Just a couple of miles south of Kendal, and easily accessible from Oxenholme railway station, is the village of Natland.
With a population of around 750, Natland is by no means the smallest village in the South Lakes and research into the history of the place suggests it is amongst the area's older settlements.
A collection of earthworks at the summit of the nearby Helm show signs that an Iron Age fort may have existed there. To the north of Natland, on the banks of the River Kent, lies the site of a Roman fort at Watercrook, which may have been used in conjunction with the one at the Helm from around the 1st to the 4th Century AD.
In modern day Natland, life centres around the village green which is surrounded by attractive old stone houses. Holiday cottages in Natland offer an ideal retreat in which to either hide away or use as a base from which to explore the South Lakes and further afield.
There is even a legend in the town, relating to tales of an underground treacle mine in the network of caves that runs from Natland to the River Kent. Tasty!