Why You’ll Love: Kirkby Lons­dale, Cum­bria

Fred­die Pat­more vis­its this quaint Cum­brian town

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Where I went

I whisked my mum off on a leisurely trip up to Kirkby Lons­dale, which is at the south­ern edge of the Lake District, bor­der­ing North York­shire. It’s an adorable lit­tle town filled with fab­u­lous bou­tique shops and laid-back bars and restaurants. I can’t rec­om­mend it enough!

What I did

Merg­ing my love of hik­ing with my closet love of pho­tog­ra­phy is my dream ac­tiv­ity, so I de­cided to take a trip across the county bor­der to the In­gle­ton Wa­ter­falls Trail (in­gle­ton­wa­ter­fall­strail.co.uk) in North York­shire. Its cir­cu­lar walk is only four and a half miles, so it’s not too stren­u­ous, and car­ry­ing a cam­era or two isn’t hard to do. There are just a few steep and slip­pery bits to be mind­ful of.

It’s all worth it, though – some of the most awe­some wa­ter­falls I’ve seen in the UK are here in great num­ber. It’s a thor­oughly re­fresh­ing walk with mag­i­cal scenery and dot­ted along the jour­ney we had a fair few sight­ings of dif­fer­ent wild birds, which you’ll love if you’re an avid twitcher like me.

What I ate

It is with great pride that I re­veal to you I ate ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing on of­fer! A treat on hol­i­day is al­ways on the top of my trav­el­ling to-do list, so fol­low­ing my nose to the lo­cal choco­late shop was an ab­so­lute must. Mum and I were spoilt for choice in­side Cho­co­lat (choco­late mine.co.uk) and hand-pick­ing a se­lec­tion of chocs for posh gift boxes to take home with us seemed to take a life­time – we just couldn’t make up our minds. But, oh my, were they de­li­cious!

Where I stayed

Our accommodation was right in the heart of the town, in the very cosy Sun Inn, which wel­comes both hu­mans and their furry ca­nine com­pan­ions to stay in their 11 up­stairs rooms. There’s a friendly, invit­ing pub down­stairs and tucked away be­hind it is Kirkby Lons­dale’s best-kept se­cret: the Sun Inn’s AA two-rosette-rated restau­rant. We en­joyed four cour­ses of in­cred­i­ble dishes, but I was daz­zled by their crispy-skinned trout with sam­phire and smoked mus­sel veloute, and a cheeky ba­nana par­fait was de­light­fully light for af­ters. If you want a real foodie evening and a truly comfy room, get your­self to The Sun Inn.

Travel de­tails

Kirkby Lons­dale is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by road and rail. The near­est sta­tion is only three miles from the cen­tre of town. Rooms at The Sun Inn start at £115 b&b per night for two peo­ple. Book at sun-inn.info.

Fred­die poses by one of the falls Cob­bled al­leys and stone houses are all part of its his­toric charm Lake

District North

York­shire Kirkby Lons­dale

En­joy a day out at In­gle­ton Wa­ter­falls… You’ll see lots of sheep!

…just watch your step on the stun­ning falls trail walk

Twitch­ers will be richly re­warded…

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