Kentmere Horseshoe

Route: Kentmere Horseshoe

Grade: Hard
Length & Ascent:  12 miles/1040m
Full Day: 6 - 8 hours
Terrain: Mostly good paths along broad grassy ridges with the occasional steep ascent and descent.

Summary: We will guide you around one of the classic Lake District horseshoe walks which takes in all the summits around the pretty Kentmere valley, providing you with a long and memorable day out in the Lakeland fells.  The highest summit, Thornthwaite Beacon may only be 784m high but the walk is lengthy with non stop far-reaching views.  You’ll see the valleys of Troutbeck, Longsleddale and Haweswater down below and also the Kentmere reservoir near the head of the valley.  On occasions we've even seen wild ponies.

The walk starts in the beautiful, quiet Kentmere valley and follows the Garburn Pass before heading over the grassy tracks on the western side of the horseshoe, taking in the summits of Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Beacon with its large obelisk.  The ancient roman road of High Street passes here on its way from the valley of Troutbeck to the summit of High Street.  Time permitting; it may be possible for us to take this summit in too.  We follow around the head of the Kentmere Valley, over the Nan Bield Pass and up onto the summit of Harter Fell, then down the eastern side of the horseshoe to Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts.

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