The village of Kirkoswald is about 9 miles from Penrith and a short ride of a mile or so from it’s neighbour Lazonby. It is a pretty village complete with a small cobbled market place and some very fine Georgian buildings.
The village derives it’s name from Oswald an ancient King of Northumbria who toured the pagan north in the 7th century and who founded the nearby church of St Oswald. The church itself has a unique feature in that its bell tower is perched on a hill some 200 yards from the church where it was once used to warn of the invading scots. The nearby Kirkoswald castle is now unfortunately a ruin and not open to the public.
A frequent winner of the “Cumbria in Bloom” village contest it boasts two pubs, a shop and post office, the church and a school. Accommodation is available at several local B&B’s, guest houses and a local campsite.