Kendal’s outdoor spaces are full of fascination and beautiful views. There’s so much to explore on foot from the town centre. Head up to Kendal Castle to gaze over the town, or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a longer walk to Scout Scar for breathtaking views.
Winding pathways give Serpentine Woods its name, and there’s so much fun to be had.
Looking over Kendal, Serpentine Woods was originally grazing land on Kendal Fell. In 1790 the land was planted with trees and as time went by the woods were maintained as an area of enjoyment for the people of Kendal.
In the 1800s, locals paid to enjoy the woodlands so that the area could be protected and maintained. The Summer House was built in 1833, and two Wellington Trees were planted to commemorate the marriage of the Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra in 1863.
Since, areas of the woods have been restored and maintained by the Kendal Civic Society and South Lakeland District Council – providing a free area of enjoyment and exploration for locals and visitors.
Serpentine Woods is a haven of wildlife, home to a range of bird species, foxes and squirrels. Trees and shrubs surround the winding paths that create around 3 miles of magical walking through the woods.
The Alphabet Trail is punctuated with sculptures, creating a magical experience for all the family – and there are many opportunities to discover different habitats as you discover the nature of the woodland.
There is no better view over Kendal and the surroundings of Kendal Castle provide a very special place to relax and unwind.
You can’t beat the panoramic views from our town’s dramatic castle ruins. Kids love to explore the clues from ancient times, and there’s loads of space for picnics.
Wander the paths that surround the Castle and visit the throne in Fletcher Park at its base.
Read more about Kendal Castle’s history.
The Helm is a prominent hill near Oxenholme. You can walk the length of the ridge and enjoy spectacular views over Kendal and the countryside beyond.
A Friends of the Lake District leaflet provides lots more information about the route and terrain.
You can walk from the centre of Kendal up to Scout Scar or there’s a small car park nearby. Scout Scar is a limestone ridge overlooking the beautiful Lyth Valley. A fairly easy circular walk offers breathtaking views all the way to the Lakeland fells and Morecambe Bay.
You can find walking routes and more information about Scout Scar on the Lake District National Park’s website.