Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club

Kirkby lonsdale Golf Club set in 220 acres of the beautiful Lune Valley, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Come and enjoy our challenging 18 hole par 72 course which has spectacular views in all directions. Full catering and golf packages available along with a truly friendly welcome, we guarantee you will not be disappointed.


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Kirkby Lonsdale is situated where Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and the Trough of Bowland meet, providing an almost infinite amount of walking in the area

Whether you choose a gentle amble through the Lune Valley, a bracing march over the Yorkshire Dales or to blow the cobwebs away in the heights of the Lake District; there is something for everyone.

The four main walking areas within a short drive are the Yorkshire Dales and the Howgills, Forest of Bowland and the Lake District.



The Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales

The “Dales” provide miles of wonderful walking in ever changing scenery with the dales themselves dominating the scene. Higher ground abounds culminating in the three classic major peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent.


Situated east of the Lake District the Howgills lie mostly within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Howgills are one of the forgotten walking areas in England. The “hippo like” outlines of the fells are distinctive, most often seen by those tearing up the M6 motorway between Kendal and Penrith. Despite the lack of crags it is great walking country and you can wander for hours in the knowledge you are unlikely to meet more than a handful of other people.

Forest of Bowland AONB

Located in northern Lancashire immediately to the south of Kirkby Lonsdale, the Forest of Bowland includes wild upland and cultivated valleys. Essentially part of the main Pennine range, the area is dominated by gritstone fells with summits above 450 m and large areas of heather-covered peat moorland. Pendle Hill, a large isolated hill, is located in the south eastern edge of the area.

The Southern Fells of the Lake District National Park

The highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike) and some other equally impressive neighbours make this area an important one for all walkers. Included in this area are Eskdale, Great Langdale, Wasdale, parts of Borrowdale and the Duddon Valley, all adding an extra dimension to the high ground. Other great peaks include the Old Man of Coniston, Scafell, Great End, Esk Pike, Bowfell and the Crinkle Crags just to name a few.

Time for pampering

Imagine enjoying your break even more….imagine a luxury Espa treatment


For some extra special rest and rejuvenation, the Sun Inn’s guests can now also enjoy some exclusive discounts at the ‘Love Beauty’ salon in Kirkby Lonsdale, just a two minute meander along the main street. Anyone staying at the inn who books a one hour Espa treatment, will now get an extra half-hour treatment free of charge. Choose one of the following free treatments:

  • Indian head massage
  • Hopi ear candle treatment
  • Back, neck & shoulder massage
  • File & nail polish

Contact Love Beauty to book your Espa treatment and special ‘Sun Inn complimentary treatment’ at the same time.

Contact Details

Opening Times

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Where to Find Us

31 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AH.

Entrance on Market Square just a couple of minutes walk from the Sun Inn.

Wet Weather Activities

Now lets be honest, we do get our fair share of showers in this part of the world and we thoroughly recommend embracing the charm of the Lake District and getting out and about undeterred.  To help you do this we have Muck Boots available at the inn, along with macs and umbrellas that you are very welcome to borrow.  We also provide a list and guide of local walks that are a comfortable length to complete on a showery day, many of which have a refreshment stop part way round, and all of which are definitely best suited to Wellingtons.

Wellie Walks

A guide for each walk is available from the inn, along with Muck Boots and a rain mac if required.

  • Mansergh & Rigmaden – 5.75 miles – Easy walking on old tracks and byways in an unsung corner, enjoying extensive views across the Lunesdale fells.
  • Barbon Low Fell – 5.75 miles – A stunning combination of first rate Dales scenery, and though every step is outside the Dales, it’s a National Park landscape.
  • Leck Beck – 6.25 miles – The lovely environs of Leck Beck penetrate unfrequented fell country to discover limestone ravines, all within Lancashire!
  • Whittington 5.25 miles – Easy rambling to an attractive village, and a return that clings tightly to the Lune’s bank.
  • Wenning and Greta – 6.5 miles – A richly varied walk encountering much of interest in between the lower reaches of two parallel rivers.
  • Three Rivers – 5.5 miles – Two absorbing, very contrasting villages link the genteel Lune Valley with the wilder, wooded edge of Bowland.
  • Kirkby Lonsdale – A gentle stroll around the town and down by the River to Devil’s Bridge, to get to grips with the local amenities and sights.

Places to visit

Barton Grange

Easily located on the A6 between Preston and Garstang. Barton Grange is a garden centre with the ‘Wow Factor!’  With a huge houseplant and outdoor all weather plant section, alongside a fabulous home decor department. Barton Grange also boasts a stunning farm shop offering all the best quality locally sourced produce as well as a Cook Shop with beautiful things for your kitchen.  There is plenty on offer to make the trip worthwhile, a must for the foodies and horticulturists.

Leighton Hall and Gardens

The Leighton Hall estate, home to the world renowned Gillow furniture making family, stretches over some 1,550 acres, both the hall and the beautiful gardens are well worth a nosey round.  Leighton Hall can be found in the north of Lancashire, just outside Carnforth, a few miles from the city of Lancaster. It nestles in a bowl of parkland against a backdrop of English Lake District hills.  Dogs are not permitted in the house or gardens but there is 80 acres of parkland around the estate where dogs are more than welcome.

Levens Hall and Gardens

Levens Hall is a short drive away and one of the finest stately homes in South Cumbria.  In the 1590s the Bellingham family developed what was a Medieval Peel Tower into a Gentleman’s residence.   The grand estate boasts tenanted farms with their produce available to buy in the gift shop, a lush deer park and stunning Grade I listed garden.  Leave Kirkby Lonsdale, head North on the A65 towards the M6, following signs for Milnthorpe A6, look out for the brown heritage signs to direct you.

Yew Tree Barn

A stunning 19th Century barn, home to a unique collection of artisans and antiques and an architectural reclamation yard. On sight there is also a the Hat Trick Cafe, and plenty to see, an Aladdin’s cave of vintage treats and hand crafted goodies.  Head towards Grange over Sands then follow signs for Low Newton. Yew Tree Barn is sign posted.

Wensleydale Creamery

Wensleydale cheese has been made in Wensleydale since 1150, when Cistercian monks settled in the dale and established a monastery, just 4 miles from Hawes.  The Creamery set in the heart of Hawes, a lovely drive from Kirkby Lonsdale with fantastic views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park to accompany you on your journey, boasts a cheese making museum, a viewing gallery to watch the pros at work and an amazing cheese shop with endless tasters of all your favourite Wensleydales.

Kirkby Lonsdale, shopping, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea

Kirkby Lonsdale is a beautiful market town. With plenty to see and do to keep you occupied during the day and well into the night.  With numerous shops, all stocked to the brim with gorgeous fare perfect for gifts and, of course, for treating yourselves.  There are also many different tearooms and eateries to choose from for either morning coffee, afternoon tea or a light lunch. Kirkby is also a great place to stock up your fridge, with both an award winning butchers and cheese shop, chocolate shop and bakery.

Staveley Mill Yard and Hawskhead Brewery

Staveley Mill Yard is a four-acre site comprised of over 20 retail and industrial units, in the centre of Staveley village, it is situated near to both Kendal and Windermere and close to central Lake District.  Hawkshead Brewery is based here and well worth a visit with a fantastic beer hall offering  tasters of the ales brewed on site. Brewery tours take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm


If your going into to Windermere for the day then Lakeland Plastics is a must for the foodies and the domestic goddess’. Lakeland offer an unrivalled collection of creative kitchenware, practical ideas for the home and garden, and inspiring gifts from all over the world.

Sizergh Castle and Gardens

The Strickland family has lived at Sizergh Castle for more than 750 years, and it remains their home today. Set in large, beautifully landscaped gardens and based on an impressive 14th Century pele tower.  The mansion contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in the country.  Of particular interest are the large gardens surrounding the Castle, a notable feature being the National Trust’s largest limestone rock garden, including part of the National Collection of Hardy Ferns. Enchanting wildflower and water gardens also add to the charm of this elegant estate

Bird Watching

Relax and enjoy a birdwatching break at the Sun Inn.  We can provide flasks of hot drinks, a lunch box of local treats to take out with you and there are guidebooks, binoculars and wet weather gear available at the inn for use during your stay.

The Sun Inn is within easy reach of an impressive range of birdwatching destinations, including the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the Trough of Bowland and Morecambe Bay – home to one of the largest concentrations of birds in Europe

The churchyard adjacent to the Sun Inn is the ideal starting point for birding adventures, with a woodpecker and an owl both in residence, and a gentle amble along the River Lune provides a chance to spot wading birds such as oystercatchers an herons. There are also plenty of other great locations within a short drive;

  • Trough of Bowland: The often overlooked Forest of Bowland is home to many threatened species, including the rare hen harriergolden plover and ring ouzel. 13% of the area is also designated as an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).
  • Leighton Moss, Arnside and Silverdale: The RSPB’s nature reserve to the north east of Morecambe Bay counts avocet and marsh harriers among the Spring and Summer visitors. It is also one of the few places in Britain where you can hear the booming call of the elusive bittern.
  • South Lakes: England’s largest natural lake, Windermere, is home to more than a thousand ducks, geese and swans all year round. The Lake District is also one of the only areas in England where visitors stand a chance glimpsing of spotting a majestic golden eagle.
  • Yorkshire Dales: More than 100 species nest here every year. Walkers might spot a sky lark flying overhead, or maybe a merlin, which are easiest to see in breeding season (late summer).


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