National Trust properties are great to visit in January for a winter walk and the Lake District’s Sizergh Castle is not one to miss.
Dating back to the 14th century this medieval castle is said to have been home to Catherine Parr, who later went on to become Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife.
The castle was extended in Tudor, Elizabethan and Georgian times to the 647 hectare estate now owned by the National Trust.
For a visit to the castle we recommend Mike Molloy’s Kendal circular route, which passes through Natland, Kendal and Brigsteer, avoiding all major roads in the area.
Along the way you’ll also see the remains of Kendal Castle which dates back to the 12th century, and was also home to the Parr family – although they moved from Kendal castle before Catherine was born.
Although an “Easy” route, Mike’s walk is almost 10 miles, so if you are struggling you should pick up some famous Kendal Mint Cake on your way through the town. The sweet is a favourite with outdoor enthusiasts and contains a blend of sugars, water and peppermint. Even Edmund Hillary ate it on the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953!
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