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Kendal in Cumbria

Pannus mihi panis

Being from this particular part of Cumbria

my husband will tell you that the

latin inscription over Kendal Town Hall

'Pannus Mihi Panis'

literally means

Wool is my bread.

History of Kendal

Kendal in Cumbria
kendal town
Wander around the 'yards' and 'ginnels' of Kendal in Cumbria and you will see how cleverly it has moved into the 21st century.

Gateway to southern Lake District and steeped in history it is still easy to see how the limestone buildings of Kendal lent it the nickname of the the Auld Grey Town.

The trades have changed through the ages. Until the Industrial revolution Kendal was a hub for the Westmorland wool trade. Another change has been the more recent closure of K shoes. Allthough they are no longer manufactured in Kendal, the legacy of the Kendal shoe factory shop continues and is currently found on the high street.

Two trades which have survived the test of time are the ever famous Kendal Mint Cake and perhaps lesser known the manufacture of snuff, which is still produced using some of the original machinery.

Kendal is becoming a fabulous place to shop. A clever compromise of the new with the old, with a great mixture of high street stores and individual retailers.

Kendal things to do

In a converted stable opposite the Abbot Hall the Museum of Lakeland Life is a great way to glimpse into the history of the area. Free fun worksheets are available for children to complete as you walk down a Edwardian Street and experience an 18th century kitchen. Opening hours and more information of this Kendal Museum here.

Kendal Brewery Arts Centre

Theatre, Dance, Comedy, Jazz and of Screen showings - There is always something worth checking out at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. They also have some rather good places to eat and drink there including the Grain Store Restaurant, Vats Bar and Warehouse Cafe. There is also a child-friendly cafe for those with younger tots. Find out what's currently on at the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre.

Kendal Castle

Castle CumbriaThe ruins of Kendal Castle are a great place for a short walk out of Kendal or for a family picnic.

Kendal Torchlight Parade

Unfortunately the 2012 Kendal Torchlight Parade has been cancelled due to lack of funding and volunteers. Please get involved if you can, to ensure that the procession CAN go ahead in 2013. More information here.

Kendal Climbing Wall - Lakeland Climbing Centre

Lakeland Climbing Centre From taster sessions for beginners to more challenging opportunities for the experienced climber. Lakeland Climbing Wall

The facilities at Kendal are amongst the best anywhere and sessions can be tailored to your own group or if you prefer a private session.

In addition to the Kendal Climbing Wall the Lakeland Climbing Centre can organise outdoor climbing activities.

Read more about the Kendal Climbing Wall and other activities at the Lakeland Climbing Centre.

Kendal Shopping Centre

Kendal Market & Farmers Market

Kendal is a historical market town with and charter for Saturday markets can be dated back to 1189. The Outdoor Market is held every Saturday and Wednesday. The Indoor Market is open 6 days a week entrance to the the Westmorland Shopping complex. The market hall dates back to 1886 and is a mixture of permanent stalls and 'tables' selling home made goodies such as home made butter fudge and home made lemon curd.

The Farmers Market usually takes place in the Market place on the last Friday of each month, 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Elephant Yard and Westmorland Centre

If you are after High Street chains then Elephant Yard and the Westmorland Centre are off Strickland Gate (the main high street running through Kendal) Kendal.
Download a free map of Kendal town centre here.

K Village Kendal

K shoes may no longer be manufactured in Kendal in Cumbria but they have left their legacy with The K Village.

The K Village has recently re-openend in Kendal as an outlet centre with many discount shoping opportunities, including of course shoes. Check here for opening hours and directions to K Village outlet centre.

Kendal Coffee Shops

kendal coffee shops There are many Kendal Coffee shops to choose from. Certainly worth a mention are the Chocolate House cafe and Farrers on the main street, who still roast and grind their own coffee beans.

The Chocolate House dates back to 1657 and offers 18 different types of hot chocolate as well as delicious chocolate cakes and light lunches. To find the Chocolate House wander down the cobbled street leading out of the market square. Check here to confirm opening hours of the Chocolate House.

Luxury holiday apartment
River Kent - Kendal

Kendal Cottages
A selection of hand-chosen Self-catering cottages in and around Kendal


Damson Blossom - Nr. Kendal in the Lyth Valley Cumbria

Damson Blossom along Lyth Valley - looking towards Scout Scar
Lyth Valley Cumbria

Lyth Valley Damson Day - Saturday 12th April 2014

Low Farm,
Lyth Valley,
LA8 8DJ (A5074)

More information on Lyth Valley Damson Day by clicking the poster below Damson Day Lyth Valley


Some of our favourite walks around Kendal

Brigsteer Woods and Scout Scar are excellent if you are looking for easy or shorter walks near Kendal.
daffodil walk nr kendal

Scout Scar is an easy walk with panoramic views all the way to Morecambe Bay and up into the Lakeland Fells.

Scout Scar Walk

The Helm a low level walk from Oxenholme, just outside Kendal and added attraction for children and animal lovers is the chance of seeing wild ponies!

Easy walk near Kendal



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