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Kendal

Cumbria


Slow Ways linking Kendal and Bowness-on-Windermere, Crosthwaite, Kirkby Lonsdale, Levens, Sedbergh, Staveley, Tebay, Windermere

England / Cumbria / Kendal

Kendal’s eight Slow Ways are 47% checked

Drawn: 8/8
reviewed: 4/8
verified: 2/8
and surveyed: 1/8

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Kendal from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Bowness-on-Windermere—Kendal
Bowken one Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 547m Descent 548m
Crosthwaite—Kendal
Croken one

Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 316m Descent 311m
Crosthwaite—Kendal
Croken two Review me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Kendal—Kirkby Lonsdale
Kenkir one Pioneer me Distance 27km/17mi Ascent 619m Descent 602m
Kendal—Sedbergh
Kensed one

Double check Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 575m Descent 489m
Kendal—Tebay
Kenteb one Pioneer me Distance 22km/14mi Ascent 726m Descent 567m
Levens—Kendal
Levken one

Double check Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 359m Descent 323m
Levens—Kendal
Levken two

Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 298m Descent 266m
Levens—Kendal
Levken three Review me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 173m Descent 137m
Levens—Kendal
Levken four Survey me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Staveley—Kendal
Staken one

Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 120m Descent 73m
Staveley—Kendal
Staken two Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent 174m Descent 127m
Staveley—Kendal
Staken three Pioneer me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Windermere—Kendal
Winken one Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 543m Descent 461m

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Collective progress

57% of Kendal’s eight route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

14/14

drawn

9/14

reviewed

6/14

surveyed

3/14

verified

9 people have contributed to Kendal’s Slow Ways

8 people have pledged to walk and review a route

6 people have surveyed a route in Kendal

106km out of 199km have been walked and reviewed

214km of reviews have been shared in Kendal

Latest Updates

This route follows the River Kent most of the way and what a superb route it is, following the Dales Way alongside the river for a good length of the route....

Paul Chilcott

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Nearer to Kendal it is necessarily less pleasant but keep an eye out for the otters (very) occasionally seen along the river bank. I agree it is more enjoyable to follow the river/Dales Way between Staveley and Cowan Head...

Pete

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Or you can continue to stay high, and take in the glorious views from Helsington Church then follow the edge of Scout Scar in its entirety. Once over the bridge and onto Kendal Fell with its golf course, it is usual and perfectly acceptable to deviate slightly off the footpath to take in your third summit of the day, and enjoy some more glorious views from the perfectly positioned bench - another of my favourite places....

Alison Cairns

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Chris Doyle took this photo on Levken four

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Continue to follow the route to Kendal, if time permits it's worth taking a small detour on Crunswick Fell up to the Cairn for more excellent views of the Lakeland Fells....

Chris Doyle

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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....

Alison Gilchrist

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Alison Gilchrist took this photo on Kensed one

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The route makes sense and sections of it were beautiful in terms of moving through the landscape....

Alison Gilchrist

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Kendal—Sedbergh

Alison Gilchrist pledged to walk Kensed one

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Staveley—Kendal

Alison Gilchrist added Staken three, a new walk from Staveley to Kendal

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Kendal—Sedbergh

Alison Gilchrist pledged to walk Kensed one

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Staveley—Kendal

Alison Gilchrist pledged to walk Staken two

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The route left Kendal through a pleasant park, easier to navigate than the labyrinth of ginnels and yards! It was well worth using this easy but longer route out of Kendal, as the original involves a scary crossing of the A591. On the last part of the route to Crosthwaite, the wide flat Lyth Valley came into view, with the ridge of Scout Scar further to my left. I am tempted to give the route 5*, but the rubbliness of Gamblemire Lane, and the presence of several herds of cows reduced it a bit for me....

Mary Oz

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I decided not to risk walking this route as the Google Street View shows that where the footpath crosses the busy, fast A591, it looks quite dangerous....

Mary Oz

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Crosthwaite—Kendal

Mary Oz added Croken two, a new walk from Crosthwaite to Kendal

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Levens—Kendal

Mary Oz added Levken four, a new walk from Levens to Kendal

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On leaving the wood through a gate follow the edge of the field with the woods on your left along an obvious rising path. At Parkend Lane follow the footpath signs up to Wells Garth. 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....

Mary Oz

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Kendal

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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. The path leads onto a long section of easy walking across open, grassy sheep pasture, and around the corner into a field which leads to a footbridge over the busy A591 Kendal Bypass. There are good views of Kendal from the golf course, but I found the footpath signposting to be unclear, and it seemed a lot easier to descend through Serpentine Wood, than try to find the path shown on the map....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Staken two

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Staveley—Kendal

Mary Oz added Staken two, a new walk from Staveley to Kendal

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The route leaves Staveley on a path slightly separated from the road and next to the River Kent. It leaves the road just before the level crossing and follows the Dales Way alongside the river to Cowan Head....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Staken one

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The route leaves Staveley on a path slightly separated from the road and next to the river. The path goes to the right of the buildings then across a garden via a waymarked gate and another stone wall stile....

Mary Oz

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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. 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)....

Mary Oz

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Mary Oz surveyed Levken two

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Mary Oz surveyed Levken one

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Mary Oz surveyed Levken three

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Kendal

Mary Oz surveyed Kendal

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Levens—Kendal

Mary Oz added Levken three, a new walk from Levens to Kendal

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Here the Lancaster Canal Trail is joined which leads all the way into Kendal....

Mary Oz

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Several instances of obscured or blocked paths, some of them probably rarely used, with overgrown or decayed access points. 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....

simoninthelakes

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simoninthelakes took this photo on Kensed one

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Discretion got the better of me, so I skirted off-route round the house by the sharp right turn at 486888. 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!...

simoninthelakes

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

simoninthelakes

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simoninthelakes took this photo on Staken one

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

JanMet

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Slight confusion in Kirby House Farm, where farmer said he intended to ask National Park to improve signs between farm buildings....

AwayO

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Bowness-on-Windermere—Kendal

Slow Ways added Bowken one, a new walk from Bowness-on-Windermere to Kendal

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Crosthwaite—Kendal

Slow Ways added Croken one, a new walk from Crosthwaite to Kendal

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Kendal—Kirkby Lonsdale

Slow Ways added Kenkir one, a new walk from Kendal to Kirkby Lonsdale

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Kendal—Sedbergh

Slow Ways added Kensed one, a new walk from Kendal to Sedbergh

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Kendal—Tebay

Slow Ways added Kenteb one, a new walk from Kendal to Tebay

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Levens—Kendal

Slow Ways added Levken one, a new walk from Levens to Kendal

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Levens—Kendal

Slow Ways added Levken two, a new walk from Levens to Kendal

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Staveley—Kendal

Slow Ways added Staken one, a new walk from Staveley to Kendal

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Windermere—Kendal

Slow Ways added Winken one, a new walk from Windermere to Kendal

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Kendal, Wed 21 February

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Kendal’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SD5162592942

Lat / Lon

54.32975° / -2.74537°

Easting / Northing

351,625E / 492,942N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Kendal's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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