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Gorgeous market town sits in ‘tranquil countryside’



Planning a staycation in 2024? The Lake District is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations but there’s one market town that’s getting all the attention this year.

The expert team at have shared this year’s most underrated hotspots and there’s a Cumbrian town on the list.

A spokesperson said: “Cumbria remains one of the UK’s most popular destinations for days out and breaks.

“From its bustling settlements to its tranquil countryside, it has topped the rankings in recent years as one of the most favoured counties.”

Around 18 million people visit the Lake District every year but Kirkby Stephen could be the hotspot’s most popular town this year.

The spokesperson said: “The area of Kirkby Stephen remains off the tourist-trodden route compared to some Lake District locations but boasts an equally beautiful and wild setting with spectacular scenery and close proximity to the national park.

“With heritage railways, impressive castles, and gorgeous natural surroundings, it’s hard to think of a reason why not to go to this market town.”

Kirkby Stephen isn’t one of the Lake District’s best-known spots but it’s ideally placed to explore the beautiful national park.

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