Location and History
The Plough at Lupton has been on its spot since 1760ish, longer than some if not as long as others, and the Inn catered for travellers as a rest stop, just before the turnpike at Cow Brow, on the main road between Kirkby Lonsdale and Kendal. As we are just off Junction 36 of the M6, it still does just that; you don’t have to pay a toll at the cottage any more, but a warm welcome and a good pint of local ale still awaits!
The road side location is an enviable one, not just from a business point of view, but also for the views of Farleton Knott. An ancient local landmark, the Knott was once a beacon hill used to send warning of “Scottish irruptions”. Now the Scots are a bit less volatile, the Knott serves as a good challenge for walkers, fell runners and mountain bikers, with stunning Lakeland and Lune Valley views.
The local town Kirkby Lonsdale, just 4 miles south, is by any stretch of the imagination, a lovely little market town. Kirkby has retained the traditional charm of individual boutiques and antique shops, surrounding the medieval market square ...warning... the credit card may begin to burn.
Here is also Devil’s Bridge, stretched over the river Lune made infamous by the curious story that goes with the name. Other Points of interest are “Ruskin’s View” from the brow behind St Mary's Church, which inspired the artist Turner and the author John Ruskin.
The Lakes of course are just a stone’s throw away, or if you prefer the Yorkshire Dales, they are just 10 miles east and keep going, so we can certainly provide scenery here, you’ll be spoilt for choice!