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Ruskin's view looking out over the River Lune to Barbon Low Fell - a scene painted by JMW Turner
Ruskin's view looking out over the River Lune to Barbon Low Fell - a scene painted by JMW Turner

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Route No. 689 - Saturday 23 September 2017
Market Square, Main St, St Mary's Church,
Ruskin's View, Radical Steps or Mill Brow to R. Lune,
Devil's Bridge, Footpath to Jingling Lane - 3km
Kirkby Lonsdale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Areas


Setting off from the Market Square along Main Street with the family including Max the dog
Setting off from the Market Square along Main Street with the family including Max the dog

The Market Square, map ref. SD 611 786
The Market Square, map ref. SD 611 786

. . . but for the purpose of this route description I'm going to start at the Market Square in Kirkby Lonsdale. From the Market Square we walked along Main Street where the ladies took an interest in the boutiquey fashion shops. At the end of Main Street we made a sharp left turn into Market Street.

This weekend we are having a family gathering in a large holiday cottage in Kirkby Lonsdale. This Saturday morning we managed to get all of us on a very pleasant family stroll through Kirkby Lonsdale and along the side of the River Lune. Obviously we actually started from our holiday cottage . . .

Making our way along Main Street from the Market Square
Making our way along Main Street from the Market Square

Turning left at the end of Main Street into Market Street
Turning left at the end of Main Street into Market Street

Walking along Market Street
Walking along Market Street

The restored gates into the churchyard
The restored gates into the churchyard

Stone coffin at the corner of the church
Stone coffin at the corner of the church

There is a plaque at the gates noting that the gates were restored in 2009 including the unusual self closing and self-centering hinges. We followed the public footpath across the churchyard to the church, St Mary's, where there is an old stone coffin at the corner of the building.

Between 'The Sun Inn' in Market Street and 'The Spotty Hen' (clothing shop that took us some time to pass), we turned right off Market Street into Church Street. This short street ends at the gates to the churchyard.

About to turn right at the Sun Inn into Church Street
About to turn right at the Sun Inn into Church Street

Self closing & self centering hinges on the gates
Self closing & self centering hinges on the gates

Sundial in the churchyard
Sundial in the churchyard

The Parish Church of St. Mary in Kirkby Lonsdale
The Parish Church of St. Mary in Kirkby Lonsdale

Path from the churchyard to Ruskin's view
Path from the churchyard to Ruskin's view

Ruskin's view over the River Lune
Ruskin's view over the River Lune . . .

Tower in the churchyard by the Radical Steps
Tower in the churchyard by the Radical Steps

Turner's painting was sold to a private buyer for over £200,000 in January 2012. After enjoying the view for a few minutes we returned along the footpath to the churchyard at the top of the 'Radical Steps', so named on account of the political views of the builder.

We continued past the church and across the churchyard to a path high above the River Lune. We turned left and walked about 30m along this path to some seats overlooking Ruskin's view. This is a scene that was painted by JMW Turner.

Seats by the path at Ruskin's view
Seats by the path at Ruskin's view

Ruslin's view over the River Lune
. . . Ruskin's view over the River Lune

The Radical Steps down to the River Lune
The Radical Steps down to the River Lune

St. Mary's Church seen from the path leading to the Swine Market
St. Mary's Church seen from the path leading to the Swine Market

Poignent grave of an unknown man drowed in the R. Lune
Poignant grave of an unknown man drowned in the R. Lune

Nearing the alley from the churchyard to the Swine Market
Nearing the alley from the churchyard to the Swine Market

Crossing the old Swine Market to Mill Brow
Crossing the old Swine Market to Mill Brow

When we reached the corner of the churchyard we followed the path through a narrow cobbled alleyway into the old Swine Market square with a market cross at its centre. We crossed the little square and turned left to walk down a steep narrow lane called Mill Brow.

The younger, fitter members of our family went down the steps to meet us on the river bank. The rest of us continued on the path along the edge of the churchyard. There is a poignant grave stone by the path recording the death by drowning of an unknown young man thought to be Italian.

Poignent grave of an unknown man drowed in the R. Lune
Poignant grave of an unknown man drowned in the R. Lune

Cobbled alley from the churchyard to the Swine Market
Cobbled alley from the churchyard to the Swine Market

Walking down Mill Brow to the River Lune
Walking down Mill Brow to the River Lune

At the bottom of Mill Brow we joined the rest of the family who had walked along the riverside from the Radical Steps
At the bottom of Mill Brow we joined the rest of the family who had walked along the riverside from the Radical Steps

Riverside path looking across to the long island in the river
Riverside path looking across to the long island in the river

The river merges into one channel at the end of the island
The river merges into one channel at the end of the island

The Devil's Bridge over the River Lune
The Devil's Bridge over the River Lune

At the bend the whole River Lune is all in one channel again. Below the path the river has a shingle beach for most of the remaining 300m to Devil's Bridge. The agile members of the family picked their way along the beach to the rocky outcrops at Devil's Bridge.

At the bottom of the hill we joined the river side path where the rest of the family were waiting next to an information board. At the river side path we turned right and walked beside the river. It is only part of the river flowing round the south of a long island that stretches from Ruskin's view for about 400m to a bend in the river.

Riverside path looking across to the long island in the river
Riverside path looking across to the long island in the river

Waiting for the stragglers/explorers to catch up
Waiting for the stragglers/explorers to catch up

The exploring family members on the shingle beach
The exploring family members on the shingle beach

Kissing gate from the riverside path to Bridge Brow at the Devil's Bridge
Kissing gate from the riverside path to Bridge Brow at the Devil's Bridge

Watching the fast flowing river in its rocky channel below the bridge
Watching the fast flowing river in its rocky channel below

About 100m downstream there is the road bridge carrying the A65 over the River Lune. We returned to Bridge Brow at the end of the Devil's Bridge and turned left off the road through a stone squeeze stile into a field. The field is mown and used as a picnic area.

We all passed through the kissing gate on to the road called Bridge Brow and turned left to walk onto the bridge and look at the river. It's a lovely setting. There is something fascination about the fast flowing river tumbling through the rocky channel.

River Lune flowing towards the Devil's Bridge
River Lune flowing towards the Devil's Bridge

Bridge carrying the A65 over the River Lune
Bridge carrying the A65 over the River Lune

Stile from Bridge Brow into the picnic field
Stile from Bridge Brow into the picnic field

Start of the path from Bridge Brow up to the town
Start of the path from Bridge Brow up to the town

Heading back up to the town
Heading back up to the town

Here we turned left and walked along Jingling Lane, past the public toilets on our left to return to the Market Square where there is a market every Friday. The Market Square is the end of our walk. The whole route was only 3km but it took almost two hours with the whole family.

We walked up the field next to Bridge Brow for about 100m to a pedestrian gate back on to the road. We crossed the road and continued along a public footpath opposite climbing gently up the hill side back to the town. We continued along this footpath crossing under Lunefield Drive to the end of Jingling Lane.


We crossed Bridge Brow to join the path back up to the town

Heading back up to the town
Heading back up to the town

Passing under Lunefield Drive near the top of the climb
Passing under Lunefield Drive near the top of the climb

Walking along Jingling Lane to the Market Square & the end of our walk
Walking along Jingling Lane to the Market Square & the end of our walk

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