Visit Ancient Appleby
Tucked in the curve of the Riven Eden is the ancient market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland which is 15 miles from Penrith.
It’s a sleepy, charming town, which has kept its old-world charm.
For several centuries, Appleby was the county town of Westmorland.
With the creation of Cumbria in 1974, the name of the town changed to preserve the ancient county as a reminder of its heritage.
Take a walk up the picturesque main street of Boroughgate, described as one of the finest in England.
Half way up Boroughgate, you will see the attractive almshouses, known as Lady Anne’s Hospital.
To this day, a trust fund set up by Lady Anne Clifford, pays for the maintenance and provides homes for 13 widows.
Undoubtedly, as you wander around, you will be transported back to medieval times, with the peace and quiet of beautiful riverside walks and picnic areas.
Along with the peace and quiet of Appleby, there are 147 listed buildings within one square mile.
Appleby’s Norman castle stands protectively above the town with the church at the bottom.
Most of the castle dates back to the 17th century when Lady Anne Clifford restored it.
Conversely, the castle has an impressive 11th-century keep.
Furthermore, Appleby has links to George Washington, Earl Grey, and Lady Anne Clifford.
Each June, the town host the famous Appleby Horse Fair, the largest horse trading fair in the world.