Lune Valley and Forest of Bowland

Kirkby Lonsdale sits alongside the Lune Valley. In fact, the famous Ruskin’s View, which looks out across the Lune Valley, is just a minutes walk away for overnight hotel guests at the Sun Inn.

The rolling countryside of the Lune Valley is ideal for walking, whether visitors would like a gentle stroll or a longer ramble with a scenic stop-off for a picnic along the way. The Crook O’Lune has inspired poets like Thomas Gray, while Gray’s Seat near Caton offers panoramic views of the Howgills and Ingleborough. Caton offers plenty of walks with a few outlined on the village website. A string of pretty villages in the Lune Valley are also worth a trip from Kirkby Lonsdale. Wray, Hornby and Wennington all provide plentiful walking options, while Wray and Hornby are great refreshment stops too.

Many people enjoying a stay at the Sun Inn in Kirkby Lonsdale make the short trip to the Forest of Bowland, which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Covering 312 square miles of Lancashire and North Yorkshire countryside, the Forest of Bowland is home to a range of rare birds and wildlife. 13% of the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and many threatened species live here – ideal for guests who would like to borrow a birdbook from the Sun Inn and get a little closer to nature.

The Forest of Bowland plays host to special events throughout the year. Regular walking festivals, country markets and heritage days are all within easy reach of you accommodation base in Kirkby Lonsdale.


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