Kirkby Lonsdale (/ˈkɜːrbi ˈlɒnzdeɪl/) is a small town and civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England, on the River Lune. Historically in Westmorland, it lies 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Kendal upon the A65. The parish had a population of 1,771 recorded in the 2001 census, increasing to 1,843 at the 2011 Census (including Middleton). Notable buildings supplement St Mary’s Church, a Norman building with fine carved columns. The view of the River Lune from the churchyard is known as Ruskin’s View after John Ruskin, who called it “one of the loveliest views in England”. It was painted by J. M. W. Turner.