Visit Kirkby Stephen and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Largely consisting of its main street, this old picturesque market town lies among the moors. The Church of St Stephen dates from Anglo-Saxon times and parts, including the impressive nave, are in the Early English style. The west tower has battlements. Carvings and memorials commemorate the Musgrave and Wharton families. One of the old buildings, now called the Fountain Cafe, dates from about 1650, and is listed as a building of historical interest. It has provided hospitality in some form for travellers during most of its 300 years existence.
Wharton Hall, an Ancient Monument which is now a farm-house, is about 1 ¾ miles South of the town, and the name of this family has a long association with Kirkby Stephen. It is a hall with two cross wings, built in the late 14th or early 15th century. A new great hall was added by Thomas, Lord Wharton, in 1540; he founded a grammar school in Kirkby Stephen in 1566, and the 4th Lord Wharton a Bible Trust. The gatehouse and north-west part of the hall were added about 1559, and the original block was restored in 1785.
Further South is Mallerstang Common, a fertile valley where the River Eden begins, with Wild Boar Fell on the West. This valley has been occupied from the Bronze Age onward. Part way up is Pendragon Castle, and to the East Mallerstang Edge marks the Yorkshire border. There is a tradition that Pendragon was built by the father of King Arthur. It is certainly one of those castles that later belonged to the Clifford family and which were rebuilt by the energetic Lady Anne Clifford of Appleby and Brougham. Recent excavations have yielded pottery in the ruins.
Nearby towns: Appleby-in-Westmorland, Barnard Castle, Brough, Hawes, Sedbergh
Nearby villages: Brampton, Brough Sowerby, Colby, Cotterdale, Coupland, Crackenthorpe, Crosby Garrett, Crosby Ravensworth, Crossdale, Drybeck, Gaisgill, Great Asby, Great Musgrave, Great Ormside, Hartley, Hilton, Maulds Meaburn, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Muker, Murton, Nateby, Outhgill, Ravenstonedale, Sandford, Smardale, Soulby, Tebay, Warcop, West Stonesdale, Winton
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