Leisurely walking on the Lakes Line from Kendal this spring

Less than a minute walk and you’re in the centre of Kendal from the train station. This station connects travellers to the West Coast Mainline at Oxenholme – the Lake District, the next stop making a car free holiday or weekend break extremely convenient and practical (and most importantly, enjoyable!).

Onwards from Kendal are stops at Burneside, Staveley and Windermere each offering great walking potential and most definitely, don’t discount Burneside or Staveley. Burneside for great low level countryside walks and the Staveley being a lovely village with lots of places to eat and drink and which the Kentmere Valley can be accessed for one of the most undiscovered locations in the Southern Lake District.

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Ideas for walks can be obtained even easier now by a new leaflet produced by train enthusiasts of 5 walks from stations along the Lakes Line. Find these leaflets at staffed stations across the North of England as well as Tourist Information Centres. Travel by train, no traffic jams, better for the environment and the ultimate in relaxed travel.

Kendal, the official gateway to the Lakes naturally provides an ideal base for exploring the region on foot, by rail, bus as well as by car. Take advantage of the great choice of places to stay and affordable too. The Riverside Hotel is our pick with river view rooms, a restaurant for dining as well as a bar and the Sanctuary Health Club with pool, spa pool, sauna, steam room and gym, free to use for all hotel guests. On now, a 2 night spring deal from just £188 (only available when booking direct) based on 2 sharing including breakfast each morning, unlimited use of the health club and a 3 course dinner on the first night. Visit http://www.riversidekendal.co.uk/ for more information and to check availability.

Make the most of the first Bank Holiday in May in Cumbria

With Easter being early this year and the weather wasn’t that kind, why not look to make the most of the May Day Bank Holiday taking place this weekend. The kids have all gone back to school so it’s an ideal time for a better value break either with or without the little ones.

Having opened on Monday, just in time for May Day was the new walking route, the Ullswater Way. The 20 mile waymarked circular walk around the whole Ullswater is a must do in 2016. Ullswater offers peace and tranquillity yet with dramatic fells and surrounding vistas as well as the beautiful Ullswater Steamers, not only providing a memorable day trips and experiences but also handy travel up and down the lake with stops along the way including the iconic Aira Force Waterfalls.

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Head further towards the motorway and the Rheged Centre has a packed programme of events on right now and throughout the Bank Holiday. There’s a children’s film screening of the Lion King 3D on Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May and for bigger people the daily large format film is a must see of the Cairngorms in Winter part of the Scottish Film Season at Rheged. Along with the special events and showings Rheged has, as standard, the award winning café, children’s play areas and arm shop full of locally produced food and crafts.

Tebay Services Hotel have rooms still available for the weekend including family rooms starting from just £154 per room per night for 2 adults and 2 children with breakfast. Visit http://www.westmorlandhotel.com/ for more information.