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Kendal is "one of the best places to live in the UK"

Kendal - One of UK's top places to live Photo: ITV Border

Kendal's come in as the second best place to live in the UK in a list compiled by The Sunday Times.

The newspaper assessed towns and cities across the country looking at a wide variety of criteria including crime statistics, school performances, transport links, life expectancy and house prices.

And although the average price of a house in Kendal is £211,000 compared to the national UK average of £144,000 and there is a shortage of affordable homes, the town's other attributes proved irresistible to the Sunday Times reporters.

According to the paper, Kendal has "superlative shopping, bags of community spirit and an enviable location"

Kendal was praised for its "superlative shopping" Credit: ITV Border

The list of the top 101 places to live compiled by The Sunday Times had only Stamford in Lincolnshire as better than Kendal.

Kendal was the only place in the North of England that made it into the top 50 in the list.

No Scottish towns made it into the top 80.

Amongst the things in Kendal that was praised for include it's transport links to the M6 and train service to Glasgow and Manchester.

It was also noted for its low crime rate and vibrant community activities.

The scenic surrounds, low crime rate, vibrant community activities and wide-ranging programme at the Brewery Arts Centre all add to Kendal's appeal.

House prices are .... relatively pricey, but there is no shortage of beautiful barn conversions, small farhouses and period country homes in the surrounding villages ranging from £500,000 to about £1m.

Why we love it: Friendly, fecund and slap bang in the middle of some of the world's most beautiful countryside.

– The Sunday Times