Welcome to Kendal
Kendal Railway Station was opened on 21 September 1846
on a day of great excitement and rejoicing. A public holiday was
declared and shops were closed and a flag was hoisted on the Town
Hall and Castle. A large crowd had gathered to greet the first
train, eight flag bedecked carriages drawn by the new engine, "The
The line from Oxenholme to Windermere was built at a cost
of £125,000 and when first opened the station was just a
temporary wooden shelter. By 1860 a grand station masters house was
built along with the iron bridge at the east end of the
In 1980 the building became a doctors surgery and offices
with the station ironically returning to being just a 'shelter' as
it was some 134 years earlier.
Interestingly, there is evidence of a station siding at
the westerly end of the station indicating that there must have
been a terminus for some trains arriving from Windermere or maybe a
goods collection/delivery point. There is also evidence of other
goods sidings adjacent to the station that are now a car
To Find The Cache
Rather than make this a 'regular' cache I decided to add
a little fun to the find that will allow you to explore the station
in more detail rather than just a 'cache and dash'! Saying this, if
you are lucky (or come by train) then the cache could be found
within 20 or 30 minutes.
To find this cache you need to gather together a total of
eight clues from questions that relate to the railway in some form
or another. All of the answers can be found in and around the
Two of them require a degree of 'train-spotting' skills
to get them so depending on the time of day you may have to wait a
short while before your answer becomes available to you with only a
couple of minutes to deduce your answers!
The best way to get to this cache site is by train.
However, the coordinates given above relate to the entry point from
the main road where you can start your quest on foot. If you
are arriving by car you can drive up the approach road to the
station itself where short term parking is available then you must
return on foot to the start coordinates in order to successfully
gather all your clues.
As with most railway stations these days there is CCTV
monitoring. Please remain covert at all times to avoid arousing
Depending on the train times the eight questions could be
answered within five to ten minutes. You will more than likely need
to see a train in situe Finding the cache may take a little
1. What is the maximum fine for
'Trespassing on the Railway'?
2. What is the maximum speed limit
given to vehicles on the approach road to and from the
How many minutes
walk is it to Kendal Castle?
What is the
maximum permitted speed limit given to trains heading toward
What is the number
of the iron bridge to the east of the
Question #5 =
6. What is the time limit for parking at the
Question #6 =
What is the 'Class
number' of the diesel multiple unit in most regular use on this
Question #7 =
As the train doors
open, what is the name inscribed on the doorstep
= 1, B = 2, Y = 25, Z = 26 etc...
*+*+ *+*+*+*+* =
Now you have gathered
together the required numerical data take a seat and work out the
coordinates of the cache from this simple formula.
The cache is well
hidden at an interesting 'Sidetracked' location near to Kendal
20.### (A + B + C + D Minus 1060 =
002° 44.### (E + F + G + H Plus 287 =
I hope you enjoy your
visit to Kendal Railway Station and the 'Sidetracked'