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Kendalian Spring Walks

Spring is in the air and in everyone's footsteps! Buds are bursting, flowers are blooming, and soon there will be a luxuriant green leafy canopy in the trees. Kendal is beautiful at any time of year but it is at its best in Spring. Join a guided walk to discover the beauty, history and hidden corners of the town. Jenny Wilson is a Kendalian and a qualified Cumbria Blue Badge Guide. Her Kendalian walks are full of local memories and tales and are designed for both visitors and locals.

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Taverns and Turnpikes

Sunday 18 August 2024
Turnpike roads created the age of the Stagecoach Inn. Discover the location and sheer number of Kendal's public houses - Inns, Taverns and Tom and Jerry Houses. Link their existence to the development of Kendal's industry and social and living conditions. Finish your walk if you wish with a roast Sunday lunch at a local hostelry!
Kendal Town Hall
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Kendal History Walk

Sunday 25 August 2024
Trace the threads of Kendal history from the Romans, Anglo Saxons, Monks, Norman Barons and Burgage plots to the Market Charter. Learn about Yard Industries, Guilds, Stagecoaches and the relationship between religion and the town’s prosperity.
Kendal Parish Church
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Church and Chapel

Sunday 19 May 2024
Kendal has a fascinating religious history of Monks, Reformation, Recusants, Quakers, and Non Conformist groups, all of which have contributed to the economic and spiritual development of the town. Visit long forgotten sites and hear the echoes of the town's religious past. Finish the walk in the quiet calm of the Unitarian Chapel gardens.
Kendal Town Hall
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Kirk and Kent

Sunday 12 May 2024
Follow the river and trace the threads of time to visit one of the most beautiful churches in the country. Explore the ‘ginnels’, and history of Kirkland, established in medieval times by monks in the original Abbot Hall. Hear tales of love lorn hermits, opium, grammar schools, May poles, stocks, cock fighting and taverns.
Kendal Parish Church
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Castle and Canal

Sunday 5 May 2024
Climb Kendal Castle Hill via the Castle Dairy for amazing views of the Kent Valley and to explore the ruined castle of the Barons of Kendal and its royal connections. Tread the old horse tow paths of the Kendal Canal and be reminded of leisure boats and the industry of bygone times.
Stramongate Bridge
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Fellside - A Folk Forgotten

Sunday 28 April 2024
Climb Kendal Fell’s cobbles to old Fellside. Often struggling to survive, this community was poor but strong and loyal - constantly at odds with the Establishment. Hear rich stories of mischief, religious conversion and bravery in Fellside dialect.
Kendal Town Hall
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Yards and Yarns

Sunday 21 April 2024
Explore the old yards of Kendal, once the backbone of Kendal’s wool industry. Learn about tanners, dry salters, shear men dyers, metal works, timber works, potters, brewers and coal merchants. Imagine the social conditions and community spirit of life in the ‘Auld Grey Town’
Kendal Town Hall
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Kendal History Walk

Between Sunday 20 August 2023 and Sunday 29 October 2023
Trace the threads of Kendal history from the Romans, Anglo Saxons, Monks, Norman Barons and Burgage plots to the Market Charter. Learn about Yard Industries, Guilds, Stagecoaches and the relationship between religion and the town’s prosperity.
Kendal Parish Church
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Church and Chapel

Sunday 15 October 2023
Kendal has a fascinating religious history of Monks, Reformation, Recusants, Quakers, and Non Conformist groups, all of which have contributed to the economic and spiritual development of the town. Visit long forgotten sites and hear the echoes of the town's religious past. Finish the walk in the quiet calm of the Unitarian Chapel gardens.
Kendal Town Hall
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Fellside - A Folk Forgotten

Sunday 8 October 2023
Climb Kendal Fell’s cobbles to old Fellside. Often struggling to survive, this community was poor but strong and loyal - constantly at odds with the Establishment. Hear rich stories of mischief, religious conversion and bravery in Fellside dialect.
Kendal Town Hall
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Taverns and Turnpikes

Sunday 1 October 2023
Turnpike roads created the age of the Stagecoach Inn. Discover the location and sheer number of Kendal's public houses - Inns, Taverns and Tom and Jerry Houses. Link their existence to the development of Kendal's industry and social and living conditions. Finish your walk if you wish with a roast Sunday lunch at a local hostelry!
Kendal Town Hall
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Castle and Canal

Sunday 24 September 2023
Climb Kendal Castle Hill via the Castle Dairy for amazing views of the Kent Valley and to explore the ruined castle of the Barons of Kendal and its royal connections. Tread the old horse tow paths of the Kendal Canal and be reminded of leisure boats and the industry of bygone times.
Stramongate Bridge
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Yards and Yarns

Sunday 17 September 2023
Explore the old yards of Kendal, once the backbone of Kendal’s wool industry. Learn about tanners, dry salters, shear men dyers, metal works, timber works, potters, brewers and coal merchants. Imagine the social conditions and community spirit of life in the ‘Auld Grey Town’
Kendal Town Hall
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Kirk and Kent

Sunday 10 September 2023
Follow the river and trace the threads of time to visit one of the most beautiful churches in the country. Explore the ‘ginnels’, and history of Kirkland, established in medieval times by monks in the original Abbot Hall. Hear tales of love lorn hermits, opium, grammar schools, May poles, stocks, cock fighting and taverns.
Kendal Parish Church