What to do in Kendal, Natland and the Lake District

Mountain Explorer is based in the beautiful village of Natland which lies on the outskirts of the characterful and bustling market town of Kendal. Kendal is known as the “Gateway to the Lake District.” The Lake District with its inspiring mountains, tranquil lakes and unique character is both Britain’s biggest National Park and a World Heritage Site.


The beautiful village of Natland lies about 2 miles south of Kendal and less than a mile from the hamlet of Oxenholme. Oxenholme lies on the Main West Coast Railway Line providing direct links to London, Glasgow, Manchester Airport and Windermere. For those who would like to travel by train we include in all our packages a pick-up and drop-off service from Oxenholme railway station. If you are travelling by bus/coach we are also more than happy to collect you and deliver you to Kendal bus station at the start and end of your time with us.

The village of Natland dates from Roman times and the earliest recorded use of the name is in 1164. At the centre of the village is the picturesque parish church which looks over the idyllic village green, characterful houses, post office and teashop. Several beautiful walks begin and end in Natland and these can be started from the front door of our accommodation.

Natland itself lies on the National Cycle Network (routes 6 and 70) and also provides a wealth of local cycling opportunities. Nearby attractions include Sizergh Castle and Levens Hall – perhaps while you are out exploring you will discover the long lost entrance to Natland’s fabled treacle mines.


Natland and the surrounding neighbourhood

Kendal – “The Gateway to the Lake District”

The historic town of Kendal is less than a mile from the boundary of the Lake District National Park and is commonly referred to as the “Gateway to the Lakes.” With its excellent transport links it makes the ideal base to explore not only the beautiful Lake District (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), but also the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Forest of Bowland, Eden Valley, North Pennines, Furness Peninsula, and parts of the Yorkshire Dales.

Kendal itself has a long history and has been an important centre for trade and commerce. The town’s traditional trade was wool and the town’s motto ‘Pannus mihi panis’, literally means ‘wool is my bread’. Kendal is characterised by its narrow streets and delightful yards and boasts historic buildings and bridges, two castles, two museums and Cumbria’s largest parish church. It also provides a fine selection of shopping arcades, restaurants, public houses and cafes.

Kendal is exciting, vibrant and full of life. Its year round programme of cultural events and festivals provides something for everyone. Making it the ideal base for our photography courses, guided walks, holidays and short breaks.

Pictures courtesy of www.visit-kendal.co.uk

We think Kendal will surprise you – it’s no ordinary market town. From exhilarating scenery to exciting festivals, international arts to intriguing history – we can’t wait to show you around. We hope these leaflets will give you a sense of Kendal and everything it has to offer

experiences and events in kendal

Welcome to Kendal

Read this leaflet to get a sense of Kendal

Kendal Culture Leaflet

Arts, festivals, attractions and taste sensations that make Kendal so special and memorable.

Kendal Trails Leaflet

Historical Trail

Culture Trail

Woodland Trail

Accommodation in Natland, Kendal.

If you would like to come and stay with us on a Bed and Breakfast basis to explore this wonderful area please e-mail with your preferred dates and we will confirm availability.

Bed and Breakfast in a comfortable twin/double room costs £90.00 per night per room (minimum stay 2 nights)

An evening meal can be provided if required. A three course evening meal costs £25.00 per person.

For further details please see our accommodation page.