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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BECOME A FRIEND OF RUSKIN’S VIEW
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.
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.
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.