Market town’s important past

Village views' Milnthorpe.'
Village views' Milnthorpe.'

Milnthorpes, an ancient market town near Kendal, is one of Cumbria’s hidden gems.

Its narrow lanes and fascinating limestone buildings are steeped in history. The market square, just off the A6, is bordered on three sides by a variety of shops and businesses. On the fourth side are green lawns and trees leading up to the striking 19th Century church of St Thomas.

In Medieval times Milnthorpe was one of the most important market towns in the area. King Edward III granted it its market charter in 1334 and these days Milnthorpe’s market is as popular as ever.

Over the years Milnthorpe’s industries have included comb-making, farming and tourism. It has long been a popular stop-off point for coaches en route to the Lake District.

Today visitors enjoy Milnthorpe’s eateries, B&Bs, independent shops, market and stunning landscape.Nearby attractions include the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Levens Hall and Topiary Gardens, the Heron Theatre and Heron Corn Mill. A few miles along the coast is the stunning estuary town of Arnside with its grand Victorian villas, cosy pubs, variety of local businesses and endless walking opportunities.

You won’t regret exploring the charming market town of Milnthorpe.