On Sunday we found ourselves with a couple of hours to kill in Kendal and, as we're expecting family visitors over the summer we thought we'd check out a pleasant stroll along the River Kent to see if it was suitable for all ages. Turns out it was so I thought I'd pass it on for those looking for a pleasant stroll away from the fells. As I've already mentioned, the walk doesn't start with the most picturesque of views but it's certainly worth persevering. Begin by picking up the river path near the Museum of Lakeland Life and head south west (follow the flow of the river). The path winds along the edge of a housing estate to Romney Bridge; cross the road (with care, it's pretty busy) and continue along the road opposite. The path soon drops down to the riverbank and at this stage it's quite narrow and, I should imagine,a little muddy after rain; but nothing too bad.
As the path winds around the edge of the Sewage Works look across to the field on the other side and you'll see what remains of Watercrook Fort. The first thing you'll notice is that there's not a lot there apart from the grass mounds, but then it does date back to the late first century. There's some really fascinating stuff about it here - including some old maps.
As you exit the trees at Scroggs Wood don't follow the road, follow the footpath which is clearly signed through the field opposite. At this point the landscape opens up with lovely views of the gentle rolling hills around the south of Kendal. Granted there is some road noise away in the distance, but the views are lovely.
|View from Hawes Bridge.|
|View from Romney Bridge.|