A CUMBRIA town has been named one of the best places to live in the northwest.

The Sunday Times has revealed the best places to live in the northwest in the annual Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide.

It includes 72 locations across the UK, with six locations in the northwest being featured in the comprehensive guide, including Kendal. 

The Sunday Times’s expert judges have visited all the locations and assessed factors from schools to transport, broadband speeds to culture, as well as access to green spaces and the health of the high street. 

Expert judges described Kendal as a 'disappointing town centre' which is having a 'resurgence'.

It said: "Used to make the Gateway to the Lakes a dispiriting contrast to the majesty of the scenery on its doorstep. But a burst of entrepreneurial energy is breathing new life into the 'auld grey town', which is now home to all kinds of interesting artisan businesses.

"With the fells and wild swimming spots of the Lake District on one side and fast roads and railways on the other, Kendal is a supremely practical spot for anyone eager to enjoy the great outdoors."

The expert judges named Stockport as the best place to live in the northwest. 

Helen Davies, editorial projects director and Best Places to Live editor, said: “This guide is a celebration of towns, cities and villages that are each a fantastic place to live in 2024, from Dunkeld to Knutsford, Falmouth to Leeds. Wherever you are on the property ladder, there will be somewhere to suit you.  

“These are all places where you can feel grounded as well as upwardly mobile: they have a mature sense of community, lively, supportive high streets and an eye to the future, whether that is eco-friendly measures, transport and regeneration, or imaginative inclusion of new housing.”