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Shopping in Kendal

Kendal is the third largest town in Cumbria. With a variety of high street names and some superb independent shops the town centre is a wonderful place for some retail therapy. Kendal’s historic yards have been tastefully transformed into unique shopping areas off the main street which has the benefit of being free from traffic. Continue reading

What to do around Kendal – Easter 2016

What to do around Kendal – Easter 2016

Visit Kendal’s 1657 Chocolate House.

Enjoy some Chocolate House delights from 16 speciality hot chocolate drinks (all named after chocolate History and the 1600’s) to handmade Gateaux made from a long standing secret recipe…not forgetting a visit to the Chocolate Shop afterwards. Choose from over 100 kinds of loose luxury chocolates and a large selection of chocolate gifts.  Continue reading

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Cumbria – Battling back from the floods

As you are probably aware early last December Storm Desmond caused much damage & flooding in many parts of Cumbria.  Kendal was particularly badly affected with many homes and businesses suffering.grasmere-4-600
We consider ourselves very lucky indeed to have been spared any damage here both on the caravan park and to our home. Cumbria however was left with big problems including some bridges & roads around The Lake District being closed and it has obviously taken time to begin repairing the damage.

It is great that the county is now recovering well and is gradually getting back to normal. Many bridges, such as Victoria Bridge in Kendal, have already been repaired and are now open again. Continue reading

Cumbria’s Industrial Heritage

Amazing scenery & beautiful lakes undoubtedly make The Lake District National Park an extremely popular tourist destination. Before the days of tourism Cumbria’s natural resources were used in many different ways to boost the county’s economy. Cumbria has plentiful supplies of water, woodlands, limestone, slate, wool fleeces & also goods historically imported from the West Indies such as sugar, spices & tobacco creating an interesting industrial heritage.

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Kendal – a Sense of Place

An unusual mixture of Kendal’s  charming features to stimulate the senses!


Down by the River Kent on Waterside is a plaque set into the wall. Here you can see the levels where the River Kent has risen to in past floods. Hopefully not such a problem anymore due to The River Kent Flood Relief Scheme carried out in the 1970s. To find the plaque follow the river down-stream slightly from the bottom end of Lowther Street along the riverside path.

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Lake District Drive

Circular drive from Kendal through The Lake District to Keswick, Ullswater, Bowness-on-Windermere & back to Kendal.

This circular route takes you through The Lake District with some of the most beautiful lakes & magnificent mountains & much to see along the way.

From Kendal take the A591 to Windermere then continue to Ambleside along the side of the lake. Continue reading

Beer, snacks & Cumbrian tipples.


As the great granddaughter of a Kendal Innkeeper I thought it appropriate to share with you some local knowledge of fine Cumbrian hostelries, breweries & tipples.


Jennings Ales are brewed in the traditional way using their own well water. Enjoy a tour of the brewery between 12 noon & 2pm daily until the end of October to see these award winning ales being made. Visit the tearoom, have a look around the shop & pick up some intriguingly named Sneck Lifter or Cocker Hoop to enjoy during your holiday. Continue reading

Five pubs – five miles from Kendal

Five great pubs within a few miles of Kendal.

 7812-lThe Station Inn at Oxenholme’s opening times for food is Monday to Friday 12 to 2.30pm and 5pm to 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 to 9pm. The pub opens 11.30am to 11pm every day.

One of their most popular dishes is homemade ‘Steak n Blond Witch Ale Pie’ and customers love ‘Fish n Chunky Chips’ or home-made ‘Creamy Lasagne’ with Monty’s revenge garlic bread. Hard to choose the best. Continue reading