20 Oct

Kendal - the gateway to the Lakes

Kendal - the gateway to the Lakes

Cumbria contains the highest mountains in England, the biggest lake and the largest national park - as well as a chunk of another one. But these are just some of the reasons to live in Kendal.

With 29,382 residents (census 2011), the town used to be one of the major centres of population in the rural county of Westmorland, which was abolished in 1974 when the modern county of Cumbria came into being. The name, however, lives on in the local parliamentary constituency (Westmorland and Lonsdale) and the local newspaper, the Westmorland Gazette.

The location is unquestionably a key attraction of the town, just outside the Lake District. This means home improvements are not subject to the stricter planning laws of national park planners, yet some of the finest scenery in England is close at hand. Indeed, parts of the national park like Cunswick Scar are within walking distance.

Windermere is the obvious tourist honeypot, just four miles away, but those getting to know the area can also discover parts of the national park that are less familiar to most visitors, such as the secluded valleys of Longsleddale and Kentmere, which offer fine walking far from the crowds of day-trippers.

The Yorkshire Dales is also very close by, with features such as Malham Cove and the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Moreover, plans are under consideration to expand the boundaries of both national parks.

Kendal itself has a ruined castle and a famous mint cake factory, but just as important are its excellent transport connections. It is close to the M6 and the West Coast main line, with trains stopping at nearby Oxenholme. Kendal station is one stop away from that on the Lakes line to Windermere.

Lancaster is the nearest substantial area of population, which is handy for work and also the leisure opportunities of Morecambe Bay, but the mid-Lancashire towns and cities such as Blackpool, Preston and Blackburn are all well within reach too.

So, while located near some of England's greatest scenery, Kendal is far from being isolated, making it a great place to live.

With all this and more, there really has never been a better time to look for a property for sale in KendalADNFCR-1222-ID-801755364-ADNFCR

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