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Kendal, not just Mint Cake.
Kendal in General
Member Name: jessyclown
Kendal in General
Date: 19/08/01, updated on 19/08/01 (105 review reads)
Advantages: good touring base, Compact, Lots to do
Disadvantages: Not much variety at the cinema
Nestled in the valley of the river Kent is the market town of Kendal. Famous for its mint cake and shoes (K shoes) Kendal has a lot to offer the visitor. Kendal is found a few miles away from the M6 on the edge of the Lake District and the Yorkshire dales. Due to its location Kendal is used by many as a base for exploring and walking in these areas it does however have a lot to offer the visitor.
Kendal has been a prosperous market town for many generations with lots of industries in the town. Engineering, sweet making, shoe making, and cloth making and dying have all been part of this small town. Now it still has lots of industries associated with the town but the most obvious is its tourism.
There is a river running through the middle of this town, the river Kent which rises quickly if the weather has been wet, a common occurrence in the Lake District, its level falls as quickly in dry conditions. The highest recorded height of the river was in 1898. The river meanders through the town and separates the main shops from the castle.
As you climb up from the river you can walk past many small shops. Some of the shops are familiar names to most towns in this country but others are just small local shops. There is an open market of some days and an indoor market every day. You can find all types of shops in Kendal but it has more than its fair share of outdoor pursuit shops selling walking and camping gear as well as plenty of shops selling trinkets for the tourist. Most shops sell its most famous confectionery Kendal mint cake basically just mint flavoured sugar, a must for fell walkers around the world. A must for bargain hunters is the K Village factory shops like most factory shopping areas it has a variety of shops but unlike most it is close to the centre of a town. If you have to kit children out with new school shoes this is a must as you can save a fortune on the cost of shoe leather! There is a bus which is provided by
the town during the summer months which will take you around the town to the from the factory shops at one end of the town to a garden centre at the other. The bus is a great hit with children, as it is a vintage bus and a great attraction.
The town boasts a host of pubs and restaurants, all styles of pubs if you need a drink, an excellent range of restaurants to cater for all types of pallet and different wallet sizes. Several of the restaurants offer a happy hour where you can choose a main course for £2.95. You can of course visit the ubiquitous McDonalds and Kentucky fried Chicken.
On the other side of the river to the shopping centre is the Castle. It stands on the top of a small hill. When you have climbed up the hill you will be greeted with the sight of a dilapidated castle. A lot of work was done to make it safe during the end of the 20th Century. Although there is not a lot of the castle left you can see a long way from there looking towards many peaks. It is well worth, with children their imagination can run wild.
Kendal also boasts many museums and other places of interest. There is an art centre, which hosts various films, it does not have the variety of the big city multiplex cinemas but you can see a film or a play there and they usually have some art exhibition to see. There are a lot of musical events around the town if you know where to look. The Quaker Tapestries tell a lot about the history of Kendal in needlework. You can visit the Kendal Museum, the Abbot hall museum and many other little places of interest.
Kendal is worth a visit in its own right not just a base for going elsewhere. It may not be the most cosmopolitan of places but it is compact enough to be able to wander around and its setting is superb.