Appleby Tourist Information

The old market town of Appleby and the surrounding areas are for those looking for a taste of “the great outdoors”. Here are the lush farmlands of the Eden Valley together with the wild moorlands of the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales plus Nature's masterpieces of the Lake District fells and the lake of Ullswater on whose shores Wordsworth was inspired to write “Daffodils”, the most famous of his poems.
It's an area for family walks, long distance walks, mountain biking and the classic cycle rides of, The Sea to Sea, Walney to Wear and Whitby, and the Pennine Cycleway.
Not too far away is Hartside Pass which climbs to almost 2000 feet to give magnificent views as far as the Solway Firth and the Lake District mountains of Helvellyn, Great Gable and Skiddaw. Pause to enjoy these scenes at England's highest café and a popular meeting point for motorcyclists.

Appleby is renowned for its annual Horse fair. This is a 300 year old traditional gathering held in June of the country's gypsy families who come to buy and sell horses and ponies. The river washing of the animals in preparation for sale is a colourful event and draws large crowds.
Appleby is also a station stop on the historic engineering marvel of the Settle to Carlisle Railway whose steam train excursions along this incredible route are major crowd pullers.

It's an interesting town which belonged to Scotland until ownership was transferred to England in 1092. Unfortunately this had little effect on the security of the inhabitants and in the late 14th C it was almost destroyed in a cross border raid.
The main street of Boroughgate descends from the 17th C monument of High Cross past neat stone cottages to an 18th C replica at the lower end of the street. A Tourist Information Centre, once the Moot Hall, stands in the middle of the street a short way from the Gothic arch entrance to the medieval church of St. Lawrence. A 12th C castle, long associated with the philanthropic Clifford family is at the top of Boroughgate. (not open to the public).
Guided tours of Appleby Castle. Visitors will be able to see the Norman earthworks, the Great Hall, dining room and state bedrooms. Tickets available from Appleby Tourist Information Centre.

The Dales Highway stretches for 90 miles between Appleby in Cumbria's Eden Valley and Saltaire in West Yorkshire. It is regarded as one of the most scenic and pleasurable walks in the country. Both Appleby and the nearby village of Ravenstonedale are ideal stopovers for those either beginning or completing the walk where there's a choice of overnight or longer stay bed and breakfast accommodations in one of Cumbria's most beautiful and unspoiled regions.
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Appleby is a pleasant unrushed community of charm and tradition. Its shops, stores, restaurants and cafés provide a good selection of goods and necessities and visitor accommodation is both plentiful and popular both in the town and surrounding districts. Reservations are recommended to be made well in advance especially during the summer season when festivals and shows in Appleby and neighbouring areas are in full swing.

How to get there:

By rail: Appleby is one of the stations on the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway.

By road: Reach us on the A66 from the A1; Or leave the M6 at J38 and follow the A685 to Brough to join the A66, Or, leave the M6 at J40 and take the A66.

Gothic Arch, Appleby.

Bridge, Appleby.

St. Lawrence, Appleby.

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Appleby Castle
The site is is a private residence and not open to the public.

Hazel Dene Garden Centre and Tearoom
Situated along the Settle to Carlisle railway, the garden centre offers an extensive selection of seasonal plants and garden furniture.
The tearoom offers freshly prepared food, cake and scones.
Situated between Penrith and Appleby.
Phone: +44 (0)1768 882520

Acorn Bank Garden
A National Trust garden with a walled herb garden of 250 species of culinary and medicinal herbs - the largest in the north of England.
Phone: (0)1768 361893

Appleby Horse Fair
Said to be the largest event of its kind in Europe and attracting upwards of 50,000 visitors. Held in June.

Carlisle/Settle Railway
Appleby is a station stop on this famous railway route. The late Reverend Eric Treacey of Wakefield, well known for his railway photography, said that York Minster, Hadrians Wall and the Settle – Carlisle Railway were the three main man- made Wonders of the World.

The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line Guided Walks have something for all ages and abilities.
Cross Fell, the highest section of the Pennine Chain and named as “England’s last Wilderness” is a rewarding climb and walk plus many other less demanding ones in the area. The area is perfect terrain for activity holidays.

Lacys Caves, Little Salkeld
These are 5 chambers on the side of the River Eden carved out by one Colonel Lacy who is also known for his attempt to blow up the stones of the Long Meg Stone Circle. The Colonel used the caves to entertain guests from an extensive wine cellar.

Long Meg and her Daughters (Little Salkeld)
One of the best surviving Stone Circles with 69 stones. Legend has it that Long Meg was witches who together with her 69 daughters were turned to stone for denying the Sabbath. The Circle is said to hold magic powers and so it is not possible to count the same numbers of stones twice, but if you do so then the magic spell will be broken. William Wordsworth wrote” next to Stonehenge it is beyond dispute the most notable relick(sic) that this or probably any other country contains”
See Wordsworths poem written in 1822, “Monument Commonly Called Long Meg”.

Little Meg
Situated a few hundred yards from Long Meg and is probably the smallest stone circle in Cumbria.

Dalemain House, near Penrith
Lovely House and Gardens.

You won’t find much better anywhere.

Appleby is close to Pennine and Cumbrian Cycle Way routes and Wainwrights Coast to Coast.

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Food and Drink

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Morris Minor Travel
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Our range of vehicles comprise a 4 seater licensed Hackney taxi, together with 8, 11 and 14 seat minibuses.
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