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Levken two
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By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

11km/7mi

Ascent

298m

Descent

266m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Levens and Kendal.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Levens and Kendal.

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This route has been reviewed by 2 people.

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Not verified

Route status - Live

Reviews - 2

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (1) Maybe (1)

Problems reported -  Access (1)

Downloads - 3

Surveys

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Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Maybe present Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Not present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Present at time of survey Public phone (1)
Maybe present Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
Not present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Maybe present Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Maybe present Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Maybe present Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 23.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 53.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 14.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 12.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

33.0% of the route is on roads (1)

14.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

14.0% of the route is paved (1)

9.0% of the route is muddy (1)

20.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

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4X October 2021 by Mary Oz
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Start and end points

Levens
Grid Ref SD4843385628
Lat / Lon 54.26371° / -2.79319°
Easting / Northing 348,433E / 485,628N
What3Words acquaint.adjusted.townhouse
Kendal
Grid Ref SD5162592942
Lat / Lon 54.32975° / -2.74537°
Easting / Northing 351,625E / 492,942N
What3Words songs.strut.wide

Levken Two's land is

Natural grass 12.0%
Pasture 28.6%
Sparsely vegetated 5.0%
Urban 29.6%
Woods 24.7%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Mary Oz

27 Oct 2021 Autumn

This was a lovely route, but there is a small diversion needed, so I have included a map of the suggested route in with the pictures. Bearing in mind that this diversion is very small, I would regard the route as being acceptable as part of the Slow Ways network.
After walking through the lower part of the pretty village of Levens, the route goes along the bottom of the wooded slope of Brigsteer Park, with views across the marshes towards Whitbarrow and the River Kent estuary. The path can be a bit muddy. On leaving the wood through a gate, follow the edge of the field with the woods on your right along an obvious rising path (see my map). At Parkend Lane follow the footpath signs up to Wells Garth. Just after the stream and gate, the most straightforward path is to the right ie south east. This route is also suggested by Simoninthelakes (in reverse). It is a bit steep and rubbly but will soon bring you to the very pleasant wooded and then moss-walled lane. A footpath off the next farm track leads into the gorgeous Honeybee Wood which is full of beech trees. Footpath signs at Barrowfield Farm direct you around the buildings and up through the field to more woods and the steep path climbing up Scout Scar. Even on a dull day the views from the top are phenomenal!
At the cairn, the route heads away from the scar across the moorland where there is a lot of exposed limestone. There are great views over Kendal during the gradual descent. Eventually a field is reached via a kissing gate. An obvious path leads across it to a pinch stile, and onto the quiet road that heads over the A591 into Kendal. The route down footpaths, alleys, and staircases is well plotted and I found it easy to follow in this direction. However, finding the correct lane in the opposite direction, from Kendal, might be tricky. It is called Entry Lane and is between WH Smith's and Holland & Barrett's, almost opposite Market Place and the Great War statue.


Simoninthelakes

25 Aug 2021 Summer

A pleasant walk from Kendal to Levens, but with a couple of curiosities in the route.

The departure from Kendal winds its way through some of the oldest parts of the town, and it is easy to mistake the cross streets from one lane to another as they are often just steps. It would be frustrating to miss the right one and end up in a cul-de-sac, so perhaps it would be advisable to stick to the main streets as far as Brigsteer Road.

The first real curiosity is the descent from the Cairn at 486906, where the obvious route to Levens is to turn left and head out via Helsington church. However, LevKen2 doubles back and descends steeply to the farm at Barrowfield, adding slightly to the distance and a little more than that to the duration.

The next difficulty is the sharp right turn at Wells Garth 486889. There is no indication that a public right of way exists down the steps to the side of this house, from the top it appears to go onto a terrace behind the house. Discretion got the better of me, so I skirted off-route round the house by the sharp right turn at 486888. It’s not clear from the other side either.

The right of way takes you through the yard of Park End Farm, where they have made great efforts to steer walkers round the outside - but he signs are only visible fro the road so they don’t work in this direction. The giant zig zag of the right of way across the next field is a bit of a local joke, just cross the field to the gate!

For the return I took the northerly footpath out of Levens at 487871, then the bridleway north east from the junction at 489875 to pass Helsington church and cross Brigsteer Road at 487893. The path is then pretty straight back to the Cairn. About a mile or so shorter, and much easier to navigate.


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