your family our 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 takes less than an hour and is an easy walk. The answers are on the second page so beware if printing it off and giving it straight to the kids. Kirkby Lonsdale Family Trail
Salt Pie Lane Kirkby Lonsdale

Things to Do in Kirkby Lonsdale

Visiting Kirkby Lonsdale this summer? Want some recommendations for things to do? Kirstie Pelling asked the Visitor Information Centre volunteers and town guides to share some of their favourite activities, walks and views....A town bustling with lifeKirkby Lonsdale is famous for many things. The high street is unique and packed with eclectic shops, its cuisine is imaginative, locally sourced and...
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. ...
Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council News

Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council’s planning group has considered three planning applications, which all Councillors have seen.Approval was recommended in each case: SL/2020/0122 7 MitchelgateSL/2020/0129 Fellside FarmhouseS/09/13A/LB Kearstwick Hill For full details of these applications, visit and follow the links to planning applications/decisions. A scheme of delegation...
1st Kirkby Scouts Camp at Home

Scouts Go Wild at Home

While most clubs and societies closed their doors in March, scouting in Kirkby Lonsdale has flourished in lockdown. With Saturday morning Cub breakfasts, a ‘camp at home’ night under their belt and a family camp planned, 1st Kirkby Lonsdale Scout Group didn’t get upset about Covid 19 restrictions. Instead they got online and creative, as Kirstie Pelling found out… Scouting is about being...
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...
Kirkby Lonsdale stones

A Hub of Community Spirit

The Kirkby Londsale Community Hub has handled over three hundred requests for help in six weeks. Over a hundred volunteers have walked dogs, delivered prescriptions and bought shopping for self-isolating households in the town and nearby villages. And behind every call there’s an invisible army of helpers keeping both community and community spirit alive, as Kirstie Pelling found out… A story...

How to Have a VE Day Party at Home

The bank holiday may not be the party it was planned to be, but you can still enjoy V.E. Day celebrations at home. There are lots of fun ideas in here from Cumbria County Council from making your own bunting to singalongs and recipes. The council would love to like and share your photo's - tag them @CumbriaCC or use the hashtag...
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...
A Vault Walk guide in Kirkby Lonsdale

Guided Town Walks

We know our own town better than anyone so let us show you around! In a new initiative five qualified town guides from Kirkby's Visitor Information Centre are giving regular free walking tours to help orientate visitors to the main landmarks. But they don’t just lead and lecture. They paint an exciting story of Kirkby past, with a few famous characters and a lot of local history. Many of the...