My mum has a new cabin in the Lake District so off boyfriend and I went for our bank holiday weekend together. The Lake District is England’s largest national park and includes Scafell Pike England’s highest mountain. There are also well populated towns such as Windermere, Ambleside, Keswick, and Bowness-on-Windermere, as well as many more villages.
The cabin was only 15mins from Kendal which is in the Lake District but just outside the Lake District National Park. Kendal is a large town with a population of 28,586, and used to manufacture wool, the latin town motto “Pannus mihi panis”, means cloth is my bread.
My first priority in Kendal was to obtain food, after a few false starts we found Baba Ganoush. Baba ganoush is the name of an aubergine dip, it is also the name of a Kendal deli (unknown to us at the time was that they had a sit down café just around the corner). They do soup and sandwiches but we went for the salad bar; I got the veggie box which was 3 salad choices, plus hummus, plus baba ganoush, plus olives, plus stuffed vine leaves.
Since they were out of vine leaves and I don’t like olives I got 5 salad choices instead; mustard mayo potatoes, sugar snap peas, coleslaw, onion chutney, and cous cous. There was a lot and it was so filling I couldn’t finish it. My only criticism was that I needed bread with it. They also have cheese and meat which you can get if you chose the other ‘box’ options. It was healthy and at £5.45 a box it was good value too.
We walked around Kendal which is an odd town imo. Typical of the Lake District it is dominated by a very busy main road running through it and a constant stream of visitors and locals. But in the background is the calm and beautiful countryside surroundings.
It is full of all the usual high street shops and there was little of interest there. Instead we enjoyed walking along the river, past the church, popping in to the library, cowering from the hailstorm under some trees. Ah yes, also typical of the Lake District is the…interesting…weather; it is extremely changeable and after the 20min rain and hail storm past it was gloriously sunny and we headed to the ruins of Kendal Castle.
The remains of the Castle aren’t very extensive but it was fun to explore and on a clear day you get an excellent view of Kendal town. Also on a sunny day I bet it’s a nice spot for picnics, just a short but steep hill to get up first.
In the evening we went back into Kendal to the Brewery Arts centre where they have a cinema and theatre, as well as a restaurant and bar. We went to the cinema but I recommend sitting outside the bar on a nice day and looking at the view.