Saturday, 24 March 2012
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.