Kendal is a market town in the South Lakeland. It is 40 miles (64 km) south of Carlisle, on the River Kent. It is the third largest town in Cumbria (after Carlisle and Barrow). A chartered market town, the centre of Kendal has a high street with fortified alleyways (yards) off to either side. They helped the local people to shelter from the border raiding parties. At that time the main industry was woollen goods. Kendal Green was hard-wearing wool-based fabric of local manufacture. Today Kendal is as important for tourism and Kendal mint cake. It also produces of pipe tobacco and snuff. The buildings are mostly constructed of the local grey limestone which gave the town the nickname the Auld Grey Town. There is a wide variety of accommodation in and around Kendal. Bed and breakfast can be found in a number of hotels, guesthouses, inns and b&bs (bed and breakfast accommodation).