BB1018 : The Kentmere Challenge

Saturday 24th April 2010

We had intended to rise to the full challenge- 20 miles and 4,750 feet of climbing but when Ian phoned me to say he had not been very well and was unwilling to risk the full round, I must admit I breathed a sigh of relief. I suspect Martin did too.

The challenge had been posed by the Rotary Club of South Westmorland in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  It must be said that they took their duties very seriously.  The way-marking made it pretty difficult for anyone to get lost.  On such a lovely day, it was impossible!

No mistaking the way!

Starting from Wilf's car park in Staveley, the route went up the west side of the valley first on road, then bridle path and finally onto open fell.  

Looking back down lower Kentmere valley

More way markers on the fell

We thought it was going to include Sallows but it passed over the shoulder.  We made a slight detour to contemplate adding in the summit but decided it was too much backtracking.

Sallows comes into view

Comitibus: Kentmere

The "expert's" route continued over Yoke and round the head of the valley but we lesser mortals dropped down the Garburn Pass to Kentmere.

The route note travelled- to Yoke

The Garburn Pass snaking down to Kentmere

On the way, we passed a man carrying a bed on his back and, subsequently, a previously unnoticed climbing rock where he might have been using his bed as a falling-off protector (or to kip on whilst waiting his turn).

Man with bed

The climbing rock

There is some lovely old property in Kentmere, most of it sympathetically restored or developed.  It is a lovely valley but I still wouldn't want to live there- so near to Kendal yet so isolated.

A fine Kentmere cottage

The church and hall come into view

Lunch was taken at the Kentmere Village Hall where a man suddenly looked at Ian and said "It's Ian!"  Ian looked blankly back and the man said "See this scar below my eye?  You did that."  Ian eventually recalled that this related to an incident in a squash match some thirty years or more previously.  Fortunately there was no ill will remaining!

The luncheon table

Green Quarter washing for Margaret

Kentmere village from Green Quarter

Upper Kentmere Valley

The route back was via Green Quarter (past an excellent display of washing for Margaret) to Cocklaw Fell, down to Skeggles Water then across Staveley Head Fell.

Shipman Knotts from Cocklaw Fell

Skeggles Water

Micro brewery with micro dray horses

Nearing Staveley, Reston Head to the right

Barley Bridge Weir, Staveley

Returning to the Mill Yard, we downed a well earned pint at the Hawkshead Brewery with its micro dray horses.

Of course on checking in we were challenged.  Were we going to do the full round next year?  Well, are we?  Watch this space!

Don, 24th April 2010


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24th April 2010

Distance in miles:


Height climbed in feet:



- (almost Sallows)

Other Features:

Kendtmere Challenge-

Wainwright Countdown:

Don & Stan: 23     Bryan: 7 (all unchanged)


Don, Ian, Martin

If you have Memory Map on your computer, you can follow our route in detail by downloading BB1018.

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For the latest totals of the mileages, heights and Lakeland Fells Books Wainwrights see: Wainwrights.

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2010 Outings

BB1001 :
The Most Perfect
 Winter Day
Thursday 7th January

BB1002 :
 Potter Fell
Thursday 14th January

BB1003 :
A Snowy Equipment Test

Thursday 21st January

BB1004 :
Leave It To The Professionals

Thursday 28th January

BB1005 :
That's A Lyth Record
Sunday 31st January 

BB1006 :
Reasons To Be Cheerful
One, Two, Three
Thursday 11th February

BB1007 :
Can You See Clearly Now?
Thursday 18th February

BB1008 :
In Memory Of
Thomas Williamson
Thursday 25th February

BB1009 :
Almost a Mountaineer!
Wednessday 3rd March

BB1010 :
The Beginning Of The End
Thursday 11th March

BB1011 :
The Free Men on Tuesday
Tuesday 16th March

BB1012 :
We'll Get Them In Singles,
Thursday 25th March

BB1013 :
The Fools on the Hill
Thursday 1st April

BB1014 :
The Windmills on the Moor
Wednesday 7th April

BB1015 :
By Lake, Ridge and Wainwright
Sunday 11th April

BB1016 :
The Ten Lake Tour (+5Ws)
Thursday 15th April

BB1017 :
The BessyBOOT
Thursday 22nd April

BB1018 :
The Kentmere Challenge
Saturday 24th April

BB1019 :
Winter in Springtime
Thursday 14th May

BB1020 :
Red Screes and Sausages
Thursday 20th May

BB1021 :
The Mile High Club
Thursday 27th May

BB1022 :
What A Difference A Day Makes
Thursday 3rd June



BSB2010 :
boys in Zillertal
Saturday 30th January
to Saturday 6th February

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If anyone wants to claim other peaks, please let me know and I will submit them to the adjudication committee!