I've long thought Kendal a place where I could easily put down roots. It lies just outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park, so property is cheaper there. It's grittier, more workaday, less touristy than Lakeland honeypot towns like Windermere, Ambleside and Keswick. Its arts and cultural scene is excellent: there's the Kendal Museum, the Museum of Lakeland Life, the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Brewery Arts Centre, which offers theatre, dance, cinema, music, exhibitions, bars and cafés. Its geographical location is enviable: the Forest of Bowland, the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines are quickly reached heading east, while the nearby M6 motorway makes North Wales and Scotland within comfortable driving distance. And, of course, the Lake District itself is on Kendal's doorstep, one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of Britain, and containing some of England's highest peaks.
|The river Kent runs through Kendal.|
|Dog training on the slopes of Castle Hill.|
|Kendal Castle. Not that there's much of it left.|
|The same bit of Kendal Castle, but from the other side.|
|You can see why Kendal is known as 'The Auld Grey Town'.|
|Looking towards the fells of The Lake District from the beacon on Castle Hill.|
|The sun illuminating some Lakeland fells north of town.|