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2020 Fair will not be held

Appleby Horse Fair

Stopping Places

Please plan your journeys carefully to Appleby Fair 2019 as minor changes have been made to the provision of temporary stopping places detailed below, please check for updates before you travel and don't arrive too soon, the 2019 Appleby Horse Fair takes place from 6-9 June.

In 2019, there will be some important enforcement of restrictions on the A685 road on the outskirts of Kirkby Stephen to improve road and public safety (see map for details).

Please Note for the 2019 Appleby Fair, Makepeace’s Field on Alston Moor will not be available as a temporary stopping place. Gypsies and Travellers who have previously made use of this stopping place are asked to make alternative arrangements. Please do not make any unauthorised use of this land.

Powis Lane A66 to Long Marton - Although not advertised as a tolerated stopping place in recent years Private fields have been used in this area. Please note that the private fields along Powis Lane used over the last four years are not available in 2019. Please do not make any unauthorised use of this land. There will be no parking on verges available in this area in 2019, there are no private fields available. Gypsies and Travellers who have previously made use of these fields as a stopping place are asked to make alternative arrangements.

There are in excess of 80 locations in Cumbria commonly used as temporary stopping places by Travellers on route to and from the fair. Not all are used each year and most give rise to little or no concern. However, previous concerns have been raised at some of the more popular locations, these may for example relate to road safety, environmental issues such as large amounts of waste, and problems with horses.

In liaison with Parish Council’s and landowners, restrictions regarding period of use, designation of areas that can or cannot be used and restrictions on the use of some locations by motorised vehicles have been agreed and approved by the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordinating Group.

The information below identifies some of the more popular locations in Eden and South Lakeland where restrictions have been agreed. Please note that the continued use of these stopping places is subject to occupants abiding to the agreed terms of use displayed on the land, including dates of permitted use.

These temporary sites will be regularly visited by representatives from both Cumbria Constabulary and either Eden District Council or South Lakeland District Councils during the period of occupation.

The need for regulatory control of these sites will be kept under review and if a site is considered to be unacceptable, appropriate action will be taken.

Please note that certain locations along travelling routes to the Fair have Traffic Regulation Orders in place which for road safety reasons, prohibit roadside parking, these areas will be clearly posted and signed.  In particular, within Eden, roadside camping restrictions are in place at Sandford Road End between the A66 and the railway bridge; along certain sections of the A685 between Kirkby Stephen and Brough and along much of Powis Lane, between the A66 and Long Marton Church.

It is an offence to contravene such Orders and action will be taken if parking occurs in contravention of the Order. Where road safety is a concern, especially at junctions where visibility is required this order will also apply to horses or horse drawn caravans.

The Multi Agency Strategic Co-Ordinating Group has published an Encampment Protocol for temporary stopping places. To see full details click here.

The overriding message is please do not come early to the Fair, places to stop on route are limited and are needed by those who have no vehicular transport. It is, however, recognised that horse drawn bow tops have to adopt a staged approach when travelling to the Fair and these overnight stopping places are essential for their journey.

For further details on temporary stopping places where restrictions are in place, please select the relevant site below.


South Lakeland:

The dates that the temporary stopping places will be permitted from in the South Lakeland area are (pre-fair) Tuesday 28 May to Thursday 6 June 2019 and (post-fair) Monday 10 June until Friday 14 June 2019, at the following sites (see map of sites):

  • Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Middleton Common, Middleton
  • Rawthey Bridge, Cautley
  • Scrogg Bank, Sedbergh

Bainbridge Village Green Stopover Site North Yorkshire DL8 3EJ

Bainbridge Village Green will be open to Gypsies and Travellers on their way to Appleby Fair 2019 as a managed site from late afternoon on Friday 31 May to the afternoon of Tuesday 4 June 2019.

The Village Green is privately owned by the Lords Trustees of the Manor of Bainbridge who have agreed to allow a managed site on the green this year, during the period specified above. The site will be closely monitored and any breach of the terms of use could see a review of future provision.

During the period the site is open, there will be free toilet facilities available and regular collections of domestic waste. The Bainbridge community and residents welcome you to the village on your way to Appleby but ask that in return you respect the village and its residents with considerate behaviour and, in particular, by ensuring all generators are turned off by 10.30pm each evening and all dog waste is collected and placed in the appropriate bins.