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3. A Walk around Kentmere and refreshment in Staveley in Cumbria

Leaving Windermere and heading south towards Kendal you branch of left to the village of Staveley and from there take the country lane north to the tiny village of Kentmere. Described below in pictures is a clockwise walk around the glaciated valley of Kentmere, starting from the village church.

 

St Cuthbert's Church at Kentmere is a useful starting point for a walk around the lovely and somewhat quiet and isolated valley of Kentmere, but the parking is quite limited - however there aren't that many people around unlike many parts of the Lake District.

 

Looking from Kentmere village towards the village of Staveley.

 

The tunnel-vaulted pele tower at Kentmere Hall, an ancient farm settlement dating back to at least medieval times. The farmhouse originates from extensions made in the 15th-16th century. The pele tower, with its 5 feet thick walls (~1.5 meter) was the last defence against Scottish raiders - the infamous Reivers!

 

Looking back towards the church from above the 'pele' tower farm.

 

Some big rocks standing in the fields just before Nook House (below).

 

 

After the house at Green Head House, Greenhead, you drop down onto the road that goes up to Kentmere Reservoir.

 

The road up to the Kentmere Reservoir below Raven Crag on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

Approaching Scales farmhouse.

 

Approaching Hartrigg Farm.

 

Looking across to Overend, Hollow Bank and Brockstones.

 

Walking near Hartrigg Farm.

 

The last of the trees near Hartrigg Farm before heading up to the reservoir.

 

 Rainsborrow Crag on the left.

 

 

 

The white dot of Reservoir Cottage is in the centre distance and the bowl containing the reservoir is clearly seen beyond its right.

 

Brown-orange lichen on the rocks.

 

Reservoir Cottage by the waste heaps of the old slate mines.

 

 

Looking back up top Crag Quarter and Rainsborrow Crag and the rugged rocks outlined by the light snow covering.

 

The outflow from Kentmere Reservoir and the footbridge to continue the clockwise walk around Kentmere Valley with the surrounding snow clad hills.

Kentmere Reservoir.

 

Crag Quarter viewed from the north-east side of Kentmere valley.

 

Tongue Scar on the left.

 

Looking south to Kentmere.

 

Tongue House.

 

The banks of the River Kent and a bridge across to Hartrigg.

 

Sheep on approaching Overend.

 

Looking back north towards the reservoir.

 

Overend farm buildings.

 

A northerly view look right up Kentmere's glaciated valley.

 

A posing sheep!

 

 

 

The old drove road track heading south into Kentmere village.

 

Good track to walk on in the final stages of this circular walk.

 

Some old sycamore trees on the old drove road.

 

Looking across to Kentmere village and church.

 

Low Bridge, looking up towards the church.

 

Looking down from the church to Low Bridge and a huge boulder in the dry stone wall.

 

A colourful free range egg advertisement for Brow Top Farm on the stone wall below St Cuthbert's Church.

 

The graveyard of St Cuthbert's church (present building dating from the later 19th century), Kentmere, which like many medieval church sites has an ancient yew tree apparently dating back to the Norman King William 1st..

 

The rather dark interior of St Cuthberts Church, Kentmere village.

Time to head for Wilf's Cafe in Staveley!

 

Wilf's Cafe and Hawkshead Brewery on the banks of the River Kent, Staveley village. Great food and excellent art work and photographs on display.

Wilfs Cafe by the River Kent and the bar pertaining to the 'in-house' Hawkshead Brewery!

 

St Margaret's Tower in Staveley, all that remains of a 14th century chapel, 16th century belfry and a clock from 1744.Some of the windows from the demolished nave were set into the tower.


Another perspective on the countryside around Staveley

Looking east from the Windermere to Oxenholme train just before Staveley.

 

Looking east, from Staveley Station, over the large Cumbrian village of Staveley

 

The village of Burnside just south of Staveley, again a shot from the Windermere to Oxenholme train.

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