StaveleyKendal

Staken one
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Verified by 75.00% of reviewers

By a Slow Ways Volunteer on 07 Apr 2021


Distance

8km/5mi

Ascent

120m

Descent

73m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Staveley and Kendal.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Staveley and Kendal.

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Status

This route has been reviewed by 4 people.

This route has been flagged (1 times) for reasons relating to access.

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Verified route

Route status - Live

Reviews - 4

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3) Maybe (1)

Problems reported -  Access (1)

Downloads - 9

Surveys

What is this route like?

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Description Note
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.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
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)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (1)
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.

Not present at time of survey 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)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not 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)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey 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)
Maybe present Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Not 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)
Maybe present No visible path (1)
Maybe present 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 20.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 18.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 40.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 16.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (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.

50.0% of the route is on roads (1)

36.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

40.0% of the route is paved (1)

5.0% of the route is muddy (1)

10.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

10.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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1 surveys

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

Total length

Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Staveley
Grid Ref SD4708998224
Lat / Lon 54.37676° / -2.81606°
Easting / Northing 347,089E / 498,224N
What3Words limo.tadpole.tunes
Kendal
Grid Ref SD5162592942
Lat / Lon 54.32975° / -2.74537°
Easting / Northing 351,625E / 492,942N
What3Words songs.strut.wide

Staken One's land is

Pasture 57.3%
Urban 42.7%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Alison Gilchrist

23 Jun 2023 Summer

I walked this route in June 2023 but took a variation by the flat bridge above Cowan Head so that I could continue on the grassy path the other side of the river that goes all the way into Burneside. It is a delightful alternative to walking along the roads through Bowston and into Burneside. From the outskirts of Burneside I took the path across the field, which then runs paralell to the railway line before entering a small housing estate, crosses the line, heading on streets for a little before, doubling back under the railway bridge to then take the riverside path into Kendal. I suggested as a third alternative to the 2 routes already linking Staveley and Kendal but my version (mainly off-road) doesn't seem to have been uploaded on the website yet.


Mary Oz

23 Nov 2021 Autumn

The route leaves Staveley on a path slightly separated from the road and next to the river. It leaves the road just before the level crossing and follows the Dales Way – but not for long. Instead, it goes along an enclosed path which has some stones and roots across it, and I believe it can be a bit overgrown in summer, but it was fine in late autumn. It ends at a difficult stone wall stile, then directly crosses a field to arrive at Cragg Farm. The path goes to the right of the buildings then across a garden via a waymarked gate and another stone wall stile. It then heads downhill crossing a rough stony pasture field, then a grassy field to arrive, via a short, walled lane, into Cowan Head. The steps to the gate here might be easy to miss in the opposite direction.
From here it is B roads nearly all the way. Mostly these are paved, sometimes via a path separated from the road by a hedge. The route passes through Burneside, which apparently has toilets at the church, and has a station and a pub. The pub appeared to be closed when I passed it, but its website suggests it is normally open every day, including lunchtime. The walk into Kendal is nothing special, although the final riverside section is pleasant.


Simoninthelakes

08 Aug 2021 Summer

Only two stars because there is a section of this route for which there are significantly better choices.

The problem section is from Staveley to Cowan Head, which takes the footpath from the road out of Staveley (just before the railway crossing) and navigates via Cragg Farm.

Difficulties start at the path junction at 477975, where the Slow Way departs from the DalesWay by forking right along a little used footpath between parallel walls. This section is overgrown and was a nightmare in shorts.

The parallel wall section ends at a knee-high stone stile (Photo 1) that drops awkwardly and unexpectedly far down to the field (Photo 2) and a confusion of yellow arrows on the telegraph pole (Photo 3). Even as an experienced navigator, I took the wrong direction from here and had to track back. The Slow Way goes directly across the field to the opposite corner.

At Cragg Farm, the footpath skirts the buildings (not through the farmyard as indicated on the OS map) and then goes across the neat garden (not signposted) to open ground beyond. Not wanting to trample across someone's garden, the walker is drawn to the more obvious track towards the cattle grid, but this is wrong.

Finally, the descent to Cowan Head is again on an overgrown / underused path.

For the sake of a couple of hundred metres extra walk, I would recommend taking the Dales Way from the original path junction at 477975, which follows a clear and well-used path along the bank of the Kent and rejoins the original path at Cowan Head.

Alternatively, stay on the roadside path at 476975 and follow the cycle track / footpath beside the A591 to Plantation Bridge, then negotiate a couple of bends on the quiet road that is Winter Lane before strolling down to Bowston.

  • Mary Oz

    Mary Oz

    23 Nov 2021

    Sorry Simon, I walked this in late November (as opposed to early August) and found the footpath between parallel walls to be well-trodden and the overgrowth had died back or been trimmed. I would have been happy to do it in shorts if it had been warmer. I agree the stone stile was not very nice, but the yellow arrows on the telegraph pole were fine if you looked at them from the stone stile, as opposed to waiting until you pass it and are looking as though you'd approached from a different direction. At Cragg Farm there are yellow markers pointing you around the buildings and then on the gate into the garden where the path straight across to the stone stile out again, was fairly clear. I checked with the owner who was gardening nearby, who confirmed this is the correct route. The path into Cowan Bridge was not overgrown in November, and looked well used. I agree the Dales Way is better, but this route is not that bad, in my opinion.

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JanMet

30 Apr 2021 Spring

This an easy steady flat route, mainly following the route of the Dalesway along the River Kent.

  • simoninthelakes

    Simoninthelakes

    08 Aug 2021

    I believe you might be mistaken, as only the short section from Cowan Head to Bowston is on the Dales Way. I'd be interested to hear whether you agree with the comments in my review, as I think it would be better following the Dales Way more closely.

  • Mary Oz

    Mary Oz

    23 Nov 2021

    JanMet, only 10% of this route follows the Dales Way, as Simon has pointed out. Neither is it flat.

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