Under three hours by train from London and a few minutes drive from junction 36 of the M6 is Kendal. Once called Cherchbi, it’s now better known as the Gateway to the Lakes or the Auld Grey Town, the ‘grey’ stemming from the limestone used in many of its buildings.

About 10 miles (16km) north east of the town, around Tebay and the Lune Gorge, is where the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks meet. West of the town, and slightly closer, lies Windermere (lake) and the central Lake District. 

To the south west is Cumbria’s peninsula coast and Morecambe Bay, the latter rich in wildlife and home to the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Looking across the bay is Grange-over-Sands and next door the pretty village of Cartmel, a foodie destination with a racecourse and a wonderful priory church.

Heading west is the festival town of Ulverston and then Barrow-in-Furness, once a great centre for iron and steel making before becoming a naval and merchant shipbuilder to the world. 

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The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

The Lake District

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