Kendal Fell.

Start. Kendal (Little Aynam).

Route. Kendal (Little Aynam) - Bridge Lane - Miller Bridge - Lowther Street - Allhallows Lane - Beast Banks - Greenside - Boundary Bank Lane - Kendal Fell Quarry - Boundary Bank - Helsfell Hall - Helsfell Nab - Queen's Road - South View Lane - Windermere Road (A6) - Victoria Bridge - Water Side - Stramongate Bridge - Gooseholme Park - Little Aynam.

Notes. Something a little different today, apart from the walking I’ll try to show you some of the oddities around this market town, if everything goes to plan. Come along apart from peculiarities and quirks it’s a walk out of town, a ramble over field paths with commanding views over Kendal and some of the South Lakeland's classic mountains.

My morning started in Little Aynam next to the putting green, no parking restrictions on Sundays, I made my way to Miller Bridge, crossed the river then ascended Lowther Street. As I passed the Gawith Snuff Works there should have been a statue of a Turk above my head, alas it’s been removed hopefully for restoration. I continued to a crossroads, straight on I went ascending Allhallows Lane then Beast Banks. In Beast Banks I passed No 21, adorning the gable end is a small figure of a man holding an architects drawing. A tribute to Miles Thompson designer of many public and domestic buildings in Kendal, he died in his house on The Lound in 1868, the statue was placed on No 21 by his brother.

I continued climbing stopping again at Monument House, a sign above a door announced this was Scotch Burial Ground, the building dates back to 1764 originally a Scottish Presbyterian Chapel, the burial ground was opened in 1760 and was in use until 1855, the chapel became a private house after closing in 1812.

Onwards and upwards onto Greenside, here’s one for the kids. No 10 Greenside was the former Beast Banks Post Office. Postman Pat the famous children’s television character was born in 1978 just up the road at No 32, where author John Cunliffe lived, he started his research for the series at this quaint Post Office.

I continued up Greenside rows of smart Victorian houses to my right, the housing ended at a Lime Kiln. Greenside Kiln dates back to 1840 the only surviving kiln of twelve around Kendal Fell, it worked successfully until 1906, in fact it was so successful they had to limit the number of cart loads of lime being delivered to the canal head. The houses below the kiln were built later in 1870-80.

I continued climbing to access Boundary Bank Lane, this lane safely ushered me through a small industrial estate, I continued climbing between two large quarries, one still in use. It all looks a bit messy and disheveled up here, even the few private houses at Boundary Bank look unkempt, I passed them continuing along the lane to access sheep pastures when the lane terminated.

I suddenly found myself in stunning views, north I walked into these staggering vistas. Through fields ignoring the footbridge over the by-pass entering a small thicket before descending to a fine old building, Helsfell Hall. Helsfell Hall dates back to the 16th century, residence of the Briggs family. Robert Briggs fought for the Parliamentary side in 1640, after the war the Philipsons of Hollin Hall who were Royalists stripped the Briggs family assets including the hall, which was left to decay.

From this fine old building my route turned south, field paths guided me, first passed Helsfell Nab followed by a long easy descent back to the streets of Kendal. I emerged onto Queen’s Road, turned left then made my way to the top of South View Lane, a lovely cobbled path, I descended to access Windermere Road. All that remained to pick my way back to the parked car, from the bottom of Windermere Road via Sands Avenue, Water Side and Gooseholme Park.

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In Allhallows Lane viewing Kendal Town Hall, built in 1827 originally known as White Hall, as the building it replaced was White Hall, a place where cloth was bought and sold, the slender chimney to the right was part of the public wash house and baths built in 1864, swimming baths were added when the Corporation took over in 1884, it's now found a new lease of life as Wetherspoons.

 

No 21 Beast Banks, Miles Thompson designed many fine buildings in Kendal including the Public Wash House above, he re-developed Colin Croft Yarn down the hill from this property, and designed many in Beast Banks including this one....

....this figurine of a man holding an architectural drawing was placed here by his brother after his death in 1868.

Monument House and the Scotch Burial Ground, the building dates back to 1764 originally a Scottish Presbyterian Chapel, the burial ground opened in 1760 it was in use until 1855, the chapel became a private house after closing in 1812.

No 10 Greenside, the former Beast Banks Post Office, where author John Cunliffe started his research for the famous children's television series Postman Pat.

Greenside Lime Kiln, the only one of twelve to survive on Kendal Fell.

Views down Greenside including Kendal Castle and Windy Hill.

Boundary Bank Lane looking to The Helm.

Boundary Bank.

High Street and the Kentmere Fells seen from the end of Boundary Bank Lane.

Scout Scar as seen over Boundary Bank Farm.

Sunlight on Potter Fell.

Looking over sheep pastures leading to Cunswick Fell, on the horizon the Langdale Pikes.

Above Helsfell Hall looking over the Kent valley, across the horizon the Whinfell range.

Helsfell Hall with views to Whinfell Beacon.

In sunlight and shade a pooling of peaks and corrie's a distant Howgill Fells.

Helsfell Nab as seen from field paths below Kettlewell Crag.

In front of me, rising above Kendal Benson Knott.

South View Lane.

The arches of Stramongate Bridge seen from Water Side.

The River Kent at Gooseholme.

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