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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Kendal and Sedbergh.

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Grid Ref SD5162592942
Lat / Lon 54.32975° / -2.74537°
Easting / Northing 351,625E / 492,942N
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Grid Ref SD6592492168
Lat / Lon 54.32395° / -2.52542°
Easting / Northing 365,924E / 492,168N
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Kensed One's land is

Green urban 3.4%
Moors 9.8%
Pasture 73.1%
Urban 10.5%
Water 1.9%
Woods 1.3%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018


Alison Gilchrist

23 Jun 2023 Summer

The route makes sense and sections of it were beautiful in terms of moving through the landscape. It is mostly on footpaths, with only a few sections of road. We did it Sedbergh to Kendal and navigation was difficult occasionally due to poor signposting on the ground, especially through or round farmyards. There were a few overgrown footpaths (eg through meadows or woodland), some patches of bog and several of the stiles were difficult to find or rather dilapidated. One mini-bridge was rotten (but crossable) so didn't present a problem, just a slight hazard.


25 Aug 2021 Summer

Several instances of obscured or blocked paths, some of them probably rarely used, with overgrown or decayed access points. Otherwise a fairly direct route with some very pleasant views.

I walked this from east to west, so from Sedbergh to Kendal.

The first section follows the well-curated Dales Way, so no difficulties there.

Problems begin in earnest at Grassrigg, 618910. With hindsight it would have been wise to turn north and try to find a short connection between the two public footpaths that skirt this small group of houses. KenSed1 turns south to double back at a beck by a wall at 617908. This is a shambolic path junction, overgrown, hard to see, hard to get out of and surrounded by gorse and nettles (photo). It returns you to Grassrigg, but we had already hacked our way up the slope to the west. Unfortunately there is no way to exit the field and continue west, as it is all fenced in with barbed wire.

Lesser problems west of the M6, but annoyances nevertheless. Several instances of fences across paths, paths that appear not to have been used in a long time, paths that start or end at a finger post that is invisible in a thick hedge, paths that try to go through such hedges on very steep banks, completely uncurated. I could have spent a great deal of time photographing and recording the difficulties, as so much of this route needs rethinking or improving.

For those who are nervous around cows, there are loads and loads on this route.

  • Alison Gilchrist

    Alison Gilchrist

    23 Jun 2023

    Agree about the numbers of fields with livestock. My companion was quite nervous and we had to encourage groups of young bullocks to let us through on at least two occasions.

  • Alison Gilchrist

    Alison Gilchrist

    23 Jun 2023

    Forgot to say that I had secateurs with me having seen Simon's picture, and also made a point of wearing long trousers even though it was a very hot day. My friend had shorts on and did get stung a few times.

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