Four miles (6.4km) north of Kendal a single track road off the A6 goes into the cul-de-sac valley of Longsleddale. It’s a plod of a minor road all the way to Sadgill - four miles (6.4km) of twisting and turning - although the river which tracks the narrow route is funnily enough called The Sprint. 

Sadgill is a popular starting point for those following the river and then trekking over Gatescarth Pass to Haweswater or walking west into Kentmere. 

A few miles further north, lying between the A6 and the M6, is Borrowdale, a valley much loved by walking guide writer Alfred Wainwright. It’s not to be confused with the Borrowdale near Keswick and Derwentwater. 

Another favourite of walkers is Kentmere whose front door is the large village of Staveley, north west of Kendal, just off the A591 to Windermere.

Head south from Kendal on the A6 towards Lancaster and within fairly quick succession you come to the historic homes of Sizergh Castle (just off the A6) and Levens Hall.

Further south again is Milnthorpe where the B5282 goes to Arnside, a small seaside village with grand views of Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland fells. 



Train. Arnside is on the Furness Line ( between Barrow and Carnforth/Lancaster. Staveley is on the Lakes Line ( between Oxenholme and Windermere. Oxenholme is on the west coast main line between London, Carlisle and Glasgow.

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