Discover the inspiration for J.M.W. Turner’s painting ‘Ruskin’s View’

Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Tucked away between Cumbria’s iconic Lake District landscapes and the rolling Yorkshire Dales is the ancient market town of Kirkby Lonsdale.

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Stroll across to the scene JMW Turner painted and renowned art critic John Ruskin once described as ‘the loveliest in England’ before ambling down to the winding River Lune and the historic Devil’s Bridge.

Head back to Kirkby Lonsdale itself to explore an unexpected array of independent shops, cobbled streets and evocative names like Jingling Lane and Salt Pie Lane. For real ales and menus bursting with local ingredients, stop off at the 17th century Sun Inn, listed as a ‘local gem’ in the 2015 Good Food Guide.

For a spot of fine dining, take a short trip to the 3 AA rosette-rated Hipping Hall. It’s a glorious way to refuel for further adventures in the English countryside in the Howgills, Ingleton Fells or Forest of Bowland. You could even seek out the little-known Cautley Spout – England’s highest waterfall above ground.

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DDevil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale © Cumbria Tourism
RRuskin's View, Kirkby Lonsdale © Cumbria Tourism
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