About the Festival

Kendal hosted its fourth walking festival in August 2021!

Unfortunately in 2020 we had to cancel the Kendal Walking Festival due to Covid-19 restrictions. Therefore this was our fourth walking festival.

Kendal makes a superb base for those who enjoy walking. Surrounded by beautiful scenery it offers a wide variety of walking experiences. It’s a 5-minute drive into the Lake District National Park and 20 minutes from the Yorkshire Dales.

England’s largest and deepest lakes and its highest mountains are within easy reach. The scenic Cumbria Coastal Way and the Dales Way both pass close to Kendal. Popular walking places in Lancashire are also only an hour away. It’s quick and easy to get here – we are close to the M6, most trains on the West Coast Mainline stop at Oxenholme (Lake District) and Manchester and Liverpool airports are about 1.5 hours away.

The town, once home to Britain’s most famous walk writer A Wainwright (AW), has a lot to offer in itself, whether you’re looking for culture, nature, history, shopping, eating or drinking. With its bus and train links you don’t even need to use a car.

Our 4th Walking Festival offers an opportunity to explore this wonderful town, with its roots embedded so deeply in the peaceful landscapes that surround it. The festival has something for everyone regardless of his or her walking capabilities. And while you are here, why not stay on a few extra days and sample the nearby castles, gardens, and other attractions.