Yorkshire Dales Market Towns
Situated in the heart of Cumbrias' lush Eden Valley, between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park, Appleby is a market town rich in history and surrounded by wonderful countryside making it a honey pot for visitors.
Appleby market square
Appleby was granted its Royal Charter in 1174 and still holds a popular market every Saturday. At the heart of the town is the main street of Boroughgate and visitors here will find a warm welcome in the delightful shops offering locally produced crafts. The street also links the Norman castle and the medieval Church of St. Lawrence.
Originally the County Town of Westmorland Appleby has been inhabited for over 1000 years, it became a part of England in 1092 after which Scottish attacks saw the town virtually destroyed in 1388. The town derives its name from the Old Norse word Apal which means "Apple Tree".
The highlight of the year is the Appleby Horse Fair. Held in June it sees travelling people from all over the country converging on the town to buy, sell and race horses and ponies. Other attractions include the increasingly popular Jazz Festival, held in August.
Appleby is easily accessible by train, lying as it does on the route of the Settle-Carlisle Railway as it makes its way through some of England's most stunning scenery.