Kentmere and Troutbeck

  • Low level walk in 2 valleys
  • Great views over Troutbeck
  • Pass through High Borrans

I was struggling to come up with a walk in the valley of 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, long enough though to gain a good thirst.

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

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 459040. There is some parking at Kentmere, a field is opened by a local farmer for a small fee
Height to Climb: 386ms (1,266 feet)
Terrain: Their is a clear bridleway to High Borrans and an old drovers road back over Garburn Pass. The short path past Borrans Reservoir can be wet
Eating & Drinking: There is nowhere to eat or drink in the Kentmere valley until Staveley is reached 3.5 miles away. There may be some snacks in the Green Quarter
Similar Walks Nearby: Wansfell from Troutbeck
The Kentmere Horseshoe
Exploring Troutbeck Tongue
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