Friday's Walks

Kendal to Scout Scar

This walk from the centre of Kendal takes us through the site of the original castle to visit an impressive monument and then up onto Scout Scar with its magnificent views of the fells and Kent estuary. Returning back to Kendal Town Hall in time for lunch. Scout Scar escarpment is a dramatic landscape feature, and vistas of the Lake District Fells are stunning. The area is important for wildlife and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest within the Lake District National Park. Book here 

Whitbarrow Scar

A fine ridge walk with outstadning views over the Lakeland Fells, the Howgills, Ingleborough and Morecambe Bay. A climb through woodland to a long open ridge with limestone pavement. Return via an excellent viewpoint and an SSSI with a dramatic rock face. Book here

Benson Knott

This is the prominent hill to the east of Kendal that stands above the northern edge of the town. The views from the top are superb with the Lakeland Fells on one side and the Howgills on the other. The route cannot properly be described as circular as part of the route around Mealbank village is used for the outer and return journey but walkers will end up back where they started having followed the banks of the River Mint up one side of the river and back down the other side. Book here

Gooseholme & Doodleshire

The often overlooked Gooseholme, and the magic of Dickie Doodle! Taking in some of the history and architecture of this overlooked part of the town. Book here

Waterside, Abbott Hall & Aynham Road

Taking in some of the landmarks and history of this area of Kendal. Book here

Historic Kendal

This walk, based on the ‘Walking Trails’ leaflet, will take you around the town centre and highlight the many varied and interesting aspects of the town’s history.  Kendal has a long recorded history dating from Roman times and over the centuries the town has grown into the much loved market town it is today. The walk will highlight many of the fascinating hidden gems and stories within the town and explain their importance as to how the town developed. Book here.

Nobles Rest

The beautiful Noble’s Rest, and exploring Low Fellside and returning via Beast Banks – book here

An Evening With Alfred WainwrightBook Here

Saturday's Walks

The Northern Howgills: Wath to Ravonstonedale

This walk is set in the rolling hills of the Northern Howgills, and offers fine views of the surrounding countryside. From Wath the walk goes over the summits of Hooksey, Randygill Top, Green Bell, Knoutberry, Knott and Harter Fell to finish in Ravenstonedale Village. The grade of this walk is strenuous, suitable for fit experienced Fellwalkers. Book here

Cunswick and Scout Scar

Starting from Kendal Town the walk goes over the summits of Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar before descending to Helsington Church and Helsington Laithes to finish back in Kendal. Book here

The river to Sizergh and Heslington Church

Starting from Kendal Town  the walk heads South following the course of the old canal, then along the banks of the River Kent, before turning  Westwards to Sizergh Castle and Helsington Church.From there the walk heads across to Helsington Laithes and on to finish back in Kendal. Book here

Wainwright’s Kendal

This walk will explore Kendal. It links places and people that played a significant role in Wainwrights life and recreates his walk to work at the Town Hall from his house on Kendal Green. We will follow a section of ‘Wainwrights Way’ a 126 mile long distance route from Blackburn to Haystacks. Book here

Burneside to Gurnal Dubs

Burneside to Gurnal Dubbs with optional 1km extension through Craggy Woods (dens and swing for children) on return to Staveley. Book here

Gooseholme and ‘Doodleshire’

The often overlooked Gooseholme, and the magic of Dickie Doodle! Taking in some of the history and architecture of this overlooked part of the town. Book here

Waterside, Abbott Hall and Aynam Road

Taking in some of the landmarks and history of this area of Kendal. Book here

Nobles Rest and Low Fellside

The beautiful Noble’s Rest, and exploring Low Fellside and returning via Beast Banks. Book here

Evening Social

An illustrated talk with wine and cheese ‘Wildlife of the River Kent’ with David Harpley from Cumbria Wildlife Trust at The Shakespeare Centre in the centre of Kendal. Book here 

Sunday's Walks

Kentmere Horseshoe

The horseshoe at the head of the Kent valley is one of the great walks of the Lake District. However, if the weather is very bad the route will be changed to a lower level one including the passes (Gatesgarth, Nan Bield etc.) book here

River Kent & The Dales Way

This walk will start by taking the bus to Bowness-on-Windermere from Kendal bus station. The walk returns to Kendal along the Dales way, on the first half of the walk to the village of Staveley there are ascents and descents. Lunch will be taken in Staveley where there are refreshment possibilities, although drinks and snacks should be carried. The route then continues alongside the river initially on the Dales way until the village of Burneside from where the Dales way is left to follow the river Kent into Kendal. Book here

The Geology, Archaeology & Ecology of The Helm

The Helm is a prominent hilltop SE of Kendal. It has spectacular views and, perhaps not surprisingly, was a “hillfort” – and half of it is now owned and managed by Friends of the Lake District. There is an opportunity to stop at the Station Inn on the way back and buy Sunday lunch. Booking in advance is advised for lunch; we expect to be there for 12.30pm. Call Station Inn on 01539 724094. The guide will describe various “-ologies” to do with The Helm e.g. geology, ecology and archaeology. book here

Kendal’s Scars, Woodlands & Wildlife

Moderate walk – a wildlife-focused hike, over farmland, open fell, woodland, and two Wainwrights (outlying fells). Occasionally muddy, steep terrain – walking boots essential. Highlights include: excellent views, wildlife, limestone and woodland habitats, accessible from town centre (and two Wainwrights) book here

Gorges, Gunpowder & Topiary

Down the river Kent to Hawes Bridge with its limestone gorge, then Sedgewick and the gunpowder works by the Force. Through Levens Park to Levens Hall. Refreshments can be bought at the Hall. From there the walk returns to Kendal, along the opposite river bank where possible, but there is the possibility of public transport back from the Hall. book here

Kendal’s Yards & History

The Yards of Kendal are one of the town’s most distinctive features. They are a characteristic portrayal of parts of Kendal’s unique history.  In days gone by they were a series of thriving little communities lined with cottages and workshops.  With the march of progress and the wholesale destruction during the slum clearances of the 1960s, their number has been drastically reduced to become little more than a tourist attraction.  Having said that, there is still life in the yards and they deserve more than a superficial inspection. This walk will take you down some of the more picturesque ones revealing their history. Book here


A note from the Festival organisers…

Walk Safety is everybody’s responsibility.

All the walks, apart from those around the town, will be led experienced members of the various walking clubs in the area (Long Distance Walking Association, South Lakes Walking Club, Kendal Fellwalkers, Kendal Ramblers, U3A Walking groups etc) who have offered their services voluntarily because of their love of the town, its rural location and an enthusiasm for sharing it with visitors.

All reasonable steps will have been taken to ensure the safety of people participating in these events but participants will be asked to sign a disclaimer at the start of the walk advising that in taking part they will be doing so at their own risk.

Walkers are advised to ensure that they are appropriately dressed and equipped (including a basic first aid kit) for the grade of walk and the weather conditions.

Walk leaders will have the discretion of turning people away at the start of the walk if it is felt that they are inappropriately ‘kitted out’ for the walk in question and the conditions of the day.

Booking Fees.

Kendal Walking Festival has endeavoured to keep fees as low as possible. The booking fees applicable to the walks and events are to offset the costs of transport, insurance, room hire, publicity and ticketing administration. All the walk leaders are volunteers and the festival is a non-profit making event. If there are any surplus funds at the end of the Festival they will either be channelled into a similar event in the future or donated to a local charity.