Kendal Trip

7 March 2020 to 10 March 2020
Places visited: Kendal, Lancaster and Sedbergh

This was our first caravan trip of the year; my husband, my dog (Buddy) and me. We stayed at The Ashes Caravan Park in Kendal, which is a lovely campsite with beautiful panoramic views. Unfortunately, the weather was awful, it rained almost the entire time we were there with winds reaching up to 40 mph at times. The inclement weather cut our trip short by a day, as we got so fed up we decided to come home early. This unfortunately meant we missed out visiting Windermere and Ambleside. We did, however, manage to visit the places mentioned above and I was lucky enough to purchase a few secondhand books along the way.

Kendal

Kendal, which is often referred to as the gateway to the Lake District, is a lively market town with some lovely independent shops, tempting cafes and tearooms and quaint cobbled streets. There is also the farmers market on the last Friday of each month. It is the home of Kendal mint cake, a very sugary confection flavoured strongly with peppermint. It is popular with walkers , climbers and mountaineers as a valuable source of energy.

FACT: We intended to visit 13th century ruins of Kendal Castle, but this was little excursion was scuppered due to the weather. This castle was apparently once owned by the Parr family, a member of which was Katharine Parr, sixth wife to Henry VIII.

Book Shops

We didn’t visit any of the bookshops, my book purchases were made from the charity shops in Kendal. I did want to visit the Lions Club Charity Bookshop, but this is only open 3 days a week and was not open when we visited Kendal.

  • Lions Club Charity Bookshop – 18 Westmorland Shopping Centre. Only opens Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
  • Waterstones – 7 Westmorland Shopping Centre.
  • Market Place Books – 26 Market Place. A Christian bookshop overseen by the Kendal and District Literature Society. Not my thing, but I did peep in the window!
  • Left on the Shelf – 87 Highgate. A secondhand bookseller selling all things to do with socialism
  • WHSmith – 46/48 Stricklandgate.

Lancaster

Situated along the River Lune, Lancaster is a bustling town full of high street shops, which really wasn’t our cup of tea – we couldn’t wait to get away! Although we didn’t explore the bookshops listed below, we did trawl the numerous charity shops and book purchases were made!

FACT: Lancaster Castle is well known as the site of the Pendle witch trials in 1612. I have recently finished a book called The Familiars by Stacey Hall which is based on the Pendle witches. I gave it 4 stars, definitely worth a read.

Book Shops
  • Waterstones 1 Cornmarket, St Nicholas Arcades.
  • Atticus – 26 King Edward Street – Secondhand books
  • Blackwells – Lancaster University, Bailrigg – a university bookshop.
  • Assembled Books – Assembly Rooms, King Street. A small secondhand bookshop I an indoor market.
  • WHSmith – 21 Market Street, St Nicholas Arcades.
  • The Works – 7 Marketgate, St Nicholas Arcades.

Sedbergh

We kept seeing signs for Sedbergh during our stay and, even though it’s not in the Lake District, it was only a 20 minute drive from where we were staying so we decided it was worth investing. We didn’t realise until we entered the town that it is in fact a book town and it was such a lovely find.

Sedbergh is an attractive old market town, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is one of England’s official book towns, which was set up in 2001 after the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak to help reinvigorate the local economy. We discovered three dedicated secondhand bookshops, one of which was really big! There are also several book cafes and even the fish and chip shop sells books; on fishing, fish cookery and marine and river life. Haddock Paddock Fish and Chips is on Main Street. There is also a redundant book shelter, with an honesty policy; take a book, leave a book.

Book Shops
  • Westwood Books (pictured above) – Long Lane, Sedbergh. A really big secondhand book shop, boasting around 70,000 books on all subjects, on two floors. The shop was very welcoming and the staff very helpful. http://www.westwoodbooks.co.uk
  • Dales and Lakes Book Centre – 72 Main Street. Information centre, gifts, and secondhand books.
  • Clutter Books – 77 Main Street. Sedbergh’s community charity shop dedicated solely to books.

Book Haul

These are the books I purchased. All from the charity shops in Kendal and Lancaster.

This could quite possibly be our last trip for some time, as upon our return home things appear to have escalated regarding the Corona Virus. There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment and particularly in regards to travel. We have a holiday to the Scottish Highlands planned in May, fingers crossed everyone stays safe and we are back to normality by then.

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