What to see and do in Kendal and the Lake District

We’ve never written a Lonely Planet guide or Rough Guide but, if we had, the short version might look something like this:


A traditional market town with a friendly feel and home to the famous Mint Cake, the worlds biggest Mountain Film Festival and, of course, Sugar NLP. The River Kent makes its way serenely through the town and is a perfect backdrop for a lunchtime walk or, for those with a love for shopping, the ideal springboard from which to explore the boutique shops, interesting ginnels and market day bustle.

Kendal view

Hang out at...

The Brewery Arts Centre for music, theatre, comedy, film, eating and drinking. www.breweryarts.co.uk

Lunch at...

Riverside Cafe - very tasty wholefood meals and more variety of salads than you can imagine.

Baba Ganoush - a treasure of hot soups, quiches and delicatessen treats. It's also opposite Staff of Life - the finest artisan bakery in The Lakes.

Finkle Street Kendal

Eat and Drink at...

The Brewery Arts Centre, Grain Store Restaurant and enjoy a fantastic meal made from the finest, freshest local produce http://www.breweryarts.co.uk/

Deja Vu - fine French inspired cooking and good wines. http://www.dejavukendal.com/

Kendal Castle

Enjoy views and walks at...

Kendal Castle, once home to  Queen Katherine Parr - one of the few who survived being married to Henry VIII.

Scout Scar which reveals a fantastic panorama across to the Lake District fells and Yorkshire Dales.

The Lake District

The Lake District, with all its Wordsworthian, Ruskinian, Wainwrightian glory is on the doorstep with Lake Windermere only a 15-minute drive away. You can picnic by a lake, enjoy "Britains favourite view", stretch you legs over the fells or test your driving over some of the steepest mountain passes in the country. As the birthplace of rock climbing, the Lake District is an adventurers paradise.

Fairfield Horseshoe

Enjoy views and walks at...

Bowness-on-Windermere – take the ferry on England’s longest lake or go for a swim if you’re feeling brave!

Ambleside - walk up onto Loughrigg Terrace or if you're feeling energetic round Fairfield Horseshoe (opposite)

Lunch at...

Ambleside – in one of the many many teashops and cafes designed to cater for the walkers and tourists.

Grasmere - once the home of the poet William Wordsworth and home to delicious gingerbread.

Blea Tarn, The Lake District

Eat and Drink at...

The Eagle and Child, Staveley with it’s roaring fire, real ale and good pub grub.

The Old Dungeon Ghyll at the head of the Langdale valley. Perfect after a day on the fells, a climb at Scout Crag or a stroll around Blea Tarn (picture opposite).

The critically acclaimed L'Enclume restaurant in Cartmel, home of Michelin starred chef Simon Rogan.

Next Steps

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