Parts of Kendal would remain undiscovered if it wasn’t for at least three people who are helping to share its secrets. They are café owners Sabina and James, of Yard 46, and Andrew Graham Stables, author of ‘Secret Kendal’. And now we’re sharing the hashtag and developing a series of blog posts to help those visiting Kendal to explore our much-loved town.
Sabina and James’ hashtag, #SecretKendal is also the name of Graham Stables’ book (left for customers to read as they tuck into fab food on offer in this delightful café on Branthwaite Brow).
In the first of our posts, Sabina introduces her #SecretKendal place…
It’s where she and James took their children – following the Alphabet Trail through Serpentine Wood. The website Family Walks and Pubs in the Lake District describes it as a 1.2 mile walk. For those with little legs, perhaps 10 year olds and under, allow an hour. As it’s all within the woods, you are protected from the elements so it’s a good option for a damp day, followed by a lunch or tea in a café (we have a fantastic selection in Wainwright’s Yard).
It’s best to use a trail guide for the walk – either the one on the Explore South Lakeland Website or you can pick up the Serpentine Woods Sculpture Trail from Kendal Tourist Information Centre for 70 pence. With the print version, you have the satisfaction of ticking off each letter as you find it.
If you are planning on coming from Kendal town centre, why not park in Booth’s car park? From there, you will follow all manner of steps, ginnels and snickets up the historic Fellside to the Serpentine Wood’s entrance on Queen’s Road. It will take about 15 minutes and you’ll hardly notice the climb as you take in the charming tumble of housing of all ages, shapes and sizes. As well as the views you will take in the Quaker Burial ground off Belmont Brow, and All Hallows Church, originally built in 1864 as a mission church, and now residential accommodation.
Sabina, originally from Poland, is also a great fan of Kendal. She says it reminds her of where she grew up. Kendal’s community spirit and friendly people make it a great home for their family.
And the pair are no strangers to Wainwright’s Yard either – both worked at Pizza Express.
***Credit for this series of hidden Kendal blogs must go to three people who love Kendal: Sabina and James at Yard 46 and Andrew Graham Stables author of ‘Secret Kendal’.