How to get here
If you are travelling from the North West of England, hop on board the First Transpennine Express service to Kendal train station. Sizergh Castle is just a short bus ride or bike ride from Kendal Train Station (5 miles). By bike - It’s free to bring your bike on the train, call 0845 600 1674 to make a reservation, or reserve a place when you book your ticket. If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry, you can hire a mountain bike or electric from Askew Cycles in Kendal. See the cycle page for the route and bike hire information By bus - Kendal bus station is a 10 min walk from Kendal train station. Walk under the railway bridge, go straight ahead at the mini roundabout, take the bridge across the River Kent, turn right at the cross roads and bus Stand E is on your right. See the bus page for the bus information
If you are arriving by car, just follow the instructions below, then leave your car in our car park and enjoy a whole day out around Sizergh. Don’t forget to pack your walking boots so you enjoy the beautiful walks in the garden and nearby . From the M6, exit at junction 36, then take A590 towards Kendal, take Barrow-in-Furness turning and follow brown signs. Parking: 250 yards from the main entrance. Sat-Nav: enter LA8 8DZ
Parking: 250 yards
Sat-Nav: enter LA8 8DZ
Sizergh Castle, nestled in limestone pasture, orchards and semi-natural woodland, stands at the gateway to the Lake District National Park. So why not take the train, bus, or bike to this hidden gem and then enjoy the fantastic walks on offer once you get here? Some highlights include the great views at Sizergh Fell (2 hours, 3.5 miles) and a Secret Gorge Walk along the River Kent (2 hours, 3.5 miles). A shorter option could be a stroll to Brigsteer Woods for lovely views and a chance to spot deer (15 mins). There’s lots of information in the reception, and you’ll find plenty of signposts to the footpaths which start right from the car park. Check out the National Trust Lake Outdoors website or pick up a Rangers Guide once you get here for ideas. Look out for guided walks around the grounds too! After working up an appetite why not visit Sizergh Castle’s café for a well-deserved treat? Otherwise The Strickland Arms traditional country pub is only 10 minutes away. If you want to stay within walking distance of the Castle, book into Holeslack National Trust Holiday Cottage or Low Park Wood Caravan Site right in the grounds. There are also plenty of B&Bs close by.
From Kendal, take the 555, 755, 551 or 530 to the Brettagh Holt roundabout near Sedgewick from Stand E at the Kendal bus station on Blackhall Road. The buses are frequent and the 555 runs every day. For times of the next buses visit www.nextbuses.mobi and enter “cumdjgam” or “Kendal Blackhall Road“. For all bus timetables visit www.golakes.co.uk/bybus. Once at Brettagh Holt, take care crossing this busy road and use the crossing place. Continue walking in the direct of the bus, and then turn right down Nannypie Lane following the brown sign to Sizergh Castle. Take care on this country lane. Walk past the Strickland Arms pub and continue along the driveway to Sizergh Castle (20 mins walk).
NCN6, 1½ miles. RCR20 passes main gate. Pedal to Sizergh Castle for a great day out – there are safe bike racks here, hearty refreshments are served in the café, and the National Cycle Route 70 passes by our main gate. Route 70 (also known as the “Walney to Wear”) starts in Barrow-in Furness and passes through Ulverston, Cartmel and Grange-over-Sands before reaching Sizergh Castle. It then continues on through the South Pennines and eventually reaches Sunderland. From Kendal take cycle Route 6 to meet National Cycle Route 70. Take Route 6 along Natland Road into Natland, after Natland pick up route 70 and continue through Sedgewick, cross the River Kent and take Nannypie Lane right up to the Sizergh Castle driveway! The routes are on the road so are best suited for experienced cyclists. Visit the National Trust Lake Outdoors website for a detailed route description. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike, you can hire one from Askew Cycles in Kendal. Askew Cycles just a 2 minute walk from the train station in the Old Brewery on Wildman Street. From the train station walk under the railway bridge, go straight ahead at the mini roundabout and Askew Cycles is on your left. They are open from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Call 01539 728057 to check availability. Fancy a boost? Try an electric bike! They have two for hire at Askew Cycles, and there’s a charge point close to Sizergh Castle.