8th October 2006

Two extremes of weather on a walk from Kentmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 14.15
Duration 5 hr 5 min
Distance 9.8 mile
Ascent 2553 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Kentmere - Green Quarter - Shipman Knotts - Kentmere Pike - Harter Fell - Nan Bield Pass - Kentmere Reservoir - Kentmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Kentmere village

Parking is at a premium in Kentmere, with the early bird generally being the one who gets the space. I should add that apparently, one of the fields near the village is occasionally opened for parking, but I've yet to come here on such an occasion.

I imagine many people come here to walk the Kentmere Horseshoe route, which is all well and good, and I've enjoyed this walk many times myself. However, there are also lots of other walks that can be undertaken from Kentmere, not lest, a simple out and back walk to Kentmere Tarn.


Route Map

A wet start to the day as we headed along the path just outside Kentmere.

Looking down to the top of the pass which runs between Kentmere and Sadgill.

Up in the clouds at the small un-named tarn near Kentmere Pike.

Harter Fell summit.

Kentmere Reservoir seen through a gap in the clouds as we were walking towards Nan Bield Pass. A combination of us loosing height and the cloud lifting gave us better conditions for the remainder of the walk. The narrow path (line) running into the picture from the bottom right is the Kentmere side of Nan Bield Pass.

Heading down to Nan Bield Pass with the path up to Mardale Ill Bell visible in the distance.

Looking down on Small Water and the Mardale side of Nan Bield Pass.

Haweswater seen from almost the same place as the previous picture.

Looking back up to Nan Bield Pass (the lowest point on the skyline).

Crossing Lingmell Gill.

The River Kent just above the point at which it enters Kentmere Reservoir.

Kentmere Reservoir. The lowest point on the skyline is the top of Nan Bield Pass.

The dam end of the reservoir.

The impressive outflow / overflow from the reservoir.

And again as the water cascades down to rejoin the River Kent.

The view back to the head of Kentmere valley.

Very clever! Why stop building the wall just because a river is in the way.

We were walking in surprisingly warm sunshine for the last section of the walk.

Kentmere church.

The view across to Green Quarter Fell from the roadside next to the church.

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