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Stileend Pass / AKA Longsleddale Pass


This is a nice short route and the obvious one to take if you're travelling on foot between Kentmere and Sadgill. Today the route is only used by us modern walkers and local farmers, but this seemingly insignificant crossing was once part of the vital trade route linking the west coast of Cumberland with the main trade route running down this side of England from Scotland through the major cities and as far as London. At their busiest, the drovers took herds of cattle numbering in the hundreds and sheep in their thousands across this route travelling about 10 miles a day.

The Kendal court records of 1717 show that this was a busy crossing point when the local people put forward a petition for a bridge to be built at Sadgill.
Part of the petition says:-
"the great road and public highway... very much used by travellers, drovers and others having occasion frequently to pass and repass to and from the said markets with cattle and other goods, in which public highway there is a water or rivulet called Sadgill which by the violent and sudden rain there is often raised and overflows its banks so that no passenger may dare venture to cross the same and many times travellers are forced to stay two or three days before they dare venture to cross and are often in danger with their cattle of being lost in crossing the said water to the great prejudice of trade, and pray that a bridge may be erected over the same."

Considering the route had been used for centuries, my modern mindset finds it difficult to understand why they waited until the early 1700s before building a bridge.

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5th July 2014
  Mardale Ill Bell to Shipman Knotts 11.3 mile 3100 ft
Kentmere - Scales - Hartrigg - Kentmere Reservoir - River Kent - Lingmell End - Mardale Ill Bell - Nan Bield Pass - Harter Fell - Kentmere Pike - Shipman Knotts - Stile End Pass - Kentmere

15th April 2012
  Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 10 - Nan Bield Pass, Stile End and Gatesgarth Pass 11.5 mile 3500 ft
Mardale Head - Small Water - Nan Bield Pass - Kentmere - Stile End - Sadgill - Gatesgarth Pass - Mardale Head

4th September 2011
  High Street to Shipman Knotts from Mardale Head 13 mile 4100 ft
Mardale Head - the Rigg - Rough Crag - Caspel Gate Tarn - Long Stile - High Street - Mardale Ill Bell - top of Nan Bield Pass - Harter Fell - The Knowe - Kentmere Pike - Goat Scar - Shipman Knotts - Sadgill - Brownhowe Bottom - Gatescarth Pass - Mardale Head

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