Staveley & Potter Tarn

  • Pretty stretch of riverside walking
  • Start and finish in the village of Staveley
  • Visit two tarns nestling in the bracken and heather

The twin tarns of Gurnall Dubs and Potter Tarn are the highlights of an attractive foray in to the lower Kentmere valley which separates Staveley from Longsleddale. The higher lands of the walk offer an excellent contrast to the lower  which itself is one of the best 2 miles of the Dales Way. Whilst walking the long distance trail from Ilkley this stretch is when I really felt I had entered the Lake District. The path along the River Kent is a perfect example of riverside, Lakeland slate and attractive trees combining to form a beautiful riverside path. In the high summer months there is the added attraction of plenty of wildlife and colour. Birds, otters and wild rabbits are just some of the wildlife that it is possible to see during this time (as Mist, my collie pointed out) whereas higher up the slopes and towards the tarns it is bracken and sheep that dominate this tranquil scene.

Recommend: Have a look at the longer walk passing over the higher ground and in to the valley of Longsleddale.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY470981. The walk crosses the river at Bartley Bridge and turns south on the road before climbing the fellside.
Height to Climb: 271ms (889 feet)
Terrain: Good tracks on the fells and an excellent riverside path
Eating & Drinking: Staveley has a choice of pubs and a cafe. I must admit I know them not!
Similar Walks Nearby: Twin peaks of Longsleddale
Fells over Windermere
Kentmere & Troutbeck
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