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Ruskin's View and St Mary's Church walk from Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale

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This easy stroll is a wonderful way to see Kirkby Lonsdale and its many delights, the only climb being the '86' radical steps just before you reach Ruskin's view. This short circular walk can be started from any part of the walk and if you want to break off to enjoy Kirkby Lonsdale's many shops, narrow lanes, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, you can. Kirkby Lonsdale is a historic market town, known by many for Devil's Bridge, dating back to around 1370 and Ruskin's view, which he described as the loveliest view in England and therefore the world. The scene has also been painted by Turner. Both these are visited on this short walk. The centre of Kirkby Lonsdale is a mix of elegant well preserved 18th-century buildings and stone cottages built around cobbled courtyards and narrow alleyways with names such as Salt Pie Lane, Horse Market and Jingling Lane.

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What to wear and take on your walk:

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Parking: The walk starts from the parking area on the road that leads down to Devil's Bridge (grid reference SD 614 782). As this is free parking it can fill quite quickly, especially at weekends. There are several other pay and display car parks in Kirkby Lonsdale that can be used and then the walk can either be joined part way round, or simply walk the five or so minutes from the pay and display down to Devil's Bridge.
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Walk distance: 1.5 miles (2.4 Km)
Estimated walk time: 35 minutes
Height climbed: 40 metres
Grade: 1-A: A short walk that is generally very flat
Peaks / summits: None
Map: Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL2 (Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western Area)
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Walk features: Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Hills or Fells, Pubs, Stream or River, Views, Wildlife
Facilities / refreshments: Many pubs and cafes in Kirkby Lonsdale - there is often a refreshment van at Devil's Bridge. Toilets at Devil's Bridge.
Nearest town: Walk starts in Kirkby Lonsdale
Local accommodation: View accommodation close to the start of this walk from Sykes Holiday Cottages or from
Walk Tags: Video walk, Kirkby Lonsdale, Kirkby Lonsdale walk, Devil's Bridge, Ruskin's View, Turner, Radical Steps, Lune, St Mary's Church, Devil's Bridge walk, Ruskin View walk, Francis Pearson, Kirkby Lonsdale market, Yorkshire Dales, Lune valley walk
Video run time: 15 minutes 12 seconds


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Downloads are available in different resolutions for your PC, SmartPhone and other mobile devices and are provided in mp4 format for maximum compapability with a wmv version also available. You also receive a PDF document with the walk details and an Ordnance Survey map extract that you can print out or view on your mobile device. Watch the video on your PC or burn to a CD or DVD to watch on your TV to see in detail the walk before you set off.

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