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Kentmere and Troutbeck

September 7, 2018

Walking in the remote country between Kentmere and Troutbeck is a real pleasure. It is a peaceful walk where the miles tend to slip by. The views are good and I ended up with a real feel of well being.

The Walk

I was struggling to come up with a walk in the valleys of Kentmere and Troutbeck. The road is very busy and there are no obvious ways to escape it (aside from a possible circuit of the Tongue). Dubbs Road does the trick. High on the quiet eastern flank of the valley this old drovers road offers excellent views of the valley without the traffic noise whilst offering a perspective of the upper Troutbeck valley and which is rarely if ever seen. To obtain the road involves a circuit of Sallows and Sour Howes, two rarely visited hills south of the western arm of Kentmere.

The bridleway from Kentmere towards the hamlet of High Borrans is through a quiet and peaceful landscape rarely found in the National Park. A place of bubbling streams and bird song. Dubbs Road finally climbs to 1,500 foot at Garburn Pass before dropping sharply to Kentmere, offering some lovely views of this unspoilt valley. All in all for those who want a day away from the high fells and the crowds this is a perfect solution. It is long enough though to gain a good thirst.


There is apparently an excellent Outdoor Centre at High Borrans. Walking through the hamlet I never noticed it at all. Run by the North Tyneside Council if group activities interest you this is a good one!

The Kentmere and Troutbeck walk is one of my 25 favourite walks in the Lake District.

Navigation Tips on a Kentmere and Troutbeck walk

I wouldn’t normally say this but from High Borrans farm a good track leads across to Dub’s Road past the reservoir. However it is not in access land. Officially you should head down to the main road and then turn right and join Dubhs road 500 metres further on.

  • Mark Thomson says:

    Walked this this afternoon, lovely walk but started it at Dubbs road. Easier to get to and plenty of parking. Came back via Moothowe Road and signs up there were shooting going on. Recommend this as only passed 3 other groups all afternoon

  • Brian Reynolds says:

    Walk L060 Kentmere to Troutbeck

    Lovely walk apart from the section from High Borrens to Dubbs Road. No signs of right of way on ground, not much on the OS map, padlocked gates, boggy fields!

    • Jonathan says:

      There is no sign of the path although it is marked on the map as a landrover track and there is a small style. Probably best to follow the lane past High Borrans for 1/2 a mile on to Moothowe Road and join Dubbs Road and its southern start point.

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