View of Kentmere reservoir copyright Steve Pighills

Miles Without Stiles 3: Kentmere

Miles Without Stiles

A linear walk into one of eastern Lakeland’s most beautiful valleys - OS Explorer Map OL7.

Route for all. 4.5km distance.


This linear route (4.5 km round trip on the for all section to Hartrigg and back) starts by St Cuthbert's Church in Kentmere. Turn right off Hodgson Brow past the church, up Hollin Lane and the Upper Kentmere valley opens up with some steep, craggy slopes on your left. Look out for buzzards, ravens and peregrine falcons along this stretch. As you round the corner to Scales Farmhouse, the high peaks of Kentmere Horseshoe come into view.

The route now ends at the end of the tarmac road at Hartrigg Farm. The rough stone track beyond does not meet our accessible path standards.  (It is still shown on the map below as a 'for some' route but no longer meets that designation.  We are working to update the map and remove it).


Start point:

Postcode: LA8 9JN
Grid reference: NW 456042
W3W: ///

Turning point:

Grid reference: NY 455077
W3W: ///daunted.snipped.curbed

End point:

Grid reference: NY 455077
W3W: ///


None on route. Toilets and refreshments at Staveley, 6 km to the south.

Getting there:

No direct public transport. Car: follow signs for Kentmere out of Staveley. Limited parking by church and Kentmere Institute. The road from the church is steep, so you could drive to the gateway of Hartrigg and drop people off. No parking is allowed here. Go through the gate and follow the tarmac road uphill. The route levels off after 200m..