Another Tour of Britain bike ride kicks off this weekend and will pass through the south east of Cumbria and the Eden Valley on the 10th of September. Read on for our location guide for the Cumbrian leg! And don't forget to book a cottage nearby.
Estimated time: 1.18pm
Brough is a small village in the Eden Valley. Despite it's small size, it used to be an important coaching town in the 18th and 19th centuries, boasting a whopping 10 or more inns! There's a lot of history bundled into this tiny collection of houses, with a church and castle ruins that date back to the 1100's, evidence of an old Roman fort, and connections to Lady Anne Clifford, who rebuilt the castle 300 years after it was first destroyed by fire! The long-distance footpath, Lady Anne’s Way, passes through Brough on its 100-mile journey between Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales and Penrith.
Brough hosts numerous events throughout the year with a Hound and Terrier Show in mid-June, the Brough Agricultural Show in August, and a farmers' market on the third Saturday of every month. There is also a delicious ice cream parlour right next to the castle ruins that serves luxury, home-made food. Perfect for when you're waiting for the cyclists to whizz by!
Estimated time: 1.30pm
Kirkby Stephen is historic market town is a dream of cobbled streets, quaint houses, and interesting shops. Idyllically surround by the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and North Pennines, the surrounding views are of rolling hills and sheep-studded fields. Settled by Vikings around the 10th century, the name Kirkby is a Norse and means 'church centre' and the church itself, built of local red sandstone, is known as the ‘Cathedral of the Dales’ because of its size and beauty. At 8pm in the evening, the 'Taggy' bell is still rung and, legend goes, if the children aren't home by then, the Taggy man will get them!
Thanks to the River Eden running through the town, there is a lot of milling history in the area and a manor house has stood in the town since before records began. If you're a fan of legends, you may also want to head to nearby Pendraggon Castle, said to have been founded by Uther Pendragon, the father of King Arthur!
Browse through our holiday cottages near Kirkby Stephen.
Estimated time: 1.58pm
Sedbergh is known as England's Book Town thanks to two bookshops and lots of book 'outlets' throughout the town. You can get books at Fairfield Mill, books at an unused bus stop, and books at book cafes... they're everywhere!
But it's not all about the books in Sedbergh. This town has lots more on offer with gorgeous streets, incredible views of the Howgills, a historic Quaker meeting house, and lots of wonderful walks. Whilst you wait for the cyclists to pass through, why not take a fairly gentle, one mile walk along the river and up Winder Fell? Or, alternatively, head to Akay Woods along the River Rawthay. This was the site of a fine Georgian house and orangery, though now only some remnants of walls and mosaic floor remains.
Estimated time: 2.27pm
Sat on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and flanked by Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire, Kirkby Lonsdale is a quaint town with narrow streets, cobbled roads, and quality independent shops. It is also the famous location of Turner's painting, Ruskin's View, and Devil's Bridge. This ancient monument spanning the River Lune is said to include the Devil's handprint and is the fabled location where an old lady is said to have outwitted the fallen angel!
Within the town itself is St Mary's Church, which hosts three magnificent Norman columns similar to those found in Durham Cathedral; The Vault, where you can learn more about Kirkby Lonsdale's history; and pretty Salt Pie Lane. It is also well-known for its delicious eateries!
Take a look at our holiday cottages in Kirkby Lonsdale.
Estimated time: 2.56pm
On the edge of the Lake District and just a few miles from the M6, Kendal is often seen as the gateway to the Lake District. It is perhaps most famously known for the wonderfully sugary Kendal Mint Cake, used by Sir Edmund Hillary and Chris Bonnington on their ascents of Everest. But there's lots more to explore in Kendal, too! There are five wonderful shopping arcades, two castles, a weekly farmer's market, and lots of historically-interesting buildings. If you love your art, don't miss out on the Abbot Hall Art Gallery or, for an insight into the rural history of the area, head to the Museum of Lakeland Life.
There's plenty to keep you occupied while you wait for the cyclists to reach the finish line on this leg of the Tour of Britain 2019!
Browse our cottages in and around Kendal.
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