VACATION & HOLIDAY GUIDE TO
CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT
Town Centre, Kendal.
In the south of
the county near
the border with
Kendal is the bustling southern gateway to the Lake District, with all the prosperity and busyness of a much larger town and a well developed sense of its own importance.It is an attractive town built largely of grey stone, which has given rise to its nickname of "the auld grey town"
The town has an industrious past. Some of those industries have stayed put and others grown up to give the town its prosperity and comparative wealth. Undoubtedly another of the towns which you must visit, Kendal supplies the needs of the surrounding farming community as well as its own population and caters for the visitors it receives throughout the year. For you the visitor, this means great shopping, great hotels and restaurants, and plenty to keep you occupied if you want to visit the museums, art galleries, craft shops and many other attractions. Much of the town centre is pedestrianised to make the experience even more pleasurable.
As you wander around the streets exploring the town you will find many quaint and attractive alley ways leading off the more ordered main streets. These give a clue to the look of the town in older times. Many delights for the shopper can be found here and also for those looking for refreshment. Alternatively you could sit on the banks of the River Kent and enjoy the peace and tranquillity to be found in the shade of the trees outside the Abbot Hall Museum.
Kendal has good links to the rest of Cumbria and not far from the neighbouring counties of Lancashire and North Yorkshire. The M6 motorway is only 4mls/7km to the east. On the outskirts of the town is Oxenholme where the mainline West Coast Rail line stops, giving easy access to London, (Euston Station), and Scotland, (Glasgow).