Kendal to Windermere via the Dalesway

  • Enjoy the banks of the River Kent
  • Great views as Windermere is approached
  • Quiet farm tracks & paths

The low fells that lie to the east of Windermere are one of my hidden gems, a mix of farmland and rolling limestone hills interspersed with the odd tarn. I only discovered the area recently but have been back a number of times – there really is no reason to always having to travel from Windermere to enjoy good walking. Throw in some pleasant riverside walking along the banks of the River Kent (originates from Kentmere) and a tramp around Staveley and this is one of the best sections of the Dalesway and an excellent one day walk in its own right

Recommend: If you can persuade the driver of the bus to drop you in Burneside (and he may) thuiis avoids the up hill 1 mile through the outskirts of Kendal

Transport: The 555 leaves Windermere train station for Kendal every hour on the half hour taking 25 minutes. n Sunday the first service is not till 11.30 but still time for the walk.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East Buy Map
Start Point: SD 513928. Head north from the bus stop on to the main road to Windermere (A5284). After 100 metres turn right on to the B road opposite a church which lead in to Burneside after 1 mile.
Height to Climb: 246 ms (807 feet)
Terrain: From Burneside the path is well sign posted as the Dales Way over a mixture of paths and tracks. Any riverside path can become muddy.
Eating & Drinking: Staveley has a choice of pubs but I do not know them well, otherwise it is best to wait till Bowness/Windermere
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