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8 - 14 June 2017

Appleby Horse Fair

Travel to Fair


Gypsies and Travellers attending this year’s Fair are being asked not to set off earlier than necessary.  The overriding message is please do not come early to the fair as places to stay are limited and are needed by those who have no vehicular transport.  For those where a staged journey to and from the fair is essential, specifically the horse drawn bow tops, the information on this website should help you to plan your journey and provides information on some of the more popular temporary stopping places, identifies any restrictions that are in place and where appropriate provides information on grazing available for horses.

Road traffic restrictions have been implemented in a small number of areas as a direct result of public feedback from previous fairs. The restrictions only apply to areas where there were problems - they do not apply to all verges or temporary stopping places. There has been no attempt to stop people coming to Appleby Fair, the public agencies who co-ordinate the Fair are asking people to work together to make the Fair easier to manage.

The key facts about the road traffic restrictions are:

  • They do not restrict horses or horse drawn caravans
  • They only apply to verge side areas where there were significant problems in previous years
  • They apply to key areas only and not all verges and temporary stopping places
  • They apply to motor vehicles and caravans only

Plan your journey to Appleby and please respect the temporary stopping places provided. Please ensure you bag up your litter and place it by the roadside for collection.

Traffic Regulation Orders in South Lakeland will be in place from the beginning of May.

Highways and Roads update for Appleby Horse Fair

During the Horse Fair  - Appleby Town Centre

A one way traffic restriction will be applied to Garth Heads Road in Appleby town centre (travelling in a southerly direction) so as to minimise the load applied to a retaining wall weakened by defective utility infrastructure contained within the structure. Permanent repairs will commence in the summer.

A road closure will be in place on the Sands Road in Appleby town centre from 9.30am-6pm on Friday 2, Saturday 3 and Sunday 5 June.

Flashing Lane - Long Marton Road leading onto Dufton

Cumbria County Council is continuing to work to improve public safety at the Flashing Lane, a part of Long Martin Road which is closed during the Fair (from 9.30am-6pm on Friday 3 June, Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June) to prevent the likelihood of conflict between horses and other traffic while the trotting (‘flashing’) of horses takes place.

The public are encouraged not to enter the Flashing Lane, especially the carriageway. However, for those who choose to do so, barriers are in place on the adjacent verge to provide some protection from flashing horses. Anyone who enters the Flashing Lane does so at their own risk and are advised to take extra care for their own safety and that of others.

Other Roads in and Around Appleby

Warning signs have been placed on all major routes approaching Appleby. Highways England variable message signs will display Horse Fair related warning messages from 26 May 2016 to advise motorists to be aware of more horse drawn vehicles in the area.

An advisory 40mph speed restriction will be implemented on the A685 prior to the Bank Holiday in order to address road safety concerns that arise from the encampment that takes place along this road between Brough and Kirkby Stephen.

The ongoing road marking maintenance works in the Appleby area will be completed before the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Public Transport service to Appleby Fair

You can travel to Appleby Horse Fair by public transport the following services will be available:

Settle Carlisle Railway Line

The Settle Carlisle railway line is closed between Appleby and Carlisle following a large landslip near Armathwaite due to last December’s floods; the rest of the line is open.

During the Horse Fair Thursday 2 June to Monday 6 June 2016; Passenger services will be available by rail between Settle and Langwathby.

For Northbound passengers travelling to Carlisle a bus service will be provided from Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle so those passengers wanting to get to Appleby will need to leave the train at Kirkby Stephen.

For Southbound passengers travelling from Carlisle the bus service will run between Carlisle and Langwathby and passengers wanting to get to Appleby will join the train at Langwathby.

No replacement buses will access Appleby town centre due to road closures and this is applicable for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Horse Fair. Please always check before your travel - For up to date information visit the Settle Carlisle Railway website www.settle-carlisle.co.uk

Day Ranger Ticket Now Available

A Settle Carlisle Line Day Ranger ticket is now available. This reduces the cost of travel for many journeys on the Settle Carlisle line. The offer is being introduced to encourage people to travel on the world-famous railway, which remains open while essential repairs are carried out at the northern end of the line between Appleby and Carlisle.

The ticket is valid for one day and has no time restrictions. It will allow passengers to get on and off the train as they wish, travelling in any direction.  Priced at £15.00 for adults and £7.50 for children, this represents great value. Railcard holders (including the local Dales Railcard) will be eligible for a further 1/3 discount.

Bus services

Grand Prix Coaches 563 Service Kirkby Stephen to Penrith

The 563 bus service from Kirkby Stephen to Penrith run by Grand Prix Coaches will be unable to service Appleby Town Centre on Thursday 2, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June due to traffic congestion around the Fair. The service will run directly along the A66 stopping in both East and West bound Lay Bys only. The normal bus service will resume on Monday 6 June 2016. To View the service timetable visit www.grandprixservices.co.uk

Other bus services

Visit Cumbria County Council website to view other bus services to Appleby via http://cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/trans...

Car and Coach parking

For details of car and coach parking see the Traffic Management Map or contact Appleby Tourist Information Centre telephone: 017683 51177.