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Kentmere Walk & Reservoir

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  • Parking: OS grid reference: NY 4560104114
  • Length: Approx. 8 miles
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Time: Approx. 3 hours

Tucked away in the South Lakes in one of the area’s most picturesque valleys, this Kentmere walk to the reservoir leads you along a scenic route. Surrounded by a dramatic fellside backdrop and playing host to wonderful birdlife, Kentmere boasts some of the best South Lake District Walks. Although this is a relatively flat walk in the Lake District, there are some slight inclines but nothing too strenuous.

Kentmere horseshoe

Kentmere Walk Route

Park next to the Kentmere Institute (there are only a handful of spaces to get there early and visit at less busy times) near to the church. It is free to park here, however, the institute do ask that you deposit a donation of £3 in the small box on wall of the building.

Walk a few yards up the road and you’ll see a signpost to Kentmere Reservoir on your right. Follow the footpath uphill and go through the gate.

Keep to the left where the path forks and go through the fields where you’ll come across sheep grazing.

Kentmere walk and sheep

Continue along the path until you come to a gate which sets you on a tarmac road. Turn right and carry on along the road through the Kentmere valley. Make sure you look out for peregrine falcons. Buzzards and raves overhead.

The Kentmere Horseshoe

Pass the farmhouse and continue below the rugged peaks that make up the Kentmere Horseshoe. There are several small waterfalls on either side of the river that run down the valley sides. From Hartrigg Farm the road changes to a stone track and the scenery becomes more dramatic as you pass the old quarries.

kentmere walking route

Eventually, you’ll reach the overflow waterfall at the base of the reservoir, which is pretty impressive.

This Kentmere walk is one of my personal favourites. There are lots of photo opportunities on the route, magnificent birdlife, waterfalls, and spots along the river where you can dip your toes.

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kentmere waterfall
kentmere reservoir
kentmere valley

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