Grid Ref : NY 587249
Cliburn is a small village situated in the Eden Valley halfway between Penrith and Appleby. The name Cliburn means ‘stream by the bank’, the stream being the river Leith which runs through the meadows at the foot of the hill on which Cliburn is built. The river has carved through rock to form a cliff about 40 ft high and flows into the Eden four miles away. The main street runs downhill from north to south and is lined with attractive sandstone buildings, the stone for which would have been quarried in the nearby Whinfell Forest. Hidden in the forest is Center Parcs Holiday Village.
The majority of the buildings date from 18th and 19th centuries, although there has probably been a settlement here since Saxon times. Cliburn Hall, on the river bank at the foot of the village and now a modernised farmhouse, was built in the 14th century as a pele tower by Robert De Cliburn, the lord of the manor.
St Cuthbert’s church is opposite the hall, perched on the river bank and approached by a short avenue of lime trees.