GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Kentmere Reservoir Walk

6 miles (9.5 km)

This circular walk visits Kentmere Reservoir from the village of Kentmere in the Lake District.
You start of from Kentmere where you can follow public footpaths north to the reservoir. It's about a 2.5 mile walk to the water, following the River Kent on a gently ascending path. At the reservoir there's some other footpaths on either side with fine views across the water to the surrounding fells. It's a very tranquil spot and a lovely place to relax and get away from it all.
To continue your walking in the area, you could head south of the village to visit Kentmere tarn. There's also the option of picking up the popular Kentmere Horseshoe. This challenging walk visits some of the prominent fells of the valley, including Yoke and Ill Bell which lies just to the west.

Kentmere Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Kentmere Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Kentmere Tarn is located just to the south of Kentmere village. You can follow a footpath south from Kentmere Hall to reach the tarn as an extension to the walk. It's a very pretty and peaceful area with the little tarn surrounded by rolling countryside.
Kentmere Tarn - - 1526898 Kentmere Tarn by John Darch
Above: Kentmere Tarn near the start of the walk
Head south from the village along the River Kent and you could visit neighbouring Staveley where you can pick up the epic Dales Way and enjoy refreshment in the splendid riverside pub.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Kentmere - - 356385

Looking North with Lingmell End to the right and Mardale Ill Bell to the centre

Kentmere Reservoir out-flow - - 1758586

View across Kentmere Reservoir to its out-flow.

Kentmere Reservoir - - 1012527

Looking into upper Kentmere one of Lakelands least visited dale heads

Kentmere Reservoir - - 1758581

Kentmere Reservoir path on the western side

Kentmere village, Cumbria - - 3593163

Kentmere village in summer.

Heading for the hills - - 1012501

Heading for the hills. Walking north along Low Lane north of the village.The fell on the right is Kentmere Pike.

St Cuthbert's Church, Kentmere

St Cuthbert's Church in the village.

Hawthorn tree growing on rock - - 3732148

Hawthorn tree growing on rock just south of the reservoir.


GPS Files

GPX File

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