Kendal Mountain Festival is the ultimate gathering for anyone who loves the outdoors. Whether you’re a mountaineer or a trail runner, a mountain biker or an avid hiker, our mission is to share the adventure. For over 40 years, the festival has enthralled with its exclusive film premières, exciting exhibitions, world-class literature and inspirational talks from some of mountaineering and outdoor adventures’ greatest exponents.
Today, ‘Kendal’ has become recognised as the main annual social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK and has built a strong international reputation. The festival continues to go from strength to strength, hand-in-hand with its host town.
We’re truly blessed to call the historic town of Kendal our home. This thriving gateway to the Lake District is nestled in the beautiful vale of the River Kent and is surrounded by glorious countryside. The wealth of hiking routes accessible from the town is magnificent, with something for everyone, from the kids to the grandparents.
This hiking Collection showcases five of the best walks direct from Basecamp Village, as well as three others that are easily reached by train from Kendal station. There’s everything from easy ambles that are ideal for kids – such as a loop of Kendal taking in the sculpture trail at Serpentine Woods – to more strenuous hillwalking outings, such as a loop of the fells above Staveley.
The Tours blend the scenic beauty of the region with its vibrant wildlife and rich history. Ascend to the site of an Iron Age hillfort boasting sensational Lakeland panoramas and inhabited by a herd of native ponies; follow the course of a bygone industrial artery to a former pele tower built to ward off marauding Scots; follow in the footsteps of a young Alfred Wainwright to the viewpoint that had him fall in love with the fells; or hike up to a secretive tarn with its own wooded island; there’s so much to discover.
Our routes are suitable for all reasonably fit hikers. Walking shoes or boots are recommended along with waterproofs – this is Cumbria, after all. There are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or a coffee along the routes. Post walk, Basecamp Village has everything you need for refreshment, while the routes away from Kendal are blessed with at least one pub near their respective stations.
Kendal is easy to reach by train. Just a short hop from the town, Oxenholme Lake District station is on the West Coast Mainline between London and Glasgow and connects to Kendal’s main station on the Lakes Line, which terminates at Windermere. For motorists, the town is just a short drive from the M6.
For more information about Kendal Mountain Festival, visit: kendalmountainfestival.com
See you on the trails!
This is a quick loop around historic Kendal Castle, paying a fleeting visit to Kendal's impressive Parish Church en route. It's an ideal amble for catching a breath of fresh air between talks at the festival.
From Basecamp Village, head straight for Kendal Parish Church. It's five aisles and large windows…
This is an easy walk that explores Kendal’s town centre, the evocative ruins of Kendal Castle and the beautiful Serpentine Woods. It’s an ideal amble with kids or if you’ve just got a couple of hours to spare. Serpentine Woods can be a bit boggy after rainfall or during the colder months, so even though…
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This is an ideal walk if you’re after a solid leg stretcher that doesn’t venture uphill. The Elizabethan grandeur of Levens Hall and its deer park are the main objectives, handily placed at around the midway point. Route wise, it’s a tale of two water courses, one of which is long gone. The way out utilises…
Although diminutive by Lake District standards, the Helm has an adventurous, Tolkienesque ring to its name. Who wouldn’t want to ascend the Helm and survey the land? In fact, it’s a hill full of character: flat-topped, inhabited by ponies and boasting glorious Lakeland views. From Basecamp Village this…
Much of this route had the stamp of approval from Kendal’s most famous former inhabitant, certainly in terms of fellwalking royalty anyway. The hike across Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar was the subject of the first walk in Alfred Wainwright’s ‘Outlying Fells of Lakeland’ guidebook, the sequel to his classic…
By taking the train to Windermere and ascending to the stunning viewpoint of Orrest Head, you are mirroring the journey that a young Alfred Wainwright took in 1930. This was the legendary guidebook writer and illustrator’s first acquaintance with the Lake District and was the seed for what would become…
Less than an hour by train from Kendal (with a quick change at Lancaster included) is the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This region of characterful limestone hills, atmospheric woodland and beautiful coast is often overlooked in favour of the Lake District. However…
This is a grand tour of the Outlying Wainwright Fells above Staveley, taking in the four summits that comprise Potter Fell, along with Hugill Fell and Reston Scar. En route, you are treated to a number of scenic little tarns, serene trails and wonderful views of the higher fells. And all less than a…
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