Under three hours by train from London and a few minutes drive from junction 36 of the M6 is Kendal, once called Cherchbi, now better known as the Gateway to the Lakes.

About 12 miles (19km) due east of Kendal is Sedbergh which lies within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s also on the doorstep of the Howgill Fells and has been England’s Book Town since 2006. 

Another 12 miles (19km), this time to the south of Sedbergh, is the picturesque town of Kirkby Lonsdale, with its famous view over the River Lune, ‘one of the loveliest in England,’ said the great Victorian John Ruskin. 

To the south west of Kendal is Cumbria’s peninsula coast and the wildlife haven of Morecambe Bay. Looking across the bay is Grange-over-Sands and next door the pretty village of Cartmel, a foodie destination with a racecourse and a beautiful priory church.

West of Cartmel is Ulverston and then Barrow-in-Furness, the latter once a great centre for iron and steel making and then some years afterwards a naval and merchant shipbuilder to the world. 

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