Saturday, 24 March 2012

Kirkby Lonsdale.








Yesterday my friend W and I made the hour and a half's journey over to Kirkby Lonsdale to meet our friends from Windermere. As usual - Ingleborough (one of the three peaks) was in thick haze so no photograph of that. As we passed by the Ribblehead Viaduct there was a long diesel-pulled passenger train going slowly over it and a lot of spectators on the side of the road, so it was obviously a special train.

We love the journey and arrived on time. We usually lunch in a lovely Italian Bistro called Avanti.
As I was going out in the evening too, I just had a delicious Greek salad but the others all had chicken dishes which looked scrumptious.
Afterwards we had a wander round the town and I took some photographs for you to see, to give you a taste of the place. There is a lovely churchyard with a superb view of the Lune valley - it is called Ruskin's view - I have posted that before.

So these photographs are of 'everyday' Kirkby Lonsdale - the cheese shop (which is quite something), the quilt shop which shows its wares off in a little passage next to the shop, the lovely street names, the pretty little shops (some of them selling slightly old-fashioned wares), the Kirkby Lonsdale Institute with its flags flying outside.

We came back another way, through Sedbergh and I managed to get a couple of photos as we sped along - so they are both a bit blurred, but you get the idea. The first is of the distant Howgill fells, with a stone wall in the foreground and the second is the River Rawthey, made famous by the super Basil Bunting poem.

If you are ever in the vicinity of KL always pop into the town for a wander - it is a lovely little place. Have a good weekend.

11 comments:

Pondside said...

I'm going to have to find KL on the map to see whether it is within striking distance of anywhere I'll be in September. My list of places I'd like to see is getting longer and longer!

Heather said...

What a delightful place - I want to walk down Jingling Lane! Such a treat to see proper shops selling individual goods and old fashioned is alright by me. Once again I want to move to Yorkshire!

angryparsnip said...

hahahahahahha...
We are so connected.
Found my name in a town, Gayle, on my first trip to the UK and now my first Scotty Kirby who I named after the vacuum cleaner and the children name after a Nintendo game... now has a town in Yorkshire.
Wonderful

cheers, parsnip

Bovey Belle said...

We used to drive through Kirkby on our way up to Durham and back with our middle daughter. Even she (with the brashness of youth!) said what a pretty town it was. We went house-hunting up in that area too, before we ended up here in Wales.

Toffeeapple said...

So good to see proper shops and no chain stores.

MorningAJ said...

What a lovely preview! I'm looking forward to visiting in April.

Titus said...

Lovely! Sweetie and cheese shops for us, I think. Probably in that order.

Dartford Warbler said...

Such a lovely town and one we have passed through several times over the years. If we go again, we shall definitely stop and walk around the lanes. I would love to spend some time in the cheese shop!

Good to hear that you had a happy day out with friends.

jill said...

Lovely place we went a couple of years ago I must get hubby to go again just so I can go and hunt those lovely quilts and cushions out,have a good sunday love Jill xx

Rachel said...

Such a hectic social life. Out in the day and then out in the evening. I am lucky if I manage one outing in two months.

Gerry Snape said...

Oh I've bought cheeses from that glorious shop!! Great post Pat.