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My bro is doing the Lakeland Trail – Staveley run in May and he wanted to check out the route, so we scheduled a few dates to walk the route as we wanted a clear day.  Today turned out to be one of those clear days.

Total Distance: 12 Miles
Highest Point: 955 Feet
Total Realistic Time: ~5 Hours

Staveley is a village in the South Lakeland district, in Cumbria, England. Historically part of Westmorland, it is situated 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Kendal where the River Kent is joined by its tributary the Gowan.


The car park is by Wilf’s Cafe, it is a free car park and toilets are available at the cafe.

The parking area has surrounding warehouse shops which includes Inov-8 The Forge Store, Wheelbase Cycles, Hawkshead Brewery, More? The Artisan Bakery and more.

Car park around the area

The route of the Lakeland Trail in Staveley

Head towards Reston Scar – mainly farm fields around the area.  

Head to a main path towards Hugill Hall and keep following the main path towards Kentmere.

There is a sharp right turn to head towards the side of Kentmere Tarn, we missed it and walked a bit further and came back when we realised.

There is a section where you walk through an industrial estate, then what seems to someone’s back garden πŸ€”. Paths are mainly made up of small stones along this area towards Ullthwaite Bridge.

Then onto the main path along Hall Lane which takes you back to the village.

A lovely weir near to Barley Bridge in the village.

The Staveley chippy was not open when we got back as yet so we went back to the cafe where we were parked and got a well deserved cuppa and waited until the chippy opened.

It was worth waiting for, the fish was fresh and crispy, along with some chips and homemade tartare sauce.  That hit the spot.

The walk had gradual inclines at the beginning and also towards the end of the route when you think it was going to get easier.  A good workout and I am glad I am not running it but good luck to those who will be doing the Staveley Trail event.


  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro (for taking photos/videos and mapping using OS Maps)
  • Comfy walking shoes (most important)
  • Waterproofs (to keep warm and dry)
  • Flask with Hot/Cold drink (a good cuppa is always welcome)
  • ibuprofen (helping hand if you have any aches and pains)
  • Food and snacks (fuel to keep you going)


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