Kendal and its Two Castles

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The ruins of the early 13th Century Norman castle in Kendal are well-known, but on the western side of the town in a very elevated position is a motte, a mound that was once surmounted by a wooden castle or bailey. This was built by the Normans soon after the Conquest and is one of hundreds that were used to rule the country.

This walk goes through the streets of the town, along the river and up some narrow lanes to visit both castles. En route you will pass many other buildings of interest, like Holy Trinity Church, the largest in Cumbria, and Abbott Hall Art Gallery and Museum. An eye should also be kept open for the many plaques erected by Kendal Civic Society telling the history of the town in fascinating detail.

The walk should only occupy half a day, but if you come when the galleries etc. are open it could make a very full and interesting day and one which gives wide views of the Lakeland fells.

England - North England - Cumbria - Town or city


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife

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