Help us to Save Ruskin's View

We need to raise over £1million to ‘Save Ruskin’s View’ so we can once again enjoy our heritage and treasure it for future generations.

A precious place that is integral to our heritage and community life

We need to raise over £1million to ‘Save Ruskin’s View’ so we can once again enjoy our heritage and treasure it for future generations.

A national treasure that must be saved

We need to raise over £1million to ‘Save Ruskin’s View’ so we can once again enjoy our heritage and treasure it for future generations.

With your help, so far we have raised:

This has been a huge effort from members of the community and visitors, local businesses and brilliant volunteers. The involvement and support that has been demonstrated just shows how important access along the brow is for the community and visitors alike.

‘It’s such an important part of our history and must be part of our future’
Kirkby Lonsdale Resident, May 2022

A view for all generations

Since its closure in September 2021, access to Ruskin’s View has been sorely missed by both residents and visitors alike. We need your help to raise the funds needed to restore and reopen the viewpoint and pathway.

Following recommendations from specialist technical reports, our iconic view point was permanently closed, due to severe erosion and unstable land. Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council (KLTC) and The Friends of Ruskin’s View need your help to raise a minimum of £1m to undertake urgent remedial works to stabilise the area and make the area safe so we can once again marvel where Turner and Ruskin once stood and ‘Save Ruskin’s View’ for future generations.

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Thanks to everyone who came along to our Ladies Lunch Event which raised almost £1500 towards saving Ruskin’s View!

#ruskinsview #saveruskinsview #JohnRuskin #JosephTurner #JMWTurner #poet #artist #art #artistsonInstagram #artisticphotography #KirkbyLonsdale #LuneValley #Cumbria #ydnp #Yorkshire #YorkshireDales #Lancashire #luneValley #placestovisit #theperfectplace #theperfectplacetobe #proposals #ido #ladieslunch #girlsnightout #platos
We have a website!

It’s been a long time coming (with LOTS of work going on in the background) but we are so thrilled to bring you — the digital home of the Save Ruskin’s View Campaign! 

Use our website to find out more about Ruskin’s View, make a donation, check the latest fundraising total, read updates on the campaign, or subscribe to our newsletter!

#ruskinsview #saveruskinsview #JohnRuskin #JosephTurner #JMWTurner #poet #artist #art #artistsonInstagram #artisticphotography #KirkbyLonsdale #LuneValley #Cumbria #ydnp #Yorkshire #YorkshireDales #Lancashire #luneValley #placestovisit #theperfectplace #theperfectplacetobe #proposals #ido @Cumbrialifemag @LakeDistrictCumbria @visitEngland
Interested in Save Ruskin’s View? We’re having a Public Meeting on Friday 20th October in the Lunesdale Hall at 7:00pm. We’ll be talking about:

- the history and significance of Ruskin’s View
- the plans in place to restore access to the public
- and the campaign so far.

There will also be an open Q&A with the Friends of Save Ruskin’s View. See you then!

#saveruskinsview #ruskinsview #johnruskin #jmwturner
Welcoming Matt to the Friend’s of Ruskin’s View as Fundraising coordinator. 
Matt brings a wealth of experience - you may have already met Matt in his role as Director of the Kirkby Lonsdale Poetry Festival. 
Contact Matt for any questions relating to the campaign. Email
Fancy something different?

 As part of the @lakesmusicfest tomorrow Frederik Holm will be leading a Sonic Walk.

Frederik Holm is a guide, conductor, bassoonist and composer.

“Have you ever thought about how you listen or if there are different ways to experience sound? This walk explores the art of listening and how sound affects us. You will hear a variety of sounds on the day and discover some interesting facts about the places we pass by. Come join us for a unique and engaging experience!” LDSM

Information from LDSM detailed below. 

Meeting/End point: Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2AN
Distance: 1.3 miles 
Difficulty: Easy 
Duration: 80 mins (approx.) in time for folk duo performance
Tickets: £12
Sturdy walking footwear, waterproofs and hat are advisable. Dogs welcome but must be kept on leads at all times. Suitable for children over 7 years when accompanied by an adult. Please bring along water, and before booking, make sure to read our full advice and disclaimer on our website
As part of the @lakesmusicfest come along to the Market Square in Kirkby Lonsdale tomorrow 3rd August to see 

The Apple Sellers 
- a free event in support of Save Ruskin’s View (we’ll have our collection buckets out ~ donations would be warmly received) 

11:00 am Thu, 3 Aug 2023
Charter Market, Kirkby Lonsdale

Eclectic influences of Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and the old northern folk legends inspire this distinctive folk duo. Experience their passion for traditional and modern folksong, and great storytelling, popping up across South Lakeland.

Duration: 35 mins (approx.) | Tickets: Free (none required)*
Paddington Piano Trio are performing tomorrow at St Mary’s Church 
Performance: 12:00pm

Organised by @lakesmusicfest 

Haydn                 Trio in C HobXV:27  
Zemlinsky           Trio in D minor Op.3
Beethoven          Trio in D Op.70, No.1 ‘The Ghost’
Kindly supported by the Royal Over-Seas League
The ‘nuanced and powerful’ performances of this exceptional young trio are quickly winning them awards (including the recent Parkhouse Award at the Wigmore Hall) and debuts at Europe’s most prestigious concert halls and competitions. With Haydn’s virtuosic piano writing, Zemlinksy’s lush romanticism, and Beethoven’s game-changing inventiveness, this is a veritable tour de force for piano trio.
Duration: 70 mins (approx.) 
Tickets: £12-£15
~ John Ruskin
Ruskin’s View, painted by English artist JMW Turner in 1822, so impressed the 19th century painter, poet and theorist John Ruskin, that he wrote: ‘I do not know in all my country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine.’

What does Ruskin’s View mean to you? 

#ruskinsview #saveruskinsview #johnruskin #josephturner #jmwturner #poet #artist #art #artistsoninstagram #artisticphotography #kirkbylonsdale #lunevalley #cumbria #ydnp #yorkshire #yorkshiredales #lancashire #lunevalley #placestovisit #theperfectplace #theperfectplacetobe #proposals #ido @cumbrialifemag @lakedistrictcumbria @visitengland

@klbrewery have launched 1822 {the beer created especially for our campaign to Save Ruskin’s View }  in 500ml bottles. Available to buy from @theroyalbarn 

#ruskin #johnruskin #kirkbylonsdale #brewery #localbrewery #community #communitysupport #fundraising #saveruskinsview
She did it ~ 70 miles in one day. Well done Claire you are incredible. What an achievement! If you would like to sponsor Claire and raise money to Save Ruskin’s View please head to her donation page here ——-
🍋🍋A huge Thankyou to Annie and Poppy who held a  lemonade stall this week. Their lemonade was so refreshing the stall raised £158 for Save Ruskin’s View. Thankyou so much girls 🍋 🍋
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The Friends of Ruskin’s View are a volunteer led group with a shared passion for Ruskin’s View. Our aim is turn the moss covered pathway into a community-enjoyed space offering classes in heritage, arts, poetry and wellbeing top of the agenda.

We’re raising funds to help us reopen the pathway; we’re doing well, but we need your help to reach our target.

Working Together

Friends of Ruskin’s View

The Friend’s of Ruskin’s View are working in partnership with Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council, upon a phased restoration of the pathway.

Our utopian proposals will rescue the pathway and re-open a cherished community space with the iconic viewing platform at the heart. These plans will become a reality with support from you, our community and our strategic partners.


Donations can be made online via Just Giving or by using one of our QR codes…


Our Misson

Our mission is to restore and reopen our iconic ‘Ruskin’s View’ and footpath…



We need you to help us be heard and raise funds to re open the access for all…

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Our Heritage

What makes Ruskin’s View so unique?

It is that it is the only viewpoint where Turner and Ruskin both noted its beauty. It’s a heritage masterpiece located above the banks of the River Lune, providing a breath-taking panorama of the Lune Valley.

It was painted by JMW Turner in 1822 and inspired the 19th century art critic, social theorist, painter and poet John Ruskin, who in 1875, proclaimed it as ’One of the loveliest views in England, and therefore the world’. It has become a renowned heritage attraction and an intrinsic part of Kirkby Lonsdale’s story and community, hosting thousands of visitors every year, inspiring countless artists & creatives, and providing a freely accessible space which has benefitted the physical and mental wellbeing of residents for decades.

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