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A Lakeland area less walked

Posted 19 June 2012
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A Lakeland area less walked
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For some visitors to the Lake District, everything starts at Windermere. Whether by train or in a car via the M6 and A591, many will speed past Kendal and hurry on to the town on the side of England's largest alike, perhaps heading on northwards towards Ambleside, Grasmere or Keswick.

People in the know, however, will be aware that such visitors will miss one of the attractions of the area between Kendal and Windermere, not least the area around Staveley and Kentmere.

Staveley marks the foot of the Kentmere Valley, with the River Kent itself hurrying on into Kendal itself. Although on the rail line to Windermere, it is a request stop, which may accurately indicate the difference between the hurrying daytrippers and the discerning, knowledgeable walker.

National park rangers will, however, be helping those keen to learn more about the area with a guided trek on June 29th.

Entitled Two Hilltop Tarns and a Craggy Wood, this starts at Wilf's Cafe in Staveley and provides a 6.3 mile, five-hour walk through Craggy Woods and to the local tarns of Potter Tarn and Gurnal Dubs.

As ever, participants have been advised to bring walking equipment and appropriate footwear, so walking poles and hiking boots would be a good idea, alongside walking trousers.

This particular vicinity has a number of other tarns as well, including the curiously named Low Taggleshaw, Middle Taggleshaw and High Taggleshaw, plus Ghyll Pool, which is basically a mill pond.

As an introduction to the Kentmere area, it may act as a taster before the valley itself is explored. This will bring plenty of rewards, either through the classic Kentmere Horseshoe or the Nan Bield Pass, which the horseshoe crosses and offers a direct route to the southern end of Haweswater Reservoir at Mardale Head.

So while some will go on speeding past and never discovering one of the finest parts of the Lake District, others will get their boots on in Staveley and be better off for it.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801388528-ADNFCR