The Countess Pillar is a monument erected in 1656 by Lady Anne Clifford of nearby Brougham Castle, to commemorate her last meeting with her mother in 1616. On the low stone beside it, money was given to the poor on the anniversary of their parting.
Read more about the history of the pillar.
Before You Go
Parking: There is car parking available on the B6262, close to the junction with the A66, with safe access by the footpath.
Facilities: There is a café at Brougham Hall (not managed by English Heritage), and toilet facilities, drinks and snacks at Brougham Castle.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
One of several sites in the area associated with Lady Anne Clifford, Countess Pillar was erected to mark the final parting of Lady Anne and her mother. Her mother had been Lady Anne's strongest supporter during her battle to overturn her father's will and reclaim her lands.
Nearby Brougham Castle belonged to the Cliffords, and both the pillar and castle can be visited as part of the Brougham and Eamont Bridge Walk. The walk is 3 3/4 miles long, and passes several sites of local historic importance.
A 25 minute drive will take you to Brough Castle, another residence of Lady Anne.