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 some. 4.5km distance.


This linear route (4.5 km as a round trip to Hartrigg and back) starts at the small parking area next to Kentmere Village Hall, opposite St Cuthbert's Church in Kentmere. It is 'for some' standard due to long slopes of 1:7 gradient.  'For many' users may be able to negotiate this route however, because it has a good, smooth, tarmac surface but make sure your batteries have plenty of charge! Also please be aware that there is no mobile phone reception in this area, so you will need to download this route information before you arrive.

Go past the village hall and continue uphill on the tarmac road.  Ignore the first path off to the right signposted Kentmere Reservoir and continue on the tarmac road until it bends round to the left and take the tarmac driveway to Hartrigg Farm, which leaves through a wide gate on the right.  After a fairly steep climb on the first section of tarmac driveway, the road levels out and the Upper Kentmere Valley opens up with some dramatic, 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 is a 'for some' route and 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..