From Cumberland sausage to Torchlight Carnival, – in my Tripbod role as an accessible travel expert – I share the local highlights of my hometown, Kendal.
Unique things about Kendal:
Our amazing local produce – like Cumberland Sausage and all things Damson-related! Our rich history as a market town and an important centre for trade.
Typical Kendal weekend activity:
Sunday lunch in a local pub, followed by a country walk, rain or shine! Lake District locals don’t mind the weather.
Best Kendal local tradition:
The annual Kendal Torchlight Carnival in September, which is one of the largest one-day events in the Lake District and Cumbria, usually attracting over 30,000 people from all over the country. Since its inception, the carnival which is funded by grants and sponsorship, has raised more than £100,000 for Lake District charities.
Favourite place to celebrate in Kendal:
The New Moon Restaurant in Kendal, for 3 courses of gorgeous food made from locally produced ingredients, and some bubbly. The restaurant has a harmonious balance between the modern and contemporary with tradition and warmth.
After dinner head to Dickie Doodles Music Bar, for some fantastic live music from local performers.
Perfect 24 hours in Kendal:
Take the train to Windermere and walk the few miles to Bowness while eating a Kendal mint cake. Then go for a spot of tea and scones with Peter Rabbit at the World of Beatrix Potter and take in the sites of the town, before taking a boat around the largest lake in England Lake Windermere, making the most of the breathtaking scenery that inspired many an author and poet.
Kendal might seem and unlikely place for good accessibility, with it’s cobbles and historical buildings – but with good planning and a little imagination, it is possible!