APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND

Once the county town of Westmorland and now in Cumbria, Appleby is one of the most attractive small towns in the north of England. Boroughgate, which leads from Appleby Castle down to St. Lawrences Church is a broad tree-lined avenue, with interesting buildings on either side.

The castle is a motte and bailey type dating from the 12th century, although not open to the public. It was restored in the 17th century by Lady Anne Clifford along with her other castles in the area , notably Brough, Brougham and Pendragon Castle in the dale of Mallerstang. Lady Annes tomb lies in St. Lawrences Church. The organ in the church is thought to be the oldest in the country and was formerly in Carlisle Cathedral.

In June each year, Appleby is home to a Gypsy Horse Fair, the largest in the country. It has been held for the past three hundred years and is an amazing spectacle, watching the horses being put through their paces on the Long Marton road, or being washed in the River Eden in the middle of the town.

In July an international jazz festival is held over a period of three days attracting musicians and fans from all over the world.

There are a couple of hotels in Appleby and any number of pubs in which to enjoy a drink and a meal.There is a large indoor heated swimming pool in the town and an attractive 18 hole golf course.