It’s correct to say, not a huge percentage of visitors to the Lake District will have heard of Kentmere or the Kentmere Valley. Tucked away with Windermere and Troutbeck to the west and Staveley to the south, Kentmere is a haven for real fell walkers and especially for those wishing to truly escape from the rat race.
We all love Windermere and Ambleside but their popularity is something not to everyone’s taste. The Lake District continues to get busier and busier year on year which has propelled even better services, more choice and in terms of food and drink, a really food lovers destination now.
But what is so fantastic about this National Park is the fact there are still places for a complete getaway, fully of just peacefulness and tranquillity of which Kentmere has it in abundance. The area provides direct access to some of the more challenging walks in the National Park such as the Kentmere Horseshoe and across to the awe inspiring Haweswater but also plenty of low level ones too. The valley is particularly enticing for us dog owners with very few roads, miles of open space with very little to get in our way. The latest Cumbrian Tourism #theplacetobe campaign image sums the valley up perfectly.
The Bothy is a perfect bolt hole. This sleeps 2 4 star self catering property enables a car free holiday upon arrival with countless walks right from the cottage door. It naturally allows our most prized possession, our four legged friend and is an easy 2 mile walk to the award winning Watermill Inn at Ings. The inn has its own micro brewery, serves hearty food and is extremely dog friendly, what more could you ask for from a Lake District pub? Around 3 miles away is the village of Staveley, great for stocking up on supplies especially from More Artisan bakery and Hawkshead Brewery. The Bothy is bookable through The Lakeland Cottage Company with off peak rates starting from £375 per week.