A traditional market town of historic buildings, cobbled yards, quaint corners and interesting shops, ideally located in the beautiful Upper Eden valley, formerly the old county of Westmorland, now Cumbria. This is an area of Cumbria much less well known than the Lake District, but equally appealing. It is surrounded by a landscape of pastoral rural scenery and wild uplands and offers breathtaking views in every direction. Remotely located from large towns and population centres, Kirkby Stephen has developed a strong and self-sufficient identity and a vibrant sense of community.
Kirkby Stephen has a fascinating history and many interesting old buildings. Kirkby Stephen and the surrounding area boasts many sites of historic interest, including parish churches and castles such as Brougham, Brough, Pendragon and Lammerside.
Within this area there have been stone-age finds in the fields and iron-age settlements have been recorded around the town on high ground. The Romans had a fort called Verterae at Brough that guarded the main east to west route with old roads believed to have come south. Whilst we have no evidence of very early occupation in the town, it is thought that the area known as The Green was the earliest village area prior to Danish settlement.
Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, is ideally situated for holidays in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Pennines, and for Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast walk.This picturesque walk crosses Britain from the St Bees in the west to the North Sea in the east at Robin Hoods Bay by way of three beautiful National Parks. At the Black Bull we are used to the coast to coast walkers needs, your baggage can be moved ahead for you and our accommodation is all ensuite with shower and bath in each bathroom.
A full hearty meal is also readily available.
Kirkby Stephen is centrally located a few miles East of the Northern Pennines in the upper valley of the River Eden. On the A685, joining the A66 interchange at Brough.Scotch Corner and the A1 are 29 miles to the East, Penrith and the M6 junction 41 another 22 miles to the West.Or 12 miles south-west of Kirkby the A685 joins the M6 at junction 38.