Staveley - Potter Tarn - Cowan Head - Staveley

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This beautiful walk rises from Staveley over undulating land and across some low fells to visit Potter Tarn and then descends to Bowston, where it joins a delightful stretch of the Dales Way along the River Kent.

The two-mile river walk of the Dales Way is an excellent contrast to the low fells where you have been earlier in the walk. There is quite a lot of wildlife that can be seen along this stretch of river, including kingfisher, heron, oystercatchers, goosanders and other river birds, as well as a varied assortment of butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.

All tracks are reasonably good but strong shoes should still be worn. If children are on the walk, extra care should be taken on the final half-mile back into Staveley, as this is a main road and although the footpath is very wide, the road can be busy.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, River, Toilets, Wildlife
25/07/2020 - Timothy Gough

This is a wonderful walk with a little bit of everything. We have 3 dogs and the stiles were not particularly dog friendly we had to pick up our 2 elder dogs for some of the really steep ladder ones. The Handsome brewery was open on route too which was wonderful

25/09/2017 - Jim Grindle

Note that from August 2017 parking in the Mill Yard is limited to two hours and that it is monitored. There is no public car park so on-street parking must be found. Jim Grindle.

28/05/2013 - Peter Marshall

Love walking in this area. Not many stiles left just gates so much easier for dog walkers. Great walk through various parts quiet busy at Coombe Abbey but it was Bank Holiday. Had to lift the dogs over at point 3 as very low stile and no gap and at point 15 this can be a bit confusing as the entrance doesn't appear to be there just a small solitary gate standing alone. As previous comments point 4 is clearly marked and pathways have been made and point 19 is very overgrown so take a walking stick to beat back the nettles. Would definitely do this walk again

26/11/2012 - robert harrop

Did this walk sunday 25/11/12. Need to take extreme care when walking through woods at stage 10 of walk, one of our members sank up to her waist yesterday. I sank up to my knees whilst attempting to extricate her. No warning sign and no visible sign of danger. Obviously weather conditions recently have probably caused the ground conditions but it was dangerous and scary. Regards Bob Harrop Northwest Ramblers.

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