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Restless Native

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Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« on: 13:34:14, 01/07/18 »
Hi,
My wife, my springer spaniel and I are off down to the lakes later on this month, we are camping near Kendal for the first time as we usually stay in the Keswick area.
Would anyone care to recommend decent walks around Kendal, donít mind driving to a start point for a circular route, 10-15 miles tops long and no scrambling.
Got a few routes in mind from back issues of Trail and looking at our maps a few more, just looking for personal opinions on a few routes from those who have walked them.
Any pointers to a decent pub would be welcome also  O0


Thanks,
Andy.
We're still going, one more time to Strathault,
the clown and the wolfman.

richardh1905

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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #1 on: 14:00:05, 01/07/18 »


Hi,
My wife, my springer spaniel and I are off down to the lakes later on this month, we are camping near Kendal for the first time as we usually stay in the Keswick area.
Would anyone care to recommend decent walks around Kendal, donít mind driving to a start point for a circular route, 10-15 miles tops long and no scrambling.
Got a few routes in mind from back issues of Trail and looking at our maps a few more, just looking for personal opinions on a few routes from those who have walked them.
Any pointers to a decent pub would be welcome also  O0


Thanks,
Andy.


Welcome to the forum, Andy. Rest of post deleted as I mis-read yours!

Edit - exactly where are you camping, by the way?
« Last Edit: 15:12:32, 01/07/18 by richardh1905 »

zuludog

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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #2 on: 14:10:08, 01/07/18 »
I lived in Kendal for over 30 years and I always thought that the area was rather boring and scrappy for walking, though no doubt others will be along to disagree


It is, however, a good base to visit the Eastern & Far Eastern Fells; the Yorkshire Dales; and the Northern Pennines
Drive into Longsleddale, Kentmere, or to Mardale/Haweswater and go up the surrounding fells. Kentmere Horseshoe is a classic walk, though you can do it in two halves if you wish
High Street is straightforward enough from Haweswater


There are pubs, but I don't know the current situation as they're closing all over the place
For a long time The Haweswater Hotel had the reputation of being the most miserable pub in the Lake District, though i hear it has improved recently
Visit The Ring o' Bells at the southern end of Kendal. It has kept the traditional layout, and is the only pub in Britain on consecrated ground

Richardh 1905 I think you've misread the OP Restless native is camping near Kendal, and the walks you've suggested are near Keswick

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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #3 on: 14:51:39, 01/07/18 »
The extended search function in www.gpsies.com has a custom search engine that allows you to find walks in the Kendal area.  You can set the search location to Kendal and the radius of search distance from Kendal as well as the max and min walk lengths. Link here  https://www.gpsies.com/trackList.do


Similarly www.haroldstreet.org has a searchable map engine http://www.haroldstreet.org.uk/routes/map-area.php?  Zoom in to the Kendal area


The OS website also has a search function to find routes  Link here for Kendal area  https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/54.31668,-2.72361,12
Select the Routes tab, click Discover Routes and untick Premium Routes for a full selection of routes available.  You will need to subscribe to get mapping and view routes.


As to pubs:  The Eagle and Child in Stavely is a friendly place, the pub in Ings, Watermill Inn, brews its own.  The Hawkshead Brewery is also in Stavely and has a brewery tap with food.
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richardh1905

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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #4 on: 15:11:30, 01/07/18 »


Richardh 1905 I think you've misread the OP Restless native is camping near Kendal, and the walks you've suggested are near Keswick


Oops; it would appear that I did!  :-[ 

richardh1905

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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #5 on: 15:19:00, 01/07/18 »

Hi again Andy; now that the penny has dropped that you are staying in Kendal and not Keswick...


The limestone escarpments to the W & SW of Kendal are worth a look; Whitbarrow in particular.


Or you might want to drive to Sedbergh, and explore the Howgills; wonderful hills.

Restless Native

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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #6 on: 17:58:42, 01/07/18 »
Thank you kindly for the replies, very helpful.
Kind regards,
Andy  O0
We're still going, one more time to Strathault,
the clown and the wolfman.

richardh1905

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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #7 on: 18:36:51, 01/07/18 »

Thank you kindly for the replies, very helpful.
Kind regards,
Andy  O0


Always a pleasure to talk about walking in the Lake District!


Here's something a little different; maybe if the clouds are down on the higher hills - drive to  Glenridding via Kirkstone Pass (not too far from Kendal), then catch the steamer to Howtown, and walk back along the east shore of Ullswater -  a brilliant walk.


If you want a longer walk, get the steamer to Pooley Bridge; walk up Askham Fell to the south east; then traverse down to Howtown and along the shore as before. The steamer is dog friendly, by the way.


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zuludog

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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #8 on: 19:36:22, 01/07/18 »
Here is a very short, easy bit of fellwalking, just right for an evening out from Kendal.


drive north on the A6 to Huck's Bridge. A few hundred yards before you get there, there is a lay by on the lhs at 553037
Park there and walk back to a gateway on the other side of the road, on the bend
Go through this and walk straight up the fellside  (faint path) to the summit of Ashtead Fell, 557032, which has good views. It's moderately steep now & again, but short
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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #9 on: 07:08:19, 05/07/18 »
Welcome to you. There's a decent walk from the town to Scout Scar and there's footpaths that can give you a fair range of distances to suit. Some good pubs in Kendal and especially is the range of beers in Wetherspoons, plus you can get a decent, good value meal in the place. I think it was the old swimming baths, so you might want to take the plunge give it a try!


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Re: Recommended walks in the Kendal area
« Reply #10 on: 19:46:33, 05/07/18 »
Thanks again for the replies,
Andy  O0
We're still going, one more time to Strathault,
the clown and the wolfman.