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Trains to Kendal

Known as The Gateway to The Lakes, the quaint Cumbrian market town of Kendal welcomes trains with a trundle along the famous National Park before they come to rest in a charming station with a stone-built shelter. Built in 1846, the station was initially opposed by poet laureate and long-time Lakes resident William Wordsworth, but he eventually relented and ended up buying shares in the rail's construction company. Today, the single-platform, unstaffed station is a popular rail hub for walkers seeking to explore the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks between which Kendal sits. Beyond a good ramble, there is plenty on offer with the ruins of Kendal Castle and Kendal Museum - one of the oldest museums in the country - inspiring visitors, and the many eateries and pubs in the Highgate area offering a much-needed breather. The town centre is just a ten-minute walk from the station, so, sadly, you won't need a piece of Kendal Mint Cake to get there - the energy snack famously used by explorers Edmund Hillary and Ernest Shackleton, which put Kendal firmly on the international map.

Station details & facilities

Kendal station is accessible on one side. The main entrance leads directly on to the platform. There is a shelter and cycle racks by the station's entrance and a help point to the right of the entrance. The station is unstaffed and has no ticket machines. Tickets must be purchased in advance or from the train's conductor once on board.