Bridge Street, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria.

Why not treat yourself to a lovely lunch at Bojangles in the beautiful market town of Appleby-in-Westmoreland. From the minute you enter you will be greeted with a warm friendly ‘hello’ and experience the buzz of a popular ‘watering hole’. Your four-legged friend will also be welcomed. Walking around the well decorated premises you will find many beautiful hand painted pictures/canvasses from local artists for sale, always a joy to purchase an individual creation.

The menu is varied and reasonably priced, with a tempting array of foods on offer, ranging from breakfast, light bites including the usual salads, soups to main meals, and it is advisable to book for their Sunday roasts, we haven’t sampled this menu yet, this will be our next visit. Enjoy coffee or a wine, and their cakes are divine! The one disappointment for me is not being able to sip a latte as the only alternative milk on offer is soya and my choice is oat milk. Open daily this is definitely a great place to indulge yourself.

After lunch, hubby and I ambled along the delightful meandering River Eden, crossing the lovely bridge and strolling alongside the river, passing the most stunning array of pink cherry blossom trees. Following the path round takes you along the opposite bank of the river, ending at a small field that in the past has housed a couple of goats, but this time to our surprise and delight a mum and her gorgeous foal. Over the bridge, past the park continuing back to the main road. We were lucky to enjoy Appleby’s Tree art Festival, (takes place April – May) celebrating the importance of the trees to the health and wellbeing of the local community. The riverside art trail showcases local businesses, schools and communities along with workshops and talks. Appleby is home to the last native red squirrel colony and the organisers of the festival worked with students to plant 60 hazel tree saplings, the little scamps favourite. We were lucky to see one scoot up a tree, but not quick enough to get a photo! An enjoyable 40 minutes spent with roughly 3000 steps achieved.

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