Two South Lakes towns make it on to 'best places to live in Britain' list

The Westmorland Gazette: Kirkby Lonsdale Kirkby Lonsdale

TWO South Lakeland towns are in the top three places to live in the North West, according to a report set to be released this weekend.

Both Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale have appeared on the Sunday Times’ list, in second and third places respectively, after wowing judges with low crime rates, good schools and attractive outdoor spaces, among other things.

“I’m not at all surprised by this,” said South Lakeland District Council leader, Peter Thornton.

“I think it’s a tribute to the people that live in those places and make them what they are.

“I’m just surprised they weren’t in first and second places!”

The list has been put together as part of a ‘101 Best Places to Live in Britain’ supplement which will be released with The Sunday Times this weekend.

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Every town on the list made it into the 101 best places nationally, although these were not ranked other than by region.

Judges looked at statistics, which also included house prices, as well as factors such as positive community spirit and good local shops.

Garstang took the top spot for the region, while towns in Cheshire, the Wirral and Yorkshire followed Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale.

Sunday Times Home Editor, Helen Davies, said: “The Best Places guide is dedicated to celebrating Britain’s abundance of great cities, towns and villages.

“We combine in-depth data with first-hand personal experience to produce an authoritative list.

“There are lots of places across Britain that are worth celebrating.”

Part two of the guide will be published with The Sunday Times on Sunday, March 23, and will focus on the best places to live in terms of good schools and ‘the great outdoors’.

This year for the first time The Sunday Times has also launched a digital quiz to help users narrow down their own best place to live.

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7:38am Fri 14 Mar 14

magical trevor says...

Attractive Outdoor Spaces.......hmmmm..
..won't have too many of them soon when we have thousands of new houses built!!!?
Attractive Outdoor Spaces.......hmmmm.. ..won't have too many of them soon when we have thousands of new houses built!!!? magical trevor
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10:14am Fri 14 Mar 14

loughrigg says...

Obviously didn't take in to account one way system and traffic light planning. Potholes won't have been counted either!
Obviously didn't take in to account one way system and traffic light planning. Potholes won't have been counted either! loughrigg
  • Score: 11

10:52am Fri 14 Mar 14

magical trevor says...

Ooooh get you Tom Watson.
Ooooh get you Tom Watson. magical trevor
  • Score: 5

10:58am Fri 14 Mar 14

tom watson says...

Alright, some second rate turnout in Lancashire, I did geography at Longlands School for Boys.
Alright, some second rate turnout in Lancashire, I did geography at Longlands School for Boys. tom watson
  • Score: -15

11:08am Fri 14 Mar 14

magical trevor says...

Well don't come back then....and why are you even commenting....nothin
g to do?
Well don't come back then....and why are you even commenting....nothin g to do? magical trevor
  • Score: 4

3:33pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

I would not have told anyone. As someone who lived down south for far too long, I know when I am on to a good thing by living up here.
I would not have told anyone. As someone who lived down south for far too long, I know when I am on to a good thing by living up here. Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 12

7:44pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Sedbergian says...

I can understand Garstang getting the regions top spot, for me it has a living canal which is a great amenity. Isn't it time Kendal could boast the same!,
I can understand Garstang getting the regions top spot, for me it has a living canal which is a great amenity. Isn't it time Kendal could boast the same!, Sedbergian
  • Score: 6

10:51am Sat 15 Mar 14

tom watson says...

Oh dear, all you who jabbed back at me, get a life. I have one here in Australia, I've been home and love it, we all make choices in life and we should live with them. I was born and bred in Westmorland and reserve the right to comment on the land of my birth because nobody can take that from me.
Oh dear, all you who jabbed back at me, get a life. I have one here in Australia, I've been home and love it, we all make choices in life and we should live with them. I was born and bred in Westmorland and reserve the right to comment on the land of my birth because nobody can take that from me. tom watson
  • Score: 11

12:33pm Sun 16 Mar 14

snuggle-bunny says...

let's have a look at the opposition - preston, blackburn, burnly, manchester and liverpool etc
let's have a look at the opposition - preston, blackburn, burnly, manchester and liverpool etc snuggle-bunny
  • Score: 1

5:53pm Sun 16 Mar 14

shirtbox says...

What about Grange over Sands ?
What about Grange over Sands ? shirtbox
  • Score: -3

7:48am Tue 18 Mar 14

The Great Gatsby says...

shirtbox wrote:
What about Grange over Sands ?
Why? Are they getting a Crown Carvery? ;-)
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: What about Grange over Sands ?[/p][/quote]Why? Are they getting a Crown Carvery? ;-) The Great Gatsby
  • Score: 2

9:07am Tue 18 Mar 14

jazzactivist says...

I love living in Grange over Sands too, shirtbox. GoS is a friendly, thriving town with almost everything that is needed for a decent quality of life. Just needs the Lido refurbed and a contemporary live music venue and we're there! I've lived in some of what would be considered to be the nicest parts of Scotland, but none of them are as nice to live in as the towns and villages in the South Lakes. So I'm not surprised that Kendal and Kirby Lonsdale were up there. I'm a bit surprised that Garstang got top spot as, although it is a pretty village, when I went to spend a day there it did seem a bit rough 'round the edges. The sharps box in the car park toilets was puzzling - a forward thinking approach to drug addiction, or a problem with drug use in the village?
I love living in Grange over Sands too, shirtbox. GoS is a friendly, thriving town with almost everything that is needed for a decent quality of life. Just needs the Lido refurbed and a contemporary live music venue and we're there! I've lived in some of what would be considered to be the nicest parts of Scotland, but none of them are as nice to live in as the towns and villages in the South Lakes. So I'm not surprised that Kendal and Kirby Lonsdale were up there. I'm a bit surprised that Garstang got top spot as, although it is a pretty village, when I went to spend a day there it did seem a bit rough 'round the edges. The sharps box in the car park toilets was puzzling - a forward thinking approach to drug addiction, or a problem with drug use in the village? jazzactivist
  • Score: 2

10:37am Tue 18 Mar 14

tom watson says...

If Grange Over Sands isn't where you go to die, why do hardware stores do funerals? It's a nice place to spend your time waiting, great view over Morecombe Bay and just pleasant, it's got my vote.
If Grange Over Sands isn't where you go to die, why do hardware stores do funerals? It's a nice place to spend your time waiting, great view over Morecombe Bay and just pleasant, it's got my vote. tom watson
  • Score: 0

6:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

jazzactivist says...

I'm not old enough to be waiting to die, tom watson! Grange has that reputation, but I don't know why. People of all ages live here, and there are loads of activities going on if you do happen to be retired. I'd rather have the hardware shop offering a funeral service than the butcher's! I chose to live here, as It's quite a thriving metropolis compared with the quiet villages in most of South Lakes where retired people do seem to hide themselves away to do nothing much. Pretty, but deadly. The common thing about Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale is that they both have a mix of age groups. I think that's the key to a desirable place to live.
I'm not old enough to be waiting to die, tom watson! Grange has that reputation, but I don't know why. People of all ages live here, and there are loads of activities going on if you do happen to be retired. I'd rather have the hardware shop offering a funeral service than the butcher's! I chose to live here, as It's quite a thriving metropolis compared with the quiet villages in most of South Lakes where retired people do seem to hide themselves away to do nothing much. Pretty, but deadly. The common thing about Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale is that they both have a mix of age groups. I think that's the key to a desirable place to live. jazzactivist
  • Score: 2

10:36am Thu 20 Mar 14

tom watson says...

Jazzactavist, been to the doctor lately? Quite honestly I think you've got a life and have plans to live it in a very pleasant place, good on yah!
Jazzactavist, been to the doctor lately? Quite honestly I think you've got a life and have plans to live it in a very pleasant place, good on yah! tom watson
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Little Lee says...

tom watson wrote:
Oh dear, all you who jabbed back at me, get a life. I have one here in Australia, I've been home and love it, we all make choices in life and we should live with them. I was born and bred in Westmorland and reserve the right to comment on the land of my birth because nobody can take that from me.
Good on you! Don't take any notice, especially of Silly Magician Trevor.
[quote][p][bold]tom watson[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, all you who jabbed back at me, get a life. I have one here in Australia, I've been home and love it, we all make choices in life and we should live with them. I was born and bred in Westmorland and reserve the right to comment on the land of my birth because nobody can take that from me.[/p][/quote]Good on you! Don't take any notice, especially of Silly Magician Trevor. Little Lee
  • Score: 2

12:27pm Fri 21 Mar 14

drixhen says...

There must be another Kirkby Lonsdale dosnt sound like the one that I live
in
There must be another Kirkby Lonsdale dosnt sound like the one that I live in drixhen
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Tue 8 Apr 14

hogheaven says...

Yes I am surprised Grange was not included, it has everything you need as Jazzactivist said.People are very friendly even if you are an newcomer ,more than can be said from my 8 years in Scotland.The hills keep you fit as Jazz well knows, and you can have a nice walk on the traffic free promenade.
Yes I am surprised Grange was not included, it has everything you need as Jazzactivist said.People are very friendly even if you are an newcomer ,more than can be said from my 8 years in Scotland.The hills keep you fit as Jazz well knows, and you can have a nice walk on the traffic free promenade. hogheaven
  • Score: 0

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