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KIRKBY STEPHEN Cumbria England


DSCN0822.JPGDSCN0787.JPGDSCN0823.JPGDSCN0816.JPGDSCN0802.JPGDSCN0805.JPGDSCN0803.JPGDSCN0808.JPGDSCN0804.JPGDSCN0809.JPGDSCN0810.JPGDSCN0811.JPGDSCN0813.JPGDSCN0814.JPGDSCN0818.JPGDSCN0819.JPGDSCN0820.JPGDSCN0825.JPGDSCN0824.JPGDSCN0771.JPGDSCN0769.JPGDSCN0770.JPGDSCN0772.JPGDSCN0774.JPGDSCN0773.JPGDSCN0776.JPGDSCN0777.JPGDSCN0778.JPGDSCN0779.JPGDSCN0780.JPGDSCN0783.JPGDSCN0784.JPGDSCN0785.JPGDSCN0786.JPGDSCN0789.JPGDSCN0793.JPGDSCN0794.JPGDSCN0796.JPGDSCN0797.JPGDSCN0798.JPGThis was my third visit to Kirkby Stephen rail station,in three weeks. The other two were for journey to Kendal and Hawes by Vintage bus. ( See Blogs ).
So at last i came to see Kirkby Stephen. The town is a mile and quarter from the rail station, there was no bus to meet this train, so was prepared to walk. At the front of the station was a sign to town walk or cycle The path was well maintained and down hill most of the way, with great views of the Pennine Hills. The first thing i did on arriving in town , was to partake of a coffee and toasted teacake at Costa. The two main streets High and Market street are mostly buildings from the 17th to 19th century. In Market Square is the Portico which is the entrance to the Parish Church. The first thing i noticed was that the church is shared by Anglican and Roman Catholic communities. The church building is large and known as the Cathedral of the Dales. Inside ,on display is the Loki Stone, a rare relic from the Norse Gods mythology.------- Walking back to Market Street i entered Archway Fish and Chips restaurant for lovely Cod and Chips, and a pot of tea. I decided i needed a longer sit down so called next door to the Black Bull pub for a pint of Bitter. Rested i set off for the River Eden to see Franks Bridge. The bridge is from the 17th century and is a Grade 2 listed building. It is narrow and used by walkers and cyclists, a nice picnic area by the river. This is part of the long distance walk Coast to Coast from St. Bees to Robin Hoods Bay a distance of 190 miles. The walk was devised by Alfred Wainwright. The town is used by walkers as a overnight stop. There is a Hostel in a old church.-------Something that i have never seen before anywhere is the sign post in Kirky Stephen it is in miles and furlongs. Furlongs are a Anglo Saxon measurement of about 220 yards. Today furlongs are used in Horse Racing. Locals call the sign post , the fingers.------ Decorating the town are flags on buildings, these were designed by two local lads. Businesses were given the choice of colour .-----------I had half an hour to fill before catching the bus to the station , so went back to the Black Bull, this time to sit in the garden. The garden is unusual because the tables are made from tree trunks and stone slabs. Children can play using a large blackboard with chalk ,sand pit, and a toy box. The weather had been great, and just before i got a tan, had to catch my bus. It was the vintage bus i travelled on last week to and from Hawes.--------------------- A great day out.

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