After our visit to Abbot Hall to see the Julian Cooper exhibition we had a wander round the town centre and then, as it had turned into a pleasant afternoon, we decided to walk up to Kendal Castle. The Castle was built in the early 12th Century on a glacial hill left behind from the last ice age, to the east of the town. It was more of a fortified manor house for the local barons, than a military stronghold, but it would have dominated the town, looking over it from it’s prominent high position. And it would have been a potent symbol of their wealth and power.
Crossing the River Kent near to Abbot Hall, it’s a short walk to Castle Hill.
It’s then a short, if steep, climb up to the castle.
I didn’t have my camera with me, but the good light meant I was able to get some decent shots using my phone.
Visibility was good so there were great views over to Red Screes and the Kentmere fells.
We could clearly see Yoke and Ill Bell that we’d climber only a few weeks before.
We had a quick look round the interior of the ruined castle