A popular path dubbed the ‘world’s most beautiful view’ could be lost forever if money can’t be raised to fund the repairs.
Deep cracks have appeared in an area of Kirkby Lonsdale known as Ruskin’s View. The depth of said cracks, thought to be a result of decades of storms and bad weather, are now causing severe safety concerns.
A survey was recently carried out which indicated that the slope and the path had become unstable and the path was closed to the public for fear it could collapse at any time. Ruskin’s View is accessed from the corner of St Mary’s churchyard in Kirkby Lonsdale. You can follow it easily along Church Brow, above the River Lune.
It is at this point that you should be able to feast your eyes on a breathtaking view of the Lune Valley and Underley Hall. This scene was painted by the artist JMW Turner in 1822 and the picture so impressed the 19th century art critic and poet John Ruskin, that he wrote: ‘I do not know in all my country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine.’