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Kendal parks

Abbot Hall, LA9 5AQ

Abbot Hall is the central park in Kendal. It has a children’s play area, an open grass field and a crown bowling green.

The park is adjacent to Abbot Hall art gallery and museum and close to Kendal Parish Church. It is within walking distance of Kendal town centre.

Bowling Fell, LA9 4HT

Bowling Fell is situated on Kendal Heights and is close to the town centre car parks and Beast Banks.

Bowling Fell is the site of Kendal's first castle, the remnants of the bailey and motte are still there today at what is known as Castle Howe. An obelisk was put in place in 1788 to commemorate the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

Kendal Civic Society think that Bowling Fell was Kendal's first official park and was used as a bowling green for a game that would be similar to boules. It is a scheduled monument of historic importance and offers excellent views of the Kendal skyline.

Castle Hill, LA9 6BF

Castle Hill is the site of Kendal Castle.

There are information boards on site and information leaflets available from the Tourist Information Centre at the Made in Cumbria shop on Branthwaite Brow, as well as interactive media in Kendal Museum.

The hill gives commanding views which are popular with walkers and provides space for outdoor activities.

Parking is available on Castle Drive, although it is within walking distance of the town centre car parks.

Ford Park, LA9 7LR

Overlooking the River Kent on Natland Road, Ford Park is formally laid out as an ornamental park.

There are floral displays and shrub beds, as well as a riverside walk leading to the centre of Kendal.

Nobles Rest, LA9 4AY

Situated at the end of Maude Street, this is a popular location for anyone seeking peace and quiet.

There are magnificent trees and floral beds, a scented garden, wild flower meadow and grass maze.

Nobles Rest enhancement 

We have £150,000 to make the park more attractive, with new paths, seats, planting and play areas. 

Tree management works were completed at the end of 2017. Drainage and path improvements start on Monday 5 February 2018 and the park will be closed from that date for a minimum of 16 weeks to allow for the work and to ensure public safety while it is being carried out.

We have formed The Friends of Nobles Rest group who helped with the development of the master plan and also further fundraising, through grants, for projects on the park.

If you wish to join this group please contact us at

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Serpentine Woods, LA9 4PE

Formerly called 'Dob Freer', which is a Cumbrian dialect term for free land, this area is off Queen's Road, in the west of Kendal.

The name Serpentine Woods comes from the layout of paths as they wind in and out of the woodland.

There are 3 miles of woodland trails through trees and shrubs growing over a bed of limestone pavement. There are also magnificent views of the fells and across Kendal.