Kendal, overlooked by the ruins of a 12th century castle and situated on the banks of the River Kent, is well worth a visit. Settlement in the beautiful valley of the River Kent is known at least as far back as Roman times. Kendal is the largest town in South Lakeland and, being stone built, has the nick name of the "Auld Grey Town".

The town, once an important centre for the wool trade, now offers a great range of shops and cafés as well as the vibrant Brewery Arts Centre and other cultural centres like the  Waterside Art Gallery and the Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

With beautiful surrounding countryside and its close proximity to the Lake District National Park, Kendal is a great base for a holiday or day trip.

Cycling routes are available for touring in and around the town. For cycling routes, have a look at "Cycling around Kendal" .

A market is held in Kendal on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a farmers market on the last Friday of the month.