Serpentine Woods

Serpentine Woods in Kendal is home to the ever-popular Alphabet Trail, which is perfect for families. Here is everything you need to know.

Where are Serpentine Woods?

Serpentine Woods are in Kendal, in the Southern Lake District. You can find the entrance to the woods halfway along Queens Road, where there is a small amount of free parking. If you can’t find a space here, there is 1 hour free parking on Queens Rd.

History of Serpentine Woods

The woods were planted in 1790 on what was originally grazing land. The area proved so popular with the locals that during the 1800s the woods became a paid attraction, to allow for upkeep. The name Serpentine Woods came from the winding paths that weave through the trees.

Today Serpentine Woods are maintained by the local council along with Kendal Civic Society, and are free for everyone to enjoy.

Serpentine Woods Alphabet Trail

The Alphabet Trail that runs through the woods is a lovely, easy option for a walk with younger children (and older children could well enjoy it too!). The trail is marked with various sculptures all corresponding to the letters of the alphabet, and the idea is that you find them all. There is a QR code at the entrance to the woods to scan to give you all the information, or you can download the trail map on the Visit Kendal website here.

The Alphabet Trail Details

  • Length of walk: The entire trail from A-Z is 1.2 miles long.
  • Time to complete: This varies!
  • Footwear Needed: The paths are well marked, trainers are fine, wellies are helpful when it’s been raining (fairly often in the Lake District!)
  • Toilets or cafes? None nearby.

The Alphabet Trail

The trail begins from the parking area off Queens Road, where you will see a sign and a gate to go through.

Here you’ll see the first sculpture, the ‘A’ immediately, and then you’re off. The trail is pretty easy to follow, especially with the downloaded map.

Serpentine Woods

As well as the sculptures, you’ll see plenty of nature and all sorts of wildlife. In Spring you can smell the wild garlic, and make sure you look out for squirrels!

To make sure you don’t miss a letter, remember to look up and down as you explore the woods, some of them can be harder to spot than others.

Finally, when you find ‘Z’, you can link back up with where you found ‘G’ and retrace your steps back to ‘A’ and the exit to the woods.

Well done! You have (hopefully) completed the Serpentine Woods Alphabet Trail!

If you’re looking for more walks in the Southern Lake District, you might like to read about Low Sizergh Barn

If you’re looking for things to do in the area, you might like to read 12 Things to do in Bowness on Windermere

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