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Venue

The Castle Green Hotel is situated in Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, in the North-West of England.

Castle Green Hotel
Castle Green Lane
Kendal
Cumbria, LA9 6RG


Travel

The notes below draw together some useful information about travel to and from the venue for GDR – AFPAC 2010. Please note that train times etc., whilst current at the time of checking (November 2009), should also be checked when booking tickets. Good guidance on train times can be found on either of Virgin Trains or National Rail Enquiries.

By Road

Plan your route on-line

From M6 Motorway North Bound
From Exit 36 follow signs to Kendal A590/A591, approx. 9 miles, take exit signed Kendal Historic Market Town, Kendal South and A6. Entering Kendal, right at first lights, signed Sedbergh, left at roundabout and right into Parkside Road. 3/4 mile to Sedbergh Road, opposite to the Training & Business Centre, left and first right to The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

From M6 Motorway South Bound
Exit 37 to Kendal (5 miles), and The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal is the first on the right approaching Kendal.

From Kendal High Street
Follow signs to A684 Sedbergh and the Castle Green Hotel is last on the left leaving Kendal.

By Rail

The station to arrive at is called Oxenholme The Lake District and is on the mainline from London and Glasgow. Note, that Oxenholme The Lake District is much more convenient than Kendal station, since Kendal station is on a minor branch line. The hotel is located approximately 10 minutes away by taxi from the station. To view train times, connections and to book tickets, visit National Rail Enquiries.

By Air

The best option is to fly to Manchester and take a train from there to Oxenholme The Lake District. Manchester Airport is also the railway station. The next best solution is to fly to either Glasgow or London and take the train from either Glasgow Central or London Euston as appropriate to Oxenholme The Lake District. An extract from the January train timetable (PDF, 38 KB) is for: arrivals on Sundays and weekdays via Manchester, Glasgow and London; and for departures on weekdays from Oxenholme The Lake District for Manchester, Glasgow and London.

By Taxi

It is a short taxi ride from Oxenholme The Lake District to the Castle Green Hotel, taking about 10 minutes and costing about £10. One taxi firm, Castle Taxis, operates minibuses which can meet groups of delegates arriving at the same time and will transport up to 12 people for a single fare of about £10. Provided delegates can provide details of their travel arrangements in good time, it should be possible to make arrangements for groups to be picked up at the railway station efficiently. If you would like to take this option, please email Dawn Stewart, giving the name of the party, the number in the party and train arrival time, with where the train will be arriving from. One of the party will have to pay the taxi fare on arrival at the Castle Green Hotel.

For delegates arriving on their own, or in groups of fewer than 3 people, an ordinary taxi will be best. These are sometimes quite plentiful and sometimes rather scarce at Oxenholme station. We would recommend that you pre-book a taxi with Blue Star Taxis (Tel: +44 1539 723670).
In both cases the taxi rank is found adjacent to the exit from Platform 1 (which is where southbound trains from Glasgow arrive). If travelling from the south, you will arrive at either Platform 2 or Platform 3, so go under the railway via the tunnel to get to Platform 1 and the taxi rank.


Location

The Lake District is a compact area of 880 square miles which was designated the first UK National Park in 1951 because of its outstanding scenery. Most of the area's bedrock was laid down up to 500 million years ago as the Borrowdale volcanic rocks, which were 7km thick. Geological processes over 500 million years have produced a physical landscape of mountains and lakes of great scenic beauty. After the volcanoes, some of the area subsided beneath a shallow sub-tropical sea teaming with marine life, and limestone was laid down. As the sea deepened over a long time large amounts of mud and sands were deposited. Slate developed from sediments and sandstone was created in desert conditions. Various minerals were also formed in joints and faults in the bedrock.

About 2 million years ago the area entered a period of repeated advance and retreat of ice ages. The last ice age, between about 25,000 and 10,000 years ago carved out the present steep sided valleys and lake basins and scooped out hollows now filled with tarns. The Lake District has over fourteen lakes and innumerable mountain tarns, many of which are too small to be named.

The area's imposing natural landforms have been overlaid by thousands of years of human activity including miles of hedgerows and dry-stone walls, and the stone farm buildings. This mountain and valley terrain modified with human endeavours is what makes the Lake District so special. Here are the longest and deepest lakes, and the tallest peaks, in England and the Lake District was recently voted Britain's greatest natural wonder.

The scenery inspired many literary figures including Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Wainwright. The poet William Wordsworth in the early 19th century wrote “they deem the district a sort of national property, in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy.” In the early 1900s, Beatrix Potter lived in Hill Top farm and set many of the Peter Rabbit books in the Lake District. Wainwright wrote: “Surely there is no other place in this wonderful world quite like Lakeland … no other so exquisitely lovely, no other so charming, no other that calls so insistently across a gulf of distance. All who truly love Lakeland are exiles when away from it.”

The Castle Green Hotel is at the gateway to the Lake District being convenient for both the town of Kendal and good public transport links to Manchester, Glasgow and London as well as close proximity to the M6 motorway. The area has an excellent reputation for locally produced food, which we look forward to enjoying.


Useful links

http://www.golakes.co.uk/places/highlights/
http://www.golakes.co.uk/places/towns/kendal.aspx
http://wordsworth.org.uk/

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