Kendal & surrounding area

Lake District Farm

Kendal is the gateway to the Lake District, being only around 9 miles from Windermere and around 30 miles from Keswick. Straddling the River Kent, it is the main town in Lakeland with handsome old buildings dating back to when it was one of the most important woollen textile centres in the country. The layout of the town is characterised by the narrow yards and lanes branching from the main street and down to the river. The 12th-century stone ruins of Kendal Castle sit on a hill on its western edge, offering views over the town and the surrounding hills. Kendal is less than a mile from the National Park boundary but is overlooked by the majority of people heading for Windermere and Grasmere. Outside Kendal, the quiet villages of Sedgwick, Natland, Old and New Hutton await discovery in the surrounding rolling countryside. Helsington Barrows and Scout Scar are popular walking areas, forming the top of a limestone scarp edge with fantastic views. Nearby is Levens Hall, an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th-century Pele tower – a small fortified keep, one of many in this part of the country intended as watch towers to warn of approaching Scots invaders. Visitors often comment on the warm and friendly atmosphere of the house, although many come to admire the gardens. They feature what is probably the finest collection of topiary in Britain, dating back to the 17th century. The clipped yew and box hedges are under-planted with bedding in spring and summer, making for excellent colour. A rose garden and herbaceous borders complete this fascinating garden. Sizergh Castle is an impressive 14th-century Pele tower just a few miles from Kendal. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens, featuring a limestone rock garden (the National Trust’s largest), pasture land, and woodlands which support a large butterfly population.

Cottages in Kendal and the surrounding area