Exploring Kirkby Lonsdale
Nestled between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, Kirkby Lonsdale is an historic market town full of charm and character for overnight guests at the Sun Inn to enjoy.
Our boutique hotel rooms in the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale are an ideal starting point to meander down to the River Lune and the famous Devil’s Bridge, dating back more than 650 years.
Just a minutes walk from the Sun Inn’s luxury accommodation is Ruskin’s View, which takes in the inspirational landscape of the Lune Valley and surrounding countryside as you look towards the Yorkshire Dales. Ruskin’s View in Kirkby Lonsdale was not only described by Victorian art critic John Ruskin as “one of the fairest in England and therefore the world”, but was even immortalised on canvas by the painter J.M.W Turner.
Mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale is a blend of picture perfect stone cottages, cobbled courtyards and elegant 18th century buildings, linked together by little lanes and alleyways with evocative names like Jingling Lane. From Kirkby Lonsdale’s town square, you can gaze at the beautiful view of the Howgills.
There is also has an unexpected array independent shops in Kirkby Lonsdale. The town’s range of giftware and collectables, plus regular farmers markets and a popular monthly furniture auction, means Kirkby Lonsdale really comes into its own if you are on the lookout for an unusual or personalised present.
Just outside Kirkby Lonsdale, guests can discover beautiful Lake District and Yorkshire Dales villages and towns such as Wennington, Wray, Hawes, Clapham and Settle. Kirkby Lonsdale’s unique position on the border of Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Lancashire means it is a great bed and breakfast base for visitors to just get out and explore.