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Travel advice for Appleby Horse Fair

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Organisers of Appleby Horse Fair are warning drivers to be aware of more horse drawn vehicles in Cumbria, over the next two weeks until the event.

It starts on Thursday 8 June, running to Wednesday 14 June.

During the event, Sands Road in Appleby town centre will be closed from 9.30am - 6.00pm on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June.

Here's some travel information to be aware of if you're heading to the fair or driving in the area:

Flashing Lane - Long Marton Road leading onto Dufton

  • Part of Long Martin Road is closed from 9.30am-6.00pm on Friday 9 June, Saturday 10 June and Sunday 11 June).
  • It's 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.
  • 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.
  • An advisory 40mph speed restriction will be implemented on the A685, before the bank holiday.

Public Transport service to Appleby Fair

  • The Settle to Carlisle Railway line is the best way to access Appleby Horse Fair by public transport.
  • Northbound passengers can access the line from Leeds and Skipton.
  • The railway station closest to Appleby from the south, is Kirkby Stephen.
  • Southbound passengers can access the line from Carlisle, Armathwaite, Lazonby and Langwathby.

We are committed to keeping the roads as safe as possible throughout the whole Fair. It is important for all road users to be aware of the large number of slow-moving horse-drawn vehicles that will be on the county’s roads during this time and to drive accordingly. For those travelling on horse-drawn vehicles, please make sure that you are visible to other road users particularly on the major routes.

“To increase the safety of road users we ask that those travelling to the Fair to work with us and plan their journey so they don’t arrive before 8 June and to use the temporary stopping places provided. For more information about temporary stopping places visit www.applebyfair.org”

– Temporary Chief Superintendent Mark Pannone, Cumbria Constabulary’s Gold Commander for the Horse Fair