Kendal - The Gateway to the Lakes
Just a few miles away from Littlemere is the market town of Kendal. Not only famous for snuff production and Kendal Mint Cake, it is also a lovely town full of small shops, high street names and specialist shops from sport and book stores through to trophies and collectibles.
The Westmorland Shopping Centre and Elephant Yard, found within the Stricklandgate area of town, are the main shipping centres.
Kendal's outdoor market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Local Farmers 'Made in Cumbria' Markets take place on the last Friday in the month. On the North edge of Kendal and within easy reach of Littlemere you can find Morrison's, Sainsbury's and Aldi Supermarkets within a stone's throw of each other. There is also an Asda Superstore on the other side of town which offers a delivery service to Littlemere.
Windermere, Bowness & Ambleside
Windermere is home to Lakeland Limited, one of the first specialist stores you'll find as you jump off the Lakes Line train. Lakeland has for years excelled as a supplier of all things cooking and homeware and it's impossible to visit without buying something you'd previously never heard of! Further down into town and beyond into Bowness, there are plenty of souvenir shops, art and interior design dealerships, outdoor clothing stores and much more to discover.
Although smaller, Ambleside has established itself as the perfect place to get kitted out for a climb, ramble or cycle through the Western Lake District that waits just beyond its one-way systems. Gaynor Sports, one of the country's largest outdoor clothing stores, is an absolute must-visit with clothing and accessories for all styles and budgets, and from internationally recognised, quality brands.
The North Lakes
If you're lucky enough to venture right the way up and into the Lake District during your stay, some beautiful towns with quality shopping awaits. In a similar category to Kendal, Penrith is a cosy and picturesque town with plenty of local and high street shops to visit. And just down the road is the Rehged Centre, complete with shopping, galleries and a cinema all built into a giant hill. Carry on further still in that direction and you'll end up in Keswick, a town full to bursting with Cumbrian spirit and local treasures.