Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fine Town between Dales and Lakes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fine Town between Dales and Lakes

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

SET in the valley of the River Lune between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, Kirkby Lonsdale has a wide range of attractive buildings, distinctive shops and glorious riverside settings that make it one of the finest towns for many a mile.

Starting from St Mary's parish church we follow the pathway on the northern side of the churchyard that leads towards the curious gazebo close to the riverside path.

A few yards to the left there are superb views across the Lune Valley that so inspired the nineteenth century art critic, John Ruskin.

Brow Cottage is close by as we make our way down the long flight of Radical Steps to follow the riverside path around to our right.

We pass the former site of the town's gasworks and catch a glimpse of the Old Mill House TOWN Old Market Kirkby on our right before The Island comes into view in the centre of the river channel.

Continuing ahead we catch sight in the distance of Devil's Bridge with its three ribbed arches and soon pass the Mill Ayre site for wildlife.

Our pathway has a concrete surface that soon becomes gravel as we head towards a metal kissing gate and beyond the gate there are cricket and soccer pitches on our right hand side.

The Cross at The impressive stonework of Devil's Bridge spans the River Lune between trees, shrubs and grassland on both banks.

Local folklore claims that the bridge was built by the Devil who was approached by an elderly lady asking permission to cross the bridge in order to look after her cow.

The Devil demanded payment in the form of the first soul to cross the bridge but he was outwitted by the old woman who sent her dog across first.

A picnic area beside the bridge offers a chance to relax and savour this superb setting before we head along Bridge Brow towards the A65 road. Within a few yards we pass public toilets and then turn right along the public footpath between metal fences on both sides. …

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