|A drive around the south east corner of Lakeland including some varied and interesting attractions. The popular towns of Kendal and Bowness, a number of famous historic houses, the beautiful Cartmel peninsula plus England's largest lake, Windermere.|
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|Summary of main attractions on route (click on name for detail)|
|Distance||Attraction||Car Park Coordinates|
|0 miles||Kendal||N 54.33013, W 2.74567|
|3.8 miles||Low Sizergh Barn||N 54.28212, W 2.76701|
|4.8 miles||Sizergh Castle & Gardens||N 54.27951, W 2.76822|
|7.4 miles||Levens Hall & Gardens||N 54.25987, W 2.77526|
|16.0 miles||Grange-over-Sands||N 54.19382, W 2.90795|
|18.6 miles||Cartmel||N 54.20087, W 2.95561|
|21.3 miles||Holker Hall & Gardens||N 54.18504, W 2.98163|
|26.6 miles||Haverthwaite Station||N 54.24935, W 3.00020|
|27.6 miles||Lakeland Motor Museum||N 54.25924, W 2.98886|
|30.0 miles||Fell Foot park||N 54.27621, W 2.94987|
|33.8 miles||Beech Hill picnic site||N 54.32014, W 2.94117|
|35.8 miles||Blackwell House||N 54.34286, W 2.92214|
|37.7 miles||Bowness-on-Windermere||N 54.36591, W 2.91993|
|39.1 miles||Windermere town||N 54.37644, W 2.90474|
|43.5 miles||Staveley||N 54.37691, W 2.81592|
|48.2 miles||Kendal||N 54.33013, W 2.74567|
Distance: 0 miles Location: Kendal, Westmorland Shopping Centre car park Coordinates: N 54.33013, W 2.74567
|Kendal town centre|
The town has a myriad of old alleys and buildings and there are plenty of good shops, cafes and pubs. Castle Hill, across the river from the town centre, is home to the ruined Kendal Castle and has some wonderful views of the surrounding area. At the southern end of the town centre is the huge Parish Church, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry and Abbot Hall Art Gallery. Also worth visiting is Kendal Museum and The Brewery Arts Centre which has an interesting and varied selection of events. Pay and display car park with toilet facilities.
Travelling:Leaving the multi-storey car park, turn right and follow the main road which, after a few bends, crosses the river on a narrow bridge. Get in the right lane of the two lane one-way system. The road follows the pleasant river for approx 0.5 miles until a T junction where you turn right to cross the river again. Get in the left lane which bears left once over the bridge. Continue away from the town centre, through a crossroads with traffic lights and onwards beyond the town boundary. Soon join the main A591 dual carriageway and pass a service station with shop on the left. Continue for approx 1 mile until a minor left turn leads in to Low Sizergh Barn.
Distance: 3.8 miles Location: Low Sizergh Barn Coordinates: N 54.28212, W 2.76701
|Low Sizergh Barn|
Travelling:As you leave the car park, just before the gateway to the dual carriageway, an alternative exit lane leads to the left alongside the cowsheds. Follow this lane which soon meets a T junction with the intriguingly named Nannypie Lane. Turn right underneath the dual carriageway then right again on the Sizergh Castle access road.
Distance: 4.8 miles Location: Sizergh Castle & Gardens Coordinates: N 54.27951, W 2.76822
|Sizergh Castle & Gardens|
Travelling:Return down the access road and continue straight ahead at the minor road junction. Immediately on the right is The Strickland Arms pub which provides refreshments in a pleasant setting. Continue a short distance to a T junction with the main A590 dual carriageway. The route continues to the right along the A590 but there is no right turn allowed, so turn left then all the way around the nearby roundabout to continue on the A590. After approx 0.4 miles, take the left turn which is the A6 towards Milnthorpe. Shortly, approach a T junction where you turn left, cross the River Kent bridge and Levens Hall entrance is immediately on the right.
Distance: 7.4 miles Location: Levens Hall & Gardens Coordinates: N 54.25987, W 2.77526
|Levens Hall & Gardens|
Travelling:As you exit Levens Hall, turn left on the A6 and in approx 0.3 miles take the left turn which becomes the A590 towards Barrow. The dual carriageway soon approaches the impressive limestone cliffs of Whitbarrow Scar on the right and becomes single carriageway. In a short distance there is a minor left turn to Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve, an oasis for wildlife, including nesting Ospreys in season. Beyond this the road soon become dual carriageway again before meeting a large roundabout where you take the first exit, the B5277 towards Grange. After approx 1 mile, enter the village of Lindale and take the first exit at the mini-roundabout. In another 1.5 miles, enter Grange-over-Sands, pass the train station on the left and take the first exit at the mini-roundabout. Pass the duck pond and gardens on the left and shortly beyond this is a left turn to Main Street car park.
Distance: 16.0 miles Location: Grange-over-Sands, Main Street car park Coordinates: N 54.19382, W 2.90795
Travelling:Exit Main Street car park and turn left which leads uphill through the town centre. Shortly, take the second exit at the mini-roundabout towards Cartmel. Immediately pass an impressive clock tower on the right and enter a short one-way section. At the crossroads go straight ahead towards Cartmel. The road climbs away from the town centre and passes some typical limestone built houses. After a fair amount of climbing the road leaves the town, passes Grange golf club on the right and reaches a T junction where you turn right. The road descends towards Cartmel and shortly enters the village. Turn right at the first T junction and almost immediate left beyond the Pig & Whistle pub. At the next T junction, turn right which soon leads to the village square. At the far end of the square, bear to the left of the Village Shop which leads to the racecourse car park.
Distance: 18.6 miles Location: Cartmel, racecourse car park Coordinates: N 54.20087, W 2.95561
Travelling:Exit the car park, passing through the village square again, past the Priory and continue on this road for approx 0.3 miles to a T junction where you turn right. The pleasing open road follows the valley for approx 1.4 miles to enter the village of Cark-in-Cartmel. Shortly, take the first right turn to Holker which soon passes the Rose & Crown pub on the left and meets a T junction where you turn right on the B5278. Continue for approx 0.3 miles to Holker Hall entrance on the left.
Distance: 21.3 miles Location: Holker Hall & Gardens Coordinates: N 54.18504, W 2.98163
|Holker Hall & Gardens|
Travelling:At the exit to Holker Hall, turn left on the B5278. Continue on the scenic road which has some open views ahead towards the Coniston Fells before entering a wooded section. Continue for approx 3 miles to cross the River Leven at the outskirts of Haverthwaite village. Very shortly take the next right turn where the main road bends sharply left. Follow this for approx 0.5 miles to a T junction with the main A590. Turn right across the dual carriageway and immediately left into Haverthwaite railway station.
Distance: 26.6 miles Location: Haverthwaite Station, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Coordinates: N 54.24935, W 3.00020
|Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway|
Travelling:Exit the car park and turn left on the main A590. Very shortly take the first left turn to Backbarrow. Continue through the village of Backbarrow, passing the village store on the right and soon cross the bridge over the impressive River Leven adjacent to the Whitewater Hotel. Immediately beyond the hotel, turn left and follow this road for approx 0.2 miles to the Lakeland Motor Museum, the main car park is on the right opposite the museum.
Distance: 27.6 miles Location: Lakeland Motor Museum Coordinates: N 54.25924, W 2.98886
|Lakeland Motor Museum|
Travelling:Leaving the museum car park, turn right and continue a short distance to a T junction with the main A590 where you turn left. In approx 0.8 miles, enter the small village of Newby Bridge where you can get refreshments at the Swan Hotel (over the bridge) or the Newby Bridge Hotel on the right. Continue a short distance to a roundabout, taking the first exit which is the A592 towards Windermere. Follow this road for approx 1 mile before reaching the entrance to Fell Foot Park on the left.
Distance: 30.0 miles Location: Fell Foot park Coordinates: N 54.27621, W 2.94987
|Fell Foot park|
Travelling:At the park exit, turn left on the A592. The winding road follows the lake northwards and although the lake is never far away, views are often obscured by trees. Continue for approx 3.4 miles to Beech Hill picnic area on the left, immediately before the Beech Hill Hotel.
Distance: 33.8 miles Location: Beech Hill picnic site Coordinates: N 54.32014, W 2.94117
|Beech Hill picnic site|
Travelling:Leave the car park, turn left and continue on the A592 passing some very nice but well hidden private properties overlooking the lake. After approx 0.9 miles you see the B5360 junction on the right where the main A592 turns sharply left. Take the B5360 turn and continue for approx 1 mile to Blackwell House entrance, signposted on the left.
Distance: 35.8 miles Location: Blackwell House Coordinates: N 54.34286, W 2.92214
Travelling:Leave Blackwell House and turn left, continuing on the B5360 for a short distance to a T junction with the A5074. Turn left towards Bowness, passing more exclusive properties and some impressive hotels, well hidden from the road but with great views over the lake. After approx 0.6 miles, take the left turn which is the B5284 towards Bowness. Drop down the hill a short distance to a T junction with the A592 where you turn right. Immediately pass the Windermere ferry turning and continue approx 0.5 miles to where the road meets the lakeshore. There is always plenty going on here with non-stop boats and people. The road then rises away from the lake passing various shops and cafes to meet a mini-roundabout where you take the first exit and very shortly Rayrigg Road car park is on the left.
Distance: 37.7 miles Location: Bowness-on-Windermere, Rayrigg Road car park Coordinates: N 54.36591, W 2.91993
The picturesque lakeside area is slightly separate to the town centre but often just as busy. There are a number of jetties where you can catch one of the many Windermere lake cruises. Beyond the jetties is Glebe Road which forms a popular loop along the lakeshore. Within this loop is a large open recreational area known as The Glebe. The grassy area provides lovely views up the lake and there are various activities available such as mini golf and tennis. Beyond The Glebe is Cockshott Point which also has some good open grassy areas and a footpath along the attractive lakeshore. There are a number of shops, kiosks, cafes and pubs around the lakeside area. Rayrigg Road car park is pay and display with toilet facilities.
Travelling:Exit the car park, turn right and retrace your steps a short distance to the mini-roundabout where you turn left up the hill on the A5074 towards Windermere town. Passing a number of shops, cafes and restaurants, continue to climb away from Bowness town. The road is then lined with numerous hotels and guest houses before you approach Windermere town centre. Just before the start of the one-way system, car parking is signposted on the right. Take this right which is Broad Street and a short distance along on the right is Broad Street car park.
Distance: 39.1 miles Location: Windermere town, Broad Street car park Coordinates: N 54.37644, W 2.90474
Travelling:Turn left out of the car park and right at the T junction on the A5074. Immediately pass through Windermere town centre on the one-way system. Shortly the road becomes two-way again and you soon reach a T junction with the main A591 where you turn right. The main road leads up and away from Windermere with some good open views of the surrounding countryside. Continue for approx 2 miles to Ings village which has a service station with shop on the main road and the popular Watermill Inn on the minor road to the right. Beyond Ings village, continue for approx 0.9 miles before you take a left turn towards Staveley village. The road leads through the village for approx 0.7 miles, passing a left turn to Kentmere valley, before you see a Spar shop on the left. Immediately before the shop, take the left turn then immediate right to Staveley Mill Yard.
Distance: 43.5 miles Location: Staveley, Mill Yard Coordinates: N 54.37691, W 2.81592
|St Margaret's Tower, Staveley|
Travelling:Exit the car park, turning left past the Spar shop to continue on the main road through the village. In approx 0.7 miles, cross the Windermere railway line on a level-crossing and just beyond this is a T junction with the main A591 where you turn left towards Kendal. In a short distance, pass a service station with shop and continue for approx 1.5 miles to a large roundabout. Stay in the left lane which continues straight through to Kendal. The road descends towards the town with some good open views. Enter the outskirts of the town and the road soon drops steeply, passing through traffic lights and the impressive County Hall on the left before bearing sharply left. Then take the right lane to turn right at the next traffic lights. Westmorland Shopping Centre car park is then immediately on the right.
Distance: 48.2 miles Location: Kendal, Westmorland Shopping Centre car park Coordinates: N 54.33013, W 2.74567
|River Kent, Kendal|