We work closely with English Heritage, amenity groups and
local communities to promote the repair and improvement of
important heritage sites, particularly those in our ownership such
as Kendal Castle and Castle Howe.
- The £0.3m Kendal Castle
Centenary Project, undertaken in 1997 with the help of the Heritage
Lottery Fund, involved stone-work conservation, landscaping and
path improvements, and interpretation both on site and at Kendal
Museum. The council has worked closely with the Kendal Castle
Consultative Group and Friends of Kendal Castle to undertake: a
geophysical survey involving archaeologists from "Time Team";, an
illustrated Guide Book (available at £2.95 in local shops and
Kendal Tourist Information Centre). A new metal staircase
providing safe access to Kendal Castle's North West Tower was
opened in April 2004. View an
by the Kendal panel of how the staircase may
have looked in the past.
We are a member of the Lancaster Canal - Northern Reaches
Restoration Group (NRRG), a partnership of 9 organisations
committed to restoring the Lancaster Canal to Canal Head, Kendal.
This major scheme will bring very significant economic, heritage
and recreation benefits to Kendal , South Lakeland and Cumbria, as
well as the wider North West region. The NRRG partners include:
British Waterways, Lancaster City Council, The Waterways Trust,
Cumbria County Council, Inland Waterways Association, Lancashire
County Council, Lancaster Canal Trust, Kendal Town Council.
The opening of the new Ribble Link Canal at Preston in 2002
connected the Lancaster Canal to the national canal network for the
first time in its history. The restoration of the Northern Reaches
opens the prospect of canal boats cruising from "London to the
Lakes", with Kendal as the most northerly destination of the
English canal network.