Appleby-in-Westmorland is a market town and civil parish in the Eden district of Cumbria. It developed as the market town of Westmorland after the Norman Conquest, having a strategic position in the Eden valley. It is an attractive market town with a great deal of interest and charm.
Lady Anne Clifford devoted much of her time to restoring the neglected estates, castles and churches in the area. Her work is much in evidence at Appleby. In fact, Appleby Castle was her home for a period of time. Both Lady Anne and her mother, Lady Margaret, are buried in St Lawrence’s Church.
Appleby’s uncommonly wide main street, Boroughgate, has been described as one of the finest in England. It runs from the north end, by the cloisters which were designed by Sir Robert Smirke in 1811.
Appleby has a railway station on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, and is a good place to see the steam trains that often pass.
Appleby is on or near to the Cumbria Cycle Way, the Westmorland Way, the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast Walk.
The Appleby Horse Fair, set up by charter in 1685 as a fair for horse trading, runs for a week in June, ending on the 2nd Wednesday in June. Nowadays, it is world famous, the largest of its kind in the world, attracting a huge gypsy gathering.