Visit Kirkby Lonsdale – the jewel of the South Lakes
Kirkby Lonsdale is on everyone’s holiday wish-list – and it’s easy to see why. This exquisite market town is jam-packed with charm and makes the perfect base for exploring both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Expect the best of both worlds: the vibrant buzz of town life with easy access to the picturesque countryside in every direction.
Everyone who visits is captivated by Kirkby Lonsdale’s unspoilt character – so much so that it’s become a magnet for TV and film producers. An episode of ITV’s Poirot was shot here, as was the BBC’s recent dramatisation of Jamaica Inn. In 2018, scenes for a big-budget Hollywood movie – Dr Dolittle with Robert Downey Jr. – were filmed right outside Number Fifteen.
Amenities are close at hand; you’ll find a wide selection of independent shops within a few minutes’ walk. Stock up on treats at Booths supermarket, indulge your sweet tooth with authentic gelato at the ice-cream parlour or pick up a holiday read at the quirky local bookshop. If you’re in town on a Thursday, you can browse the stalls on the weekly market. There’s no shortage of cafes, bars and restaurants, either, so whether you want to sip home-roasted coffee, sample artisan gins or treat yourself to top-notch cuisine, you’ll find everything you need close at hand.
Outdoor aficionados are well catered for. You can follow a number of walking or cycling trails straight from the door, while more opportunities for outdoor adventures can be found a short drive away in the fells and dales of the Lake District or neighbouring Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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