A short walk at Kirkby Lonsdale to explore this interesting market town. The walk heads for Devil’s Bridge before returning along a pleasant section of the River Lune. Finally the Radical Steps return you to town.
Kirkby Lonsdale has a growing reputation. It has always been in a convenient location, situated between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. It is straightforward and convenient to get to both. In addition the Forest of Bowland is nearby and a short drive north will bring you to Sedbergh and the under rated Howgill Fells. However in recent years the town itself has smartened up and is now getting a reputation of a good place to say. Interesting independent shops have started trading and there is a good range of cafes, hotels and pubs.
This walk reflects the attractive village. In addition it showcases the River Lune. It is relatively recently that I have come to appreciate the virtues of Kirkby Lonsdale. Previous visits have exclusively been to enjoy the excellent bacon butties at Devil’s Bridge. There is a newly improved path that runs along the River Lune (suitable for push chairs and wheelchairs) from Devils Bridge. Of course the steep Radical steps defy many an able bodied at this stage but the rewarding view near the church was once a favourite of no less than John Ruskin.
This walk at Kirkby Lonsdale is a short walk. However it can be extended by following the Lune further north from Ruskin’s viewpoint. Certainly next time you are travelling up the A65 stop and have a walk around the town, don’t just stop for the butty!
Stay for a mini break in Kirkby Lonsdale instead of just passing, there are some good walks (see below) and the town really does have a good buzz.
The path to Devil’s Bridge leaves at the east end of the market place down a cobbled lane.
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