Welcome to Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria

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Appleby-in-Westmorland lies in a loop of the river Eden and is overlooked by the Pennine range with the Lake District Fells showing on the western horizon, just a few miles away.

The town is an ideal centre for tourists of all types and is the starting point for many dozens of walks over the surrounding fell countryside.

It has kept its old world charm and the people of Appleby are amongst the friendliest you can find. With Castle and Keep at the Brow of the Main Street and the Town at its foot it seems as if time has stood still. A walk up Boroughgate can transport you back into Medieval England, while the charm of the riverside walks provides an opportunity to experience the tranquillity of the countryside within five minutes of the town centre.

Appleby has not been swamped by tourism to the point of strangulation and visitors will find that all the town’s facilities are available to them.

Everyone is welcome here and all the hotels and guest houses do their utmost to make one’s stay as enjoyable as possible.

There are also a lot of pleasant countryside around and about, ideal for a few hours walk or an evening stroll. You can find more information our walking page – or you can just pick up a map and get going.

Appleby developed as the market town of Westmorland after the Norman Conquest, having a strategic position in the Eden valley. It is a picturesque market town with a great deal of interest and charm.

Appleby’s uncommonly wide main street, Boroughgate, has been described as one of the finest in England. It runs from the north end, by the cloisters which were designed by Sir Robert Smirke in 1811, to the south end, by the Castle entrance.

At the north end is the Moot Hall, with a plaque above the door dated 1596. The Moot Hall is the home of the Town Council where the Town Clerk’s office is situated on the first floor next to the ancient meeting chamber where the Council still holds its meetings. On the ground floor is the Tourist Information Centre and exhibition room. The beginning and end of Boroughgate is marked by the ‘Low Cross’ and the ‘High Cross’.  The High Cross bears the inscription ‘Retain your loyalty, preserve your rights’, and dates from the 17th Century. The Low Cross is an 18th Century copy. The avenue of mature lime trees, planted in the 1870’s is flanked by well-kept properties dating from the 17th to the 20th Centuries.

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Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 Rising Star Award Finalist - Richard Bracken of Askham Hall, Penrith Richard started in hospitality at the George and Dragon at Clifton where as trainee manager he particularly shone in the restaurant, developing a passion for wine and gaining wine and spirit qualifications with distinction. Now assistant house manager and sommelier at Askham Hall, he is described as a tremendous asset destined for great things.

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We’re celebrating VisitEngland’s English Tourism Week at Bowlees Visitor Centre from March 25 to April 2. This year the annual event is encouraging people to discover the treasures on your doorsteps. Throughout the week we are encouraging all of our visitors to post photographs from their adventures in Teesdale (and the wider North Pennines) to show just what a glorious place we live and work in, using the hashtag #teesdaletreasures and #ETW17 We’ve teamed up with the Teesdale Mercury to offer all their readers a free scone with every hot drink bought during the week (in exchange for the special coupon). Buy last week's paper to get your coupon and find out more about how your photographs could feature in the paper and our free events. Next weekend (31 March – 2 April) we’re taking you ‘Behind the Scenes at Bowlees’ by putting on three days of FREE events that are designed to give you a real insight into the area. Behind the Scenes at Bowlees – Worth a Thousand Words: This Friday, March 31 (10am-1pm) Simon Wilson from the AONB Partnership will be leading an outdoor art workshop by the picturesque Low Force. Simon, whose landscape paintings have been exhibited throughout the north, will share some of his techniques and also talk about Teesdale's art history. Info & advance bookings - www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/behind-the-scenes-at-bowlees-worth-a-thousand-words/ Behind the Scenes at Bowlees - The Director’s Cut: On Saturday, April 1 (10am-12noon) our Director, Chris Woodley-Stewart, will be leading a walk from Bowlees south, by the Tees and back via Holwick. Throughout the walk he will be talking about the area's geology, archaeology and wildlife. Info & bookings (you can just turn up) – www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/behind-the-scenes-at-bowlees-the-directors-cut/ Behind the Scenes at Bowlees – In Search of Signs of Spring On Sunday, April 2 (11am-12.30pm AND 2pm-3.30pm), Rebecca Barrett will be searching for signs of spring when she leads a short walk around Bowlees quarry looking for the first flowers and listening for birdsong. Info & bookings (you can just turn up) - www.northpennines.org.uk/events-calendar/behind-the-scenes-at-bowlees-in-search-of-signs-of-spring/

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