Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria – Town Review

Review of the town

A Brit Visited: Saturday, 28 April 2018

Kirkby Stephen main street

Written Kirkby, but pronounced Kirby – you can impress the locals if you drop the silent K in the middle of Kirkby Stephen’s name. The same applies in nearby Kirkby Lonsdale and Kirkby Thore too.

The town is an ancient market town set in the Eden Valley and set between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District, with both in easy reach. Its wide streets offer free parking for between two and three hours, with a a traditional car park set just off the main street.

There are numerous walks which start and finish in the town, from a relaxing stroll, to climbs to the tops.

In town, there are plenty of places for coffee and lunch, plus some pubs for the evenings. I choose the Pink Geranium for a welcome pot of tea.

Kirkby Stephen is clean and tidy and makes an ideal jumping off point for the area.

If you are in to heritage railways, the Stainmore rail centre is open at weekends. The main station at Krikby Stephen is on the famous Settle-Carlisle line, considered to be on of the best rail journeys in Britain. Be aware, that the station is about 1.2 miles from the town.

The Pennine View Campsite less that a mile from the centre, offers space for motor-homes and caravans. Check the review of Pennine View here.

Plenty of information is available at the tourist information centre, which is right in the middle of town.


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