The weather forecast for the day after we got home from Shropshire promised good weather. A pity we hadn’t stayed there longer as we would have been able to get out back on to the hills. I was still on holiday from work so I decided to make the most of it and took the train over to Staveley to get out on the fells. Last time I was here a few weeks ago I’d worked out a couple of circular routes that would take me from Staveley over to Longsleddale and back to the Kentmere Valley so I thought I’d give it a go. This is a very quiet part of the Lake District National Park. During the walk, after leaving Staveley, I saw only 4 other walkers on Brunt Knott, two locals in Longsleddale and a mountain biker during a 5 hour walk.
Leaving the staton I picked up a every tasty pork pie at the Bakery in the Mill yard, took the path along the river and walked to Barrley Bridge and was soon heading up into the fields.
Views of the Kentmere valley and mountains soon opened up to my left.
I headed towards Brunt Knott passing Brunt farm
and, although it was a slight diversion, decided to climb to the top. I took a rather direct steep route up to the summit – there’s the trig point dead ahead!
The views from the summit, on a sunny day, are outstanding in every direction
Looking south west I could see as far as the Kent estuary and Morecambe Bay
and looking east there were the Coniston fells
the Langdales, Crinkle Crag, Bowfell and the Scafells
Red Scree, Helvelyn (I think!), Yoke and Ill Bell to the north
Kentmere Pike and and Harter Fell
Looking towards the east
the Howgill fells to the south east
After enjoying the views for a while, and grabbing a bite to eat, I set back down the hill and continued along the path east towards Longsleddale
It was starting to get rather wet and muddy underfoot
The fells to the left
Getting closer to Longsleddale
Starting to descend into the valley. Looks stunning
I followed the path north along the floor of the valley
Looking over to the other side of the valley I spotted an old Pele tower incorporated into a farm house – Yewbarrow Hall.
A little further along a lonely church – St Mary’s
Getting closer to the head of the valley
At the farmhouse at Hollin Root, I turned off taking the path up the hill heading back to the Kentmere Valley
Looking back down the path
and south, back down the valley I’d just walked along
It was a modest climb and I soon reached the relatively flat moorland. There were good views of the fells to the north east and Gatesgarth Pass at the head of the valley.
After a short while I could see Skeggle’s Water, a small tarn, to the north. No time to divert to take a closer look though. I needed to keep moving as I wanted to catch the train that left Staveley just after 6 o’clock (otherwise a two hour wait for the next one).
Carrying on across the moorland. It was a lot drier underfoot than the path I’d taken between Brunt Farm and Longsleddale.
Approaching the Kentmere Valley
Starting to descend off the moor
Cutting across the fields
Heading towards Low Elfhowe in the Kentmere Valley. ONly a few miles back to Staveley now.
The weir at Barley Bridge
Another kilometre to the station. I made it with about 15 minutes to spare before the train arrived.
This was an excellent walk in beautiful countryside in an extremely quiet part of the Lake District.