A little tour around my town in spring

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

I wanted to make a little ‘swanstagram’ swan appreciation post… then decided to add in a few snaps I took around town on the same day. I am the nosiest person when it comes to seeing where people live haha, I am

 always curious to see what it’s like there and love visiting, living vicariously, through someone else’s lens.

My town is Kendal, a market town based about 8 miles from Windermere and I live a little further out, on the outskirts, surrounded by fields and sheep. Here are my favourite little corners of this place I call home…

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

We have so many becks and streams all running down to meet the river running through our town and one bubbling by behind the fence at the foot of our garden. I’ve been incredibly excited to see swans up and down the river, I’m keeping my eye out for cygnets as we often see them every year! Spring is my favourite time of year, it means blossoms all along the river, baby swans and ducklings and sunshine making the water sparkle.

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

Old stone bridges like these carry the traffic over and it weaves in and out through the one way system; the bridges are quite narrow! We easily get flooded, the water comes down from the hills when it rains and the river rises quickly. A few years back the water on the roads rose so deep it ravaged the houses, it destroyed so many people’s homes and affected even more. I love how everyone came together to offer aid and lodging.

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

Walking up the cobbled streets, there are so many beautiful old houses in town that haven’t changed much from over a hundred years ago. Sometimes, when a shop is changing its front decor you can see the old, archaic painted sign underneath. Little plaques are dotted everywhere, telling you the history of each of the buildings.

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

The shapes of the rooftops, some falling inwards, the chimneys are still the same and I love that, it’s almost like going back in time. Church bells, that age old harmony, are always sounding in the distance.

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

I think the swans are pretty friendly here, they definitely associate people with food! They like to haunt us, drifting up and down the river by the art gallery and play park and we stroll along eating fish and chips or nutella sandwiches from home. We like to stand on the footbridge and watch them pass under us, a glimmer of silk white in the sun and the water, weaving in and out of blotches of shade, and then they are gone.

Spring Lake District town blog tour, where I live

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

The earliest blossoms outside the regency style houses. My town has a very small museum and an art gallery, The Abbott Hall. Shops… we have a multitude of charity shops and tea rooms haha! It’s very possible to while away hours searching for treasures and eating endless sandwiches and scones, take it from me guilty

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

Hello chocolate shop! This is one of the quaintest places in my town, even though it is definitely cheaper to get your kendal mint cake at the newsagents haha. It’s an old little house with a very, very low ceiling, stepping inside feels like entering a cave. There are many alleyways and archways from another time, the stonework still remains from where the blood used to run down and away through the streets from the butchers.

Lake District Kendal Cumbria

We have many elderly residents living here, especially around the town centre and it is almost possible to live through a different era in that respect; when I am in town you will almost always find me sitting at the bus stop for what feels like forever learning all the funny old things from years ago, where the old schools used to be and how people grew up. I kind of feel like a stowaway here most of the time. My town brings me a lot of inspiration for my blog. I wanted to set up a place to talk about the feelings I got from the places around me.

Spring Lake District town blog tour, where I live

Let’s meet for lunch and eat endless scones and watch ducks and swans! Have you been here before? ♡



  1. Cora - Tea Party Princess
    April 16, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    It looks gorgeous! So very much like spring. Your photography is excellent πŸ™‚
    Cora | teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • elizabeth
      April 20, 2018 / 11:21 pm

      Aw thank you so much Cora! This means so much πŸ˜€ β™‘

  2. Moonsparkle
    April 16, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Beautiful! I love blossoms and the town looks very pretty. πŸ™‚ My grandma used to live near Kendal, so I'd love to visit one day. I remember she mentioned Kendal mint cake!


    • elizabeth
      April 20, 2018 / 11:31 pm

      Thank you so much Zania, always so kind of you!! I remembered from your email ;D I can't believe I haven't sent you a reply yet, I'm so sorry! Haha yess kendal mint cake ftw xD β™‘

    • Moonsparkle
      April 22, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      You're welcome, Elizabeth! That's fine, don't worry about it. πŸ™‚ Hope you're having a lovely weekend. x <3

  3. Leigh Brady
    April 16, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Absolutely love the style of the buildings, they look so well together! It looks like a lovely place to wander about in the Spring/Summer! x

    – Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

    • elizabeth
      April 20, 2018 / 11:45 pm

      Thanks so much Leigh!! I really love those style of buildings, they look so old fashioned and charming πŸ˜€ β™‘

  4. MakeErinOver
    April 16, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    It's so lovely! Swans are so lovely (unless they are chasing you down the park for your crisps – true story lol)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  5. the creation of beauty is art.
    April 17, 2018 / 1:27 am

    You always post the most beautiful photos! I love swans πŸ™‚

  6. Jules on the moon
    April 17, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    So beautiful!!


  7. Julia
    April 17, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Your town looks beautiful, so quaint and peaceful! I see why you love being there and find inspiration from the nature and the old buildings. This must be such a lovely atmosphere to live in. Thank you for sharing!

    Julia x
    Last Post: Why You Should Do Things NOW | juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/lifestyle-why-you-should-do-things-now.html

  8. Kasie
    April 17, 2018 / 10:51 pm

    Your town is absolutely lovely, especially during these early spring days. Those buildings are so picturesque and charming.

  9. Manon
    April 18, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    Beautiful pictures!
    The spring colors, the flowers, the buildings.. Everything looks lovely!

  10. RaeAbigael
    April 18, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    ohhh this place is so magical and so pretty and super dreamy! how i wish i live there! It makes me want to ballet all throughout! <3 Anyway, just dropping by to say hello all the way from the Philippines! I hope you can drop by my blog too and follow along if you like. Have a nice day! πŸ™‚

    xoxo, rae


  11. Danielle Alexa
    April 18, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Wow, it looks so beautiful and picturesque!

    Danielle xx

  12. Rhianna
    April 22, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    You live in the cutest place! It looks like a postcard come to life! So beautiful! πŸ™‚

    Rhianna xx

  13. Helen C
    April 26, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Gorgeous set of photos Elizabeth, and your words are so poetic. You really have a photographic eye, and it was interesting to get a viewing of where you live, everything looks so pretty and calming! Wishing you a great rest of the week! πŸ™‚ xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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