Yet another fine sunny morning. We had an hour to kill before lunch at the Brewery Arts Centre and a theatre trip for TBH, A and B. What better way to spend that hour than a walk on Castle Hill and a wander around the ruins of Kendal Castle.
A and B were very excited and had run ahead and begun to explore before we joined them. S also ran but his little legs don’t generate much speed and he had to settle for bringing up the rear with his grandparents.
According to the information boards dotted around the castle it was built in the early thirteenth century and was occupied by the Barons of Kendal until it was abandoned in 1597. Katherine Parr who was Henry VIII’s last wife was from Kendal Castle.
Although it’s ruined the castle has plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.
After following their granddad onto this tower…
…the children decided that it was a dungeon and had soon imagined that they were prisoners there…
We climbed every available staircase and examined every extant room…
…and then walked around the moat to view the battlements from there.
There was more ivy-leaved toadflax growing on the walls. Also this…
which might be maidenhair fern.
Castle Hill is all of 93m, but none the less, like most castles, Kendal Castle is a fine vantage point with views over Kendal and on a clearer day of the hills of the lake District.
It’s also possible to pick out some of the road bridges over the Kent as it passes through Kendal – a reminder of unfinished business.
You can find more (better) pictures, including an aerial one, and some history of the Castle here.