Surrounded by stunning scenery Kendal makes a brilliant base for those who enjoy walking. It’s a 5-minute drive into the Lake District National Park and just 20 minutes from the Yorkshire Dales.

Kendal, once home to Britain’s most famous walking writer A Wainwright, has a lot to offer including a fascinating heritage, shopping, culture, eating and drinking.
The 4th Walking Festival has been scheduled for 6th – 9th  August 2021 and it offers an opportunity to explore our wonderful town and the surrounding fells. Join us for the weekend or extend your stay for a week. With Kendal’s convenient bus and train links you don’t even need to use a car.
The festival has something for everyone regardless of his or her walking capabilities and the full line-up has been revealed with 14 guided walks to choose from.

Friday 6th August

1. Kendal Circuit

Kendal’s green and historic places. An easy walk of about 6 miles.

2. Orrest Head and Holehird Gardens

An easy walk of about 5 miles with 600 ft of ascent.

3. Benson Knott

A moderate walk of 8.5 miles and 1000 ft of ascent.

4. Arnside Knott

A moderate walk of 6 miles taking the coastal path from the village of Arnside to an ascent of Arnside Knott.

5. Kendal Yards and History

An easy 2 hour stroll around Kendal.

Saturday 7th August

6. Historical Walk around Kendal

An easy 2 hour walk based on the “Walking Trails” leaflet

7. Circular walk to hills and places of interest around Kendal

A strenuous walk visiting some of the hills and scars around Kendal.

8. Burneside, Gurnal Dubbs and Staveley

A moderate walk of 6 miles including an hour at Gurnal Dubs for a circular walk round the tarn and a picnic.

9. The Hills East of Staveley

A moderate walk on field paths and minor roads exploring the hilly countryside to the east of Staveley.

Sunday 8th August

10. Helsington and Sizergh Castle

An easy / moderate walk of about 4 hours along the River Kent to Helsington Church and Sizergh Castle.

11. Whitbarrow Scar

A moderate ridge walk of 5 miles with views over the Lakeland Fells, the Howgills, Ingleborough and Morecambe Bay.

12. A Walk around the Scars

A strenuous walk enjoying stunning views of the Lakeland Fells.

Monday 9th August

13. The Helm

A easy 2 mile walk. The Helm provides a superb, easily accessible 360 degree panorama of the South Lakes and Kendal.

14. Sallows, Sour Howes and Orrest Head

A moderate / severe walk of about 5 hours from Windermere to visit two Wainwrights.

Tickets can be purchased online and accommodation providers are ready to welcome you to stay in our town.

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