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Ruskins View, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

From the north east corner of St Mary’s churchyard in Kirkby Lonsdale is Church Brow, a promenade high above the River Lune. From there is a lovely panorama over the River Lune and the surrounding hills that was painted by JMW Turner in 1822, a work which so impressed the art critic and social thinker John Ruskin that he wrote, “I do not know in all my country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine.” He subsequently described the view as “one of the loveliest views in England, therefore in the world.” Hence, it is known as Ruskin’s View. You can walk to the river down the Radical Steps from here, and on to the Devil’s Bridge.

Location/Address: Access from St Mary's Churchyard
off Market Street
Kirkby Lonsdale
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA6 2AX
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Tip/Nearby: See when visiting St Mary's Church or as part of a walk
Primary Management: Local Authority
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