South of the pretty market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, along the B-road that winds gently towards Carnforth, stands picturesque Arkholme with its range of traditional and modern Lancashire properties.
A scattering of houses together with a pub, primary school, village hall and Methodist chapel line the main street, and a quiet lane bordered by more village homes tracks east towards the medieval parish church of St John’s and to the ancient ford that crosses the river below. Much of Arkholme’s housing stock consists of traditional stone-built cottages together with a handful of bungalows, as well as some imaginative conversions and new-build homes which reflect local Lancashire building styles.
It’s a village full of character with access along the B6254 to the impressive amenities of Kirkby Lonsdale (5.5 miles), as well as the historic city of Lancaster (12.5 miles) where the west coast mainline provides frequent high-speed rail links to Manchester and beyond.
Arkholme’s award-winning village hall was constructed in 2002 as a modern replacement for the previous building which had reached the end of its useful life. Today the hall acts as the hub of the community and is a flexible venue for a wide range of events from village concerts and seasonal celebrations to private weddings and birthday parties. It’s a wonderfully light, bright and spacious building with lots of parking and an adjoining playing field.
The village school, Arkholme C of E School, is located next to the village hall and provides educational facilities for 80+ primary-age children from neighbouring villages as well as those who live in one of the family properties in Arkholme.
Nearby Kirkby Lonsdale is a thriving market town, boasting a wide range of independent shops, a Booths supermarket, local services including a library, surgery, dental practice, churches and post office, plus plenty of cafés, pubs and restaurants. High-performing secondary school, QES, draws pupils from a broad catchment area and provides a comprehensive education right through sixth form. Selective grammar schools for both boys and girls can be found in Lancaster.
Arkholme is well placed for exploring the outdoors too – the surrounding countryside is criss-crossed with public footpaths and there are lots of opportunities for cycling on quiet lanes. The village is situated halfway along the Lune Valley Ramble which stretches from Lancaster all the way to Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.
It’s a lovely spot for a new home. House-hunters seek out Arkholme because of its old-fashioned village charms, complete with village school, pub and community hall. But residents also benefit from its proximity to Kirkby Lonsdale and the excellent road links which make it possible to commute to Lancaster and the wider north-west region from all properties in Arkholme.