GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Benson Knott

7 miles (11.2 km)

This walk climbs to a nice viewpoint at Benson Knott, just to the east of Kendal. It's about a 4 mile walk from the town centre to the Knott which rises to a height of 319m / 1047ft.
The walk starts on the eastern side of Kendal next to the train station. From here you can follow footpaths north through Mintsfeet to the River Mint. Follow the riverside path east and it will take you towards Meal Bank. You then cross the Appleby Road to pick up a public footpath leading you up to Hay Fell and Benson Knott. From here you can enjoy fine views to several of the surrounding Lake District Fells.
After taking in the views the route then desdends from the fell and returns to the town on the same paths.

Benson Knott OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Benson Knott Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


In Kendal head to the New Union for some post walk refreshments. The friendly pub won the prestigiousCAMRA Pub of the Year in 2019. You can find it at 159 Stricklandgate with a postcode of LA9 4RF for your sat navs.
There's also the White Hart Hotel which has a beer garden where you can relax outside if the weather is good. It can be found at 2 Highgate with postcode LA9 4SX.

Dog Walking

The river and country paths make for a nice walk for fit dogs. Both the White Hart Hotel and New Union pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking from Kendal you could try the Kendal Castle and River Walk which visits the historic castle before a strong along the River Kent. The climb to Scout Scar also starts from the town.
The National Trust's Sizergh Castle is near Kendal. There's lots of nice trails around the parkland and woodland in Brigsteer Woods.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.


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Benson Knott. The gap between the two summits.

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Looking up towards Benson Knott from the road near Laverock Bridge

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The summit of Hay Fell is named Benson Knott - which of the two tops is Benson Knott is not clear. View to the slightly lower triangulation pillar top from near the higher summit.

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Twin tops with cairn on one and Trig Point on the other.

Looking towards Kendal from Benson Knott - panoramio

Looking towards Kendal from Benson Knott

Looking back from bottom of Benson Knott - panoramio

Looking back from bottom of the Knott


GPS Files

GPX File

Benson Knott.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Benson Knott.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)