Kendal is a market town in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria. Approximately eight miles south-east of Windermere, 19 miles north of Lancaster, and 23 miles north-east of Barrow-in-Furness. It’s ideally located for the best of country and town life.

Kendal has lots of things to do in and around the town: a tempting choice of cosy tearooms, pavement cafés, traditional Kendal pubs or stylish Kendal restaurants. There’s a Farmers’ Market on the last Friday of each month. Active visitors should head to the large sports and leisure centre, indoor climbing wall or Kendal dry ski slope.

There’s also plenty of things to do near and around Kendal: South of Kendal are the major historic attractions Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall. Staveley to the north, is home to Mill Yard with the UK’s largest cycle store, a famous walkers’ café, the Hawkshead Brewery and a unique cookery school.

Children & Families

There are a number of primary schools in the area, including Castle Park, Stramongate, Heron Hill, Ghyllside, Vicarage Park, St Thomas’s, and Dean Gibson. In the nearby village of Natland, there’s also St Mark’s.  The Queen Katherine secondary school and sixth form has academy status. Kirkbie Kendal is also an academy school, with a business and enterprise college. Previous pupils include the historian David Starkey, and clinical psychologist Vanessa Jones.

Further education is provided through Kendal College, which also offers training for employers. The college is judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, has over 4,000 students, and employs over 150 staff.

In terms of entertainment, ‘Kendal Calling’ is an independent music festival held annually at Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District, outside of Kendal. It has grown from a two-day, 900-capacity event in 2006 to a 12,000-capacity, three-day music festival.


Kendal might seem like a peaceful spot away from it all, but it’s very well connected. Ideal if you want to pop to the city, or commute further afield.

Kendal railway station has connections to Windermere, while Oxenholme Lake District railway station offers direct routes to and from London Euston, Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Kendal is just eight miles from the M6, and bypassed by the A591. So there are good links to Windermere, Keswick, and the A590 to Barrow. And you can get to Kirkby Lonsdale, Skipton and Yorkshire easily via the A65.

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