Bed & Breakfast in Cumbria

Appleby in Westmorland is a pretty small market town and the historical capital of Westmorland. Since 1974 it has been called Appleby in Westmorland in a bid to keep alive a memory of the county of Westmorland following the creation of Cumbria as a county. Appleby is very attractively situated beside the River Eden.Appleby

Lady Anne Clifford spent much of her time restoring her castles and churches in the area. Her work is much in evidence at Appleby Castle which is well worth a visit. It is a motte and bailey castle which boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps in England. Both Lady Anne and Lady Margaret, her mother, are buried in St Lawrence’s Church. Lady Anne built the beautiful little alms houses which are now called Hospital of St Anne near the castle entrance.

Appleby has a very wide main street called Boroughgate, described as the finest in England. It runs from the cloisters beside the church to the castle entrance. In the centre is the Moot Hall with a plaque above the door dated 1596.

Appleby castleThe town has a railway station on the Settle Carlisle Railway line. It is a good place to see the steam trains pass by.

Appleby is famous for its annual horse fair which was set up by charter in 1685 as a fair for horse trading, it runs for almost a week ending on the second Wednesday in June. It’s the largest of its kind in the world and attracts a huge gathering.

There are many places of interest close to Appleby; Pendragon castle is a small but atmospheric castle situated in the Mallerstang valley close to the source of the Eden and wild Boar Fell. It has been derelict since the late 17th century. Brough Castle, just outside Brough is also a ruin but has well maintained small grounds to walk around and a café and ice cream parlour.

Other interesting places nearby include Rutter Falls, a lovely peaceful waterfall in a delightful rural setting.

Mrs Christine Tucker
Kirkby Thore Hall, Kirkby Thore, Cumbria, CA10 1XN
Email: stay@kirkbythorehall.co.uk :: Telephone: 017683 62989 :: Mobile: 07549 235008

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