Our latest #SecretKendal post comes from Sinéad Kay, a teacher and mum of 4 who has lived in Kendal for 10 years. Read on for details of one of her favourite Kendal walks, which is full of lanes, ginnels and a tea stop.

“My favourite secret place in Kendal is actually a walk. I love wandering up Captain French Lane (what a name – I always imagine who Captain French was – I’ve actually never looked him up, so as not to destroy my Poldark-like fantasy!).”

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“Then I turn right into Garth Head. Walking up this cobbled lane, it’s easy to imagine yourself back in the 1800s. Sometimes I detour left and up the hill to Castle Howe – where Kendal’s “other castle once stood”. The view from Castle Howe is terrific – you get a really good sense of the town from here. A few more steps takes you up to The Monument to the 1888 revolution and a place to reflect.”

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“Then I wander back to Garth Head across to Beast Banks. From here I might take a peak at the old National School (1874) where girls were schooled in “reading, writing, the common rules of arithmetic, singing, knitting and sewing”- where I would surely have failed at the latter 3 subjects!”

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“Finally, I turn down through Collin Croft. The most interesting of Kendal’s yards, which has in its time been home to many things including a printing works, a tobacco factory and an ale house. I like to admire the cosy cottages and quirky buildings.”

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“After all that walking it’s time for a cup of Earl Grey tea in one of Kendal’s lovely tea shops – my favourite being Armstrong Ward‘s café in Wainwright’s Yard!”