We always say we’re perfectly placed in Kirkby Stephen as it’s only a short drive to the Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and to the North Pennines – we basically have natural beauty in every direction.
This week the Lake District National Park was officially awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, which is a pretty prestigious recognition, joining the iconic Taj Mahal, Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as an internationally acclaimed destination.
Meanwhile on the other side of the M6 the Yorkshire Dales National Park extended it’s boundaries to include the Howgills and much of the area close to Pennine View Park. In fact the boundary wall of the Pennine View is now also the boundary wall to the Yorkshire Dales National Park – so we really are being truthful when we say ‘your gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’.
There has been much discussion as to what to call this new section of the National Park (mainly due to the fact it takes in mostly Cumbrian land and we couldn’t possibly be associated with Yorkshire!). However the powers that be have concluded that the ‘Westmorland Dales’ is the name we shall be proud of – so of course we are having ‘Westmorland Dales Day’ in celebration.
So if you are visiting Kirkby Stephen on 30th July you can look forward to Breakfast at the Masonic Hall, Motoring memories, Artisan & Craft Market, Owl displays, Kirkby Stephen Silver Band, Westmorland Clog Dancers, Afternoon Tea, Cumbria Classic Coaches, Fun Runs and guided walks through Hartley, Kirkby Stephen and Smardale Gill.
More information can be found at www.kirkby-stephen.com/whatson
Welcome to the Westmorland Dales! 🙂