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Lakes walk offers history and scenery

Posted 12 August 2011
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Lakes walk offers history and scenery
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Those who love to go walking in the Lake District may enjoy a guided walking in the Kentmere valley this month, which will focus as much on the history as the scenery.

Held on Saturday August 19th, the event is a 10km circular trek that will take 5.5 hours, starting at Wilf's Cafe in Staveley.

The national park authority notes that walking gear and appropriate footwear are needed, so good hiking boots, walking trousers and outdoor jackets will be important items to wear.

One of a series of events being held to mark 60 years this month since the national park was designated, the walk is entitled "A valley with a past" and Kentmere Tarn is a major feature of this.

The original Kent Mere - from which the valley takes its name - was a large tarn drained in the 19th century in an unsuccessful bid to improve drainage from surrounding farmland.

In the 20th century, the silicon rich mud of its former bed was mined and this dredging created a new, smaller and narrower Kent Mere as the water filled the excavated land after the work ended.