The full-on Kentmere Horseshoe
How do you turn an overcrowded logjam of a walk into one of fun and solitude? Simple ... leave after everyone else. The Kentmere Horseshoe is a well-worn classic and, to be honest, starting to show wear and tear with heavily managed paths and streams of visitors. But there's a reason they come here; it's one of the best high-level walks in the region. Enjoy it to yourself by extending the route - start at Staveley, which has a train station, rather than Kentmere where you can only drive. This means you will arrive after the crowds have left the main circuit. Camp up high on the ridge and you can then enjoy the early morning sun on the ridge to yourself before the hordes descend. It's a trick that works across the Lakes ...
End: Windermere, Cumbria, England, OS Grid: SD412987
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End: Windermere, Cumbria, England, OS Grid: SD412987 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
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