4th July 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 59

Kentmere Tarn and Skeggles Water

Time 10:40am to 2:30pm
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Kentmere Road - Kentmere Tarn - Kentmere Hall - Kentmere - Green Quarter - top of Stile End Pass - Skeggles Water - Birk Rigg - H P Plantation - Kentmere Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Kentmere road

Just along the road from the factory there are a couple of small roadside spaces with room for perhaps half a dozen cars. It's free of charge but quite muddy after rain.
Route Map


Not what you'd expect to see in one of Lakeland's loveliest valleys is it.

It seemed odd to me that in this age of health and safely there would be a footpath running through this type of place. I suppose it's a bit like the old saying 'what came first, the footpath or the factory'. or am I getting confused with a saying about poultry.

Blimey, it wasn't half hot and humid walking along here. Bordering on uncomfortably so, and, I have to admit I'm pleased we weren't walking up any sort of steep fellside this morning. As it was, we weren't walking up much in the way of hills at all today. Instead, we were setting out on an easy walk through the valley and then over to Skeggles Water. The question at this point in time is would the cloud lift before we'd walked as far as the fellside over there.

A close up of the northern end of Kentmere Tarn.

Sunless Kentmere, what a difference from yesterday.

What a racket. I understand you don't want us here but there's no need to make this much noise.

Kentmere Hall.

and a close up of the hall showing the remains of the fourteenth century pele tower more clearly.

Looking back down the lane to Kentmere Hall.

Kentmere Church.

Peaceful Kentmere.

Looking down to Green Quarter.

The cloud seems to be lifting a bit on Shipman Knotts.

and as if by magic, the sun comes out for a short time as we make out way to Skeggles Water.

It was suggested that we "sit on those rocks by the tree for something to eat". That was fine, until we got there and realised the wind was blowing right towards us. "Never mind, we'll head further round the tarn and find a sheltered spot"


Moving to a less windy spot turned out to be lucky for us, although we didn't know that at the time. Then, as we sat eating, we spotted this heard of cattle running (and I mean running) across the fellside towards the same stones we'd originally intended to sit. Thankfully we decided to move when we did.

Skeggles Water outflow, taken from one of the footbridges across the beck.

Turning around to look at the tarn.


Skeggles Water seen from one of the ruins found in the area.

And here's the largest of the ruins.

I'm no authority on old buildings but a few things point towards this being an old peat hut. Mainly it's location but also the man made flatish area behind the building and it's size. A shepherds bothy would have had little need to be this big.

What a fantastic place.

It looks like the higher tops have remained in cloud all day, or at least they have in this area, so this turned out to be quite a good choice of walk.

We head back down to the car through HP Plantation. I believe it gets this name because the person that owns it didn't pay for it outright. In fact, he must be well behind with the payments because most of the trees have been cut down.
Perhaps they'll make a telly program about it. Something like - if you plant before you pay, we'll come and take your trees away.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks