Over the summer I spent around two weeks in Lancashire. Just touching distance from The Lake District, it always seems rude not to head into Cumbria for a day or two. Although if you ask Jack, South Lakes are still part of Lancashire (even though they haven’t been for his entire life). After being told multiple times by his mum that we had to spend an hour to two in Kirkby Lonsdale, we went for a wander one morning and if you’re around that area then you’ve got to take a peek.
Before Jack and I got together (three years ago this week, wowza), I’d never been to The Lake District but in my mind I knew exactly what I wanted it to be. I wanted old towns with tiny side streets. I wanted vast lakes and hills everywhere you looked. I wanted markets, I wanted traditional pubs and honestly, I just wanted it to be beautiful. Whilst Kirkby Lonsdale is on the wrong side of the M6 to feature the lakes, it’s exactly what I wanted from a Cumbrian town.
Whilst my body type may not permit it right now (hence joining the gym), I love exploring towns unknown to me. Had it been a little warmer, and if we’d have put more in the pay and display meter, we probably would’ve spent longer than two hours in Kirkby Lonsdale. It’s a picturesque town with a tiny high street and an incredible church ground. Out of the town and through those grounds, you hit the River Lune. If you’ve got sturdier knees than I do you’ll have no problem walking down the Radical Steps – bringing you out at the Lune itself. Personally I think the view is better from the top, but if you want a longer walk it’s a great starting point.
The Royal is a beautiful hotel just across from the main square with a restaurant downstairs. Dogs permitted, like I’ve noticed much of The Lakes are, I found it very difficult to concentrate on my drink. However, that quickly turned around when the food came out. I opted for a simple fish and chips (go for the small, you definitely won’t need the large) and it was truly something special. The menu isn’t extensive, and it doesn’t come cheap, but it’s worth a look in if you’re in the area.
Our final stop was The Enchanted Chocolate Mine. Hidden in the basement of Chocolat, the chocolate mine tells the story of how chocolate is found. It’s a little weird and only takes a minute or so to step in, so I was happy to do so. If you’re s bit of a Peter Pan lover this may also tickle your fancy, but I won’t spoil this for you just now. Don’t forget to pick up some chocolate buttons on your way out – they’re to die for!
You really only need a couple of hours in Kirkby Lonsdale, but it’s a couple of hours worth spending. It’s been about a month since I was there but I can’t wait to go back again.