Potter Tarn from Staveley.

Start. Staveley.

Route. Staveley - Dales Way - Hagg Foot - Hundhowe - Ghyll Pool - Potter Tarn - Birk Field - Staveley Park - Staveley.

Notes. I'm out with Sue this morning, I've bribed her with a promise of lunch at Wilf's Cafe on our return. This once small cafe has grown over the years to become a real mecca for walkers and cyclists, deservedly so Wilf serves excellent food, and now you can even get a tipple from the Hawkshead Brewery next door.

Our route today headed south leaving Staveley following the main road, just before the railway crossing a finger post invited us to wander the Dales Way, we obliged, this was the start of a delightful walk along the banks of the River Kent. I would have been quite happy to wander down the river all day. After a mile and a bit of memorable wandering a dilapidated bridge allowed us to cross the river to start our ascent. The path passed Hagg Foot to ascend the drive to Hundhowe before following the tumbling waters of Ghyll Pool Gill. After passing Ghyll Pool we wandered through the next couple of fields before reaching the not so picturesque Potter Tarn, built to supply water for the paper industry over 100years ago, it's age shows.

It was time to make our descent, a ladder stile to the west allowed access to the next field, we crossed to descend on wonderful green paths, soon reaching Birk Field, after passing through the farm we ascended the access lane to reach a narrow tarmac road. Turning left it was down hill all the way from here passing Craggy Plantation before reaching a road junction, to the right a finger-post directed us to Staveley, we followed this path descending to Staveley Park before reaching the River Kent once more. From the river side path a wooden foot bridge spans the river, we crossed to make our way back into the village, our next port of call Wilf's and lunch.

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St Margaret's Tower built on land given by Sir William de Thweng, Baron of Kendal and Lord of the Manor of Staveley in 1338, a belfry had been built by 1589, by 1865 the site was over run by damp, it was decided to build a new church on higher ground, I know this because a plaque out of shot to the right tells me so.

Potter Fell seen from near Sandyhill.

On the banks of the River Kent looking to Craggy Plantation, our route back will descend along the tree line to Staveley Park.

Sue strides out along the Dales Way.

Our route across the Kent below Hagg Foot.

As we climbed higher the views opened up, the Coniston Massif across the skyline, it turned out my daughter was up there today.

Stunning views over the Kent Valley,

The outflow of Ghyll Pool.

Ghyll Pool with Potter Fell rising behind.

Potter Tarn.

Sue strides across the outflow from Potter Tarn.

Looking to Potter Fell across the dam wall.

The gentle slopes of Benson Knott rising from Kentdale with Kendal town to the right.

Let the wall carry the eye to one of the northern summits of Potter Fell, the fell is a mass of pasture and peat bog, interspersed by tiny tarns and trickling streams. Rising from Longsleddale to the east and Kentdale the west, stretching from Brunt Knott in the north to the Potter Fell Road crossing the lower slopes to the south.

Sallows and Sour Howes seen over Millrigg Knott.

On the march to lower ground looking to the unmistakable Langdale Pikes, in the middle distance Hugill Fell with the Williamson's Monument standing proud on the summit.

We've just exited the farm lane leading from Birk Field to be greeted by this delightful pond.

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