WHAT TO DO
ABBOT HALL ART GALLERY
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, LA9 5AL
While away the afternoon in Abbot Hall. An award-winning art gallery set inside Kendal’s finest Georgian house. With an impressive portfolio of both contemporary and historical works, there will be something to pique any art lover’s interest. They also host regular art clubs for the little ones and lectures for the bigger ones. The esteemed tea-room is always well worth a visit.
WHERE TO STAY
THE PUNCH BOWL INN
Crosthwaite, Lyth Valley, Cumbria, LA8 8HR
Just down the road from Kendal itself, the Punch Bowl Inn nestles among dramatic rolling hills. You’d be hard pushed to find somewhere that so skilfully combines the contemporary and traditional, and a superb breakfast to boot. Grab your nearest and dearest and luxuriate in the inn’s unique twin roll top baths. Unadulterated bliss.
WHERE TO EAT
THE MOON HIGHGATE
129 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4EN
Behind a deceptively innocuous shopfront, The Moon is a family owned gem serving up a highly imaginative British menu. The emphasis on fresh, local produce is tangible in the seasonal selection, with no compromises on presentation. All that fresh Cumbrian air certainly works up an appetite, so let’s do lunch.
WHERE TO EAT
Mill Yard, Staveley, Cumbria, LA8 9LR
Just within the boundaries of the Lake District National Park, you’ll find the Hawkshead Brewery. They’ve been brewing craft beer from the Lakes since 2002 and pride themselves on creating brews of distinction. Sample the produce in the beer hall, whilst peeking into the brewery itself through well placed windows. Or take a daily tour to get up close and personal.
WHAT NOT TO MISS
THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
Whilst you’re in the area, a stroll in the varied and beautiful Lake District National Park is not to be missed. Its 912 square miles are home to both England’s deepest lake and highest mountain. Whether you’re after a quiet ramble with a pub at the end, or an expedition that would make Bear Grylls envious, pack a bag and head out.