About Kirkby Lonsdale

There are many riverside and country walks in the Kirkby Lonsdale district and Devil's Bridge over the River Lune is one of the particular features of interest. It’s over 600 years old and local legend has it that the Devil appeared to an old woman with the promise of building the bridge in exchange for the first soul that would cross over it. When the bridge was finished, the woman threw bread over the bridge and her dog ran after it and so outwitted the Devil!

Devils Bridge Kirkby Lonsdale
The remarkable Devils Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale over the River Lune

A number of  large stones in the Kirkby Lonsdale district, including the Great Stone of Fourstones, are ascribed to the purse-strings of the Devil bursting open as he carried masonry to build the bridge.  These days the medieval Devil's Bridge is a scheduled ancient monument and renowned as a meeting place for motorbike enthusiasts on Sundays.

St. Marys Church Kirkby Lonsdale

It’s also well worth visiting St.Mary's Church in Kirkby Lonsdale which boasts fine carved columns and dates back to 11th century Norman times. The view of the River Lune from St.Mary's churchyard is known as Ruskin's View as John Ruskin was a great fan and it‘s been painted by Turner. Ruskin so loved it that he wrote: "I do not know in all my own country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine”.

A two-day Victorian Fair is hosted most years in unspoilt Kirkby Lonsdale. The streets are closed to traffic and instead filled with traders' stalls, craft demonstrations and entertainment. Visitors to the annual fair are encouraged to wear Victorian dress. You can keep up to date with events in Kirkby Lonsdale via Your Guide 2 the Lake District's events pages.