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Appleby in the Lake District National Park

Appleby, once the county town of Westmoreland, sits in a great setting in a loop of the tree lined river Eden overshadowed in the eastern distance by the Pennines. At either end of it's attractive, wide main street, Boroughgate, the High Cross and Low Cross mark what were the boundaries of the old Appleby market. The town had been given a royal charter in 1174. The High Cross bears the inscription 'Retain your loyalty, preserve your rights', and dates from the 17th Century. It was once the site of a cheese market. The Low Cross is an 18th Century copy. Boroughgate is the heart of the town, sweeping down the hill from the castle to the parish church.

At the north end is the Moot Hall,a 16th century building with a plaque above the door dated 1596, and now used as the Tourist Information Centre.

The avenue of mature lime trees, planted in the 1870's is flanked by well-kept properties dating back to the 17th century.

Appleby Castle was built in the 11th century and later restored by Lady Anne Clifford in the mid 17th century.

Appleby has a railway station on the Settle-Carlisle Railway. It is on or near to the Cumbria Cycle Way, the Westmorland Way, the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast Walk.

The world famous Appleby Horse Fair in June of every year has existed since a charter in 1685 and attracts visitors and exhibitors from all around the world.

In mid July the town holds a carnival and sports events. In Early August there is an agricultural show and earlt september hosts the Appleby and District Gardeners Society show.

The charming church in Appleby is also worth visiting. Both Lady Anne and her mother, Lady Margaret, are buried in St Lawrence's Church. Lady Anne Clifford, lived at appleby castle and devoted much of her time to restoring the neglected estates, castles and churches in the area. She build the almshouses, now called the Hospital of St Anne, near the Castle entrance which are still maintained by a trust fund set up by her, to provide accommodation for 13 poor widows from the castle estate.

Nearby Penrith with its Castle, and the impressive castle at nearby Brough are worth a visit.

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