The one-way system in Kendal, means that shopping here never seems too noisy, but has a pleasant bustle. There are many individual cafes and shops, especially around the Finkle Street area. Stricklandgate has plenty of excellent pubs and a weekly market at the Marketplace. There is an indoor shopping centre, the Westmorland, which adjoins a multi-storey car-park and Kendal bus station, so is handy for shoppers.
A trip to Kendal Castle is highly recommended - the views from here are gorgeous and afford a great view from the mountains of South Lakeland and the Howgills, all the way down to Morecambe Bay. There are also lovely walks along the disused canal and the River Kent, next to which is Kendal's parish church.
Kendal is famous for its mintcake - a "must" for walkers and hikers. It has also more recently become well known as the birthplace of the much-loved walker and author, A Wainwright who wrote many pictorial walking guides to the mountains of the surrounding area.
Kendal was affected by the floods across the North East of England in November 2009. You can see the latest Kendal weather and long range forecast here.