Country Life’s columnist Agromenes laments the closure of the path along to Ruskin’s View in Kirkby Lonsdale.
Wordsworth wrote of its beauty, Turner gloriously painted it, Ruskin called it one of England’s loveliest views and now none of us is allowed to see it. The vista from Kirkby Lonsdale down across the River Lune in Cumbria has attracted visitors for centuries, but the town council has been forced to close off the viewing path because it is too dangerous to use.
The succession of severe storms has so eroded the river banks that £1 million worth of work is needed if we are to see what Ruskin saw when he wrote: ‘Whatever moorland hill, and sweet river, and English forest foliage can be seen at their best is gathered there. And chiefly seen from the steep bank which falls to the stream side from the upper part of the town itself… I do not know in all my own country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine, or a more priceless possession of true “Holy Land”.’