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Looking across the valley of the River Kent to Wray Crag
Looking across the valley of the River Kent to Wray Crag

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Route No. 628 - Thursday 30 June 2016
Kentmere, Hartrigg, Kentmere Reservoir,
Tongue House, Overend, Low Lane, Rook Howe
10km circuit - English Lake District . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL5 The English Lakes North Eastern area


Setting off northwards along the road from Kentmere village hall
Setting off northwards along the road from Kentmere village hall with the lane on the left leading to Kentmere Hall

This week we are staying with a group of friends in a large holiday cottage on the hillside above the town of Windermere. We are planning to do some gentle walks despite the rather mixed weather forecast, typical Lake District weather. On Monday we had a fine sunny walk from Patterdale but on Tuesday the rain arrived by the late morning and set in for the rest of the day for our walk from Windermere to Ambleside. Yesterday, Wednesday was a washout with heavy rain for most of the day but today I think we are going to end on a high note with no rain and some sunshine for our final walk from Kentmere.

Our parking spot next to the village hall at Kentmere
Our parking spot next to the village hall at Kentmere

The whole church building except the tower was surrounded by scaffolding and wrapped in a waterproof cladding to keep the building weather tight as the work proceeds. From the village Hall we set off northwards along Hollin Lane. After about 300m the road made a sharp left turn, but we continued straight ahead through an iron field-style gate to walk along an access track that leads to Kentmere Reservoir several kilometers along the valley.

This morning we drove to Kentmere village and parked by the village hall on Hollin Lane near the village church, map ref. NY 456 041. There's a suggested honesty payment for parking on the village hall land for the day, and I think its worth putting something into the local economy just for the sheer pleasure of being in this lovely place. The village church was undergoing some major roof repairs.

Start of the access road leading to Kentmere Reservoir
Start of the access road leading to Kentmere Reservoir

Following the access road past Raven Crag
Following the access road past Raven Crag

One of several pyramid orchids on the roadside
One of several pyramid orchids on the roadside

Following the access road towards Scales
Following the access road towards Scales

Approaching Hartrigg
Approaching Hartrigg

As we progressed along the valley towards Hartrigg farm we could see the peaks of 'Yoke'(706m), then 'Ill Bell'(757m) and then 'Frostwick'(720m) forming the skyline to our left.

We continued along the track as it climbed up around the foot of Raven Crag and then dropped down around the foot of Calfhowe Crag. We were now walking along the track heading up the valley of the River Kent which was across the fields to our right.

Cattle grid approaching Calfhowe Crag
Cattle grid approaching Calfhowe Crag

Farm at Scales
Farm at Scales

Calf resting whilst its mother grazed
Calf resting whilst its mother grazed

Following the access road towards Kentmere Reservoir. The fells on the left are:-
	  'Yoke'(706m), then 'Ill Bell'(757m) and then 'Frostwick'(720m)
Following the access road towards Kentmere Reservoir. The fells on the left are:-
'Yoke'(706m), then 'Ill Bell'(757m) and then 'Frostwick'(720m)

Continuing along the access road towards Reservoir Cottage
Continuing along the access road towards Reservoir Cottage

On the right hand side (east side) of the valley the skyline was formed by Harter Fell (778m), Kentmere Pike(730m), Goat Scar (626m) and Shipman Knotts(530m). After the walk I realised I have no photo of this ridge!

We continued past Hartrigg farm to Reservoir Cottage below large spoil heaps from the old slate mines & quarries high up both valley sides.

Continuing along the access road towards Reservoir Cottage
Continuing along the access road towards Reservoir Cottage

Reservoir Cottage surrounded by large spoil heaps from the old slate mining industry
Reservoir Cottage surrounded by large spoil heaps from the old slate mining industry

The spillway from Kentmere Reservoir
The spillway from Kentmere Reservoir

Our lunch stop at Kentmere Reservoir
Our lunch stop at Kentmere Reservoir

Crossing the River Kent
Crossing the River Kent

We followed the path down to a simple timber footbridge over the outlet stream flowing from the reservoir and joined the path head down the valley on the east side of the River Kent. Below us on the opposite side of the river was a large circular sheep fold called Whether Fold on the map.

From Reservoir Cottage we followed the track up to the south west corner of Kentmere Reservoir at map ref. NY 445 077. It was a sheltered corner with some large flat stones to sit on and we stopped here for our lunch with a lovely view across the reservoir to Lingmell End. After our lunch we retraced our steps for about 100m and then turned right to follow a path across the footbridge over the spillway from the reservoir.

Arriving at Kentmere Reservoir
Arriving at Kentmere Reservoir

Footbridge across the spillway after our lunch break
Footbridge across the spillway after our lunch break

Our return path down the eastern side of the valley
Our return path down the eastern side of the valley

The circular Whether Fold below Rainsborrow Crag
The circular Whether Fold (map ref. NY 447 075) below Rainsborrow Crag

Our path back down the valley
Our path back down the valley

Approaching Tongue House
Approaching Tongue House

'Rough Fell' ewe & lamb
'Rough Fell' ewe & lamb

There is an old pack horse bridge to the right of the gate
There is an old pack horse bridge to the right of the gate
but too dark and awkward for me to photograph

We continued to the farm at Overend and here we turned left off the main track through a farm gate to follow a track that becomes Low Lane.

We continued along the path to the farm buildings at Tongue House and followed the path down the valley past an old stone pack horse bridge.

Continuing back down the valley
Continuing back down the valley

The yard at Tongue House
The yard at Tongue House

The track heading down the valley from Tongue House
The track heading down the valley from Tongue House

Following the track towards Overend
Following the track towards Overend

Following the track to the right through the farm at Overend
Following the track to the right through the farm at Overend

Following the track from Overend
Following the track from Overend

Low Lane, a walled track south of Overend
Low Lane, a walled track south of Overend

Footbridge over the River Kent
Footbridge over the River Kent

We followed a narrow path from the stile down to a footbridge across the River Kent. From the footbridge we followed a path up a grassy bank for a few metres to a stile on to a walled track.

A little over a kilometers south of Overend at map ref. NY 461 046, we turned right off Low lane over a high stone step stile.

Following the track from Overend
Following the track from Overend

Our right turn off Low Lane over a high stone step stile
Our right turn off Low Lane over a high stone step stile

Path up the grassy bank from the River Kent
Path up the grassy bank from the River Kent

Stile on to a walled track where we turned left
Stile on to a walled track where we turned left

Walled track heading back to Kentmere
Walled track heading back to Kentmere

Track heading down to the road at Kentmere
Track heading down to the road at Kentmere

Back at our parking spot by the village hall
Back at our parking spot by the village hall

We followed the road back to the village hall at the end of our walk. The whole route had been 10km and it had taken me about four and a half hours to walk including our lunch stop.

At this track we turned left and followed the walled track past Rook Howe and down to the road at map ref. NY 456 040 where we turned right to walk around the church.

Track passing Rook Howe
Track passing Rook Howe

Track heading down to the road at Kentmere
Track heading down to the road at Kentmere


St. Cuthbert's Church, Kentmere
in its weatherproof wrapping for roof repairs

Looking back up the Kentmere Valley from Low Lane near the end of our walk.
Looking back up the Kentmere Valley from Low Lane near the end of our walk.
The three peaks are:- 'Yoke'(706m), then 'Ill Bell'(757m) and then 'Frostwick'(720m)

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