Things to do nearby Pear Tree Cottage
Food lovers will enjoy Kirkby Lonsdale for its fabulous delis, weekly market and choice of eateries, all hidden in the narrow lanes and historical squares of this delightful town. Visit the larger market town of Kendal to experience Sizergh Castle, the Brewery Arts Centre and Abbott Hall Art Gallery, or travel slightly further to the foot of Windermere for Fell Foot Park, the Lakeland Motor Museum, Holker Hall and Gardens and the Lakes Aquarium.
Kirkby Lonsdale is an attractive market town nestled in the Lune Valley. The town sits on the banks of the river Lune and the lovely cobbled streets are a delight to explore. You will find 17th and 18th Century buildings lining the narrow streets housing some of the many quirky and unusual independent shops the area is known for.
Walking in the area is second to none and much quieter than the busy Lakeland fells, from short strolls, through gentle half day rambles to full on whole day fell walks, all can be found in the locality. The scenery is as varied as the walking, fell and dale, river and wood, field and coast you can explore them all from this great location where Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire meet. The Lune Valley offers many beautiful walks through the pastoral landscape of the valley bottom and up through the rolling hills to Middleton and Barbon fells beyond. Or head west of the river for quiet walks over low hills and woodlands full of bluebells in the spring. From the hills above Lupton you get a beautiful view of Morecombe Bay as well as of the Lakeland fells or climb Farleton Knott and explore the area around it for ancient limestone pavements and lovely views.
A signposted short walk leads you from the beautiful Norman church of St Mary's along the River Lune to the elevated vantage point of Ruskin's View. There you can enjoy the panorama of the Lune Valley as the famous painter and poet John Ruskin and artist JMW Turner have done before you. A gentle stroll further down the river brings you to the impressive medieval Devil's Bridge before looping back into town. Whilst a slightly longer route leaves the village at the Devil's Bridge and follows the river Lune towards the village of Whittington. here you can sample a pint at the Dragon's Head pub and continue the circular route back to Kirkby Lonsdale via Hagg wood and the mill race at Sellet.
The Sheepfolds Project was set up by an internationally acclaimed artist who set about rebuilding and repairing sheepfolds in the local area, many of which were shown on the map but did not exist on the ground. The result has been some 46 beautifully resorted sheepfolds which can be found all over the local area. The local tourist information can recommend walking routes suitable for any ability and interest.
From Kirkby Lonsdale heading east takes you deep into Yorkshire Dales National Park where there are many attractions to visit, how about a walk through the longest show cave in England; White Scar Cave offers an impressive 1-mile tour through a hidden underground world. Thundering waterfalls, mystical rock formations, wonderful mineral "sculptures" and fascinating folklore tales are all part of an engaging exploration through the cave system towards the Battlefield Cavern at the end.
Ingleton Waterfalls trail is a feast for the senses, this breathtaking 4.5-mile circular walk, leads you through a dramatic and changing landscape, offering unusual geology, wildlife and plant life which is why it was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Geologists will enjoy seeing the ancient base rocks that form the Peak District, while nature lovers can take in the rare plants, birds and trees that call this place home. There are picnic spots and viewpoints along the way so why not pack your lunch and make a day of it?
Ingleton open-air heated swimming pool has been in existence since 1933 when it was dug out by a team of local volunteers. It resides in a beautiful setting on the riverside just out of the village and is a delightful place to relax during the summer season. The pool is run by the community and regularly undergoes investment and improvement to keep the facilities in excellent condition for locals and visitors to enjoy. There are some lovely little cafes in the village when you're ready for a refreshment stop too.
You've come to the right place if you're a food lover as this part of the country has a lot to celebrate when it comes to local produce and great culinary talent. If you love genuine artisan cheeses and good quality wines, or just enjoy unearthing great local producers then you must take a trip to The Courtyard on the A65 just before Settle. "Cheesemonger of the year" Andrew Swinscoe owns The Courtyard Dairy, a haven of authentic farmhouse cheeses and other goods, and Buon Vino stocks over 800 wines from artisan makers with great recommendations of bottles to suit your taste. There are some lovely art and design businesses in the Courtyard too and no visit is complete without a sneaky treat in the Brasserie before you leave.
Head west from Kirkby Lonsdale and you will find Levens Hall, renowned for its topiary garden but can also boasting idyllic deer park walks, marvelous Elizabethan interiors and a fascinating collection of contents. This beautiful family home is a hidden gem set in the stunning South Lakes area and having been in the same family for over four hundred years, Levens Hall retains a familiar and informal charm. Enjoy the house and gardens with quizzes, costumes and mazes; not to mention an outdoor play area and a mouth-watering menu in the Bellingham Buttery tearoom. Just up the road from Levens is Sizergh Castle, managed by the National Trust this attractive house is built around a castle tower and the interior reflects its long history, outside are parkland walks and a stunning rock garden.
Within an hour's drive of Kirkby Lonsdale is Windermere, England's largest natural lake, which has a great range of things to do in the various towns and villages around its shore. The most visited is Bowness-on-Windermere, a lakeside holiday resort where you can walk around the bay or enjoy the hustle and bustle of village life with many shops, eateries and attractions. A relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and serenity of the lake is to take one of the Windermere Lake Cruises, use it as a ferry service to visit Ambleside, Wray Castle or Lakeside or just stay on board and enjoy the views. If the weather isn’t too kind, The World of Beatrix Potter, ideally located in the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, offers something for the everyone, from the history of the iconic children’s writer to the wonderful characters that she created. No matter what age, everyone who visits falls in love with the infamous Peter Rabbit and friends.
Head north from Kirkby Lonsdale and a scenic road through the hills takes you to the Dales market town of Sedbergh. Bookworms will rejoice in the good selection of independent and second-hand books shops in this tiny town; there is no wonder it is commonly referred to as "England's Book Town". But it's not just literature that is celebrated here; Sedbergh is proud of its strong connections to the wool industry, and there are many ways in which you can explore its history. Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre makes for an enjoyable and educational visit. Sedbergh has a lively community and some unique independent shops, and with its location at the foot of the Howgills, the town offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy outdoor activities too.