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Kirkby Lonsdale - Casterton - Kirkby Lonsdale Walk

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The walk starts in the superb market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, where many a pleasant hour can be spent exploring its delightful hidden alleyways and squares. The route takes you past inviting shops to the churchyard, which is carpeted with daffodils in spring. At the far side, Ruskin's View can be found. The view of the River Lune at this point inspired a painting by Turner and was famously admired by Ruskin ('the finest in all England') - hence the name. 

From here you descend to follow the river all the way to Devil's Bridge, which is a scheduled ancient monument and another of Turner's subjects. A short climb up through fields brings you to High Casterton with its wonderful mellow old stone houses. More fields are traversed before you reach Fellfoot Road. This ancient track gives excellent walking for approximately three kilometres and you can relax and enjoy the stunning views all around. The heights of Bowland, the Lune Valley and the Lakeland Fells can all be seen as you stride along. 

Also of interest along the track are the sheepfold sculptures by the internationally renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy. There are 16 stones in all, each enclosed in its own sheepfold; these form part of the UK Year of Visual Arts in Cumbria Project developed by Cumbria County Council. Eventually you drop down through fields once more to Casterton, a lovely village which also boasts an excellent pub. 

Next, the magnificent building of Casterton Hall is passed before traversing another very old lane, which brings you back to Devil's Bridge and so on up into Kirkby Lonsdale market square.

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