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Kentmere Horseshoe – 10 Mile Challenge

Kentmere Horseshoe – 10 Mile Challenge

20th May , 2023 @ 08:00 14:00


Kentmere Horseshoe is a classic Lake District circular walk, taking in some of the most spectacular views in the region. The route incorporates Shipman Knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, Thornwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell, and Yoke.

Ascend the steep slopes of Kentmere Pike, which provides breathtaking vistas of the Kentmere Valley and surrounding mountains, including the peaks of Bowfell and Great End.

The descent takes you down towards Mardale Ill Bell, an ancient burial site believed to date back to the Bronze Age. The site is thought to have been a meeting place for druids and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a local woman.

The penultimate stop on this route is Ill Bell, a fell which has full on panoramic views of Windermere.

Hike Stats

Event Type: Medium Hike

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: 3/5 – Good level of fitness required

Duration: Approximately 6 hours including lunch and breaks

Peaks: Shipman knotts, Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, Thornwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell, Yoke


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We have a wide selection of different walks and hikes running throughout the whole season. Click the below link to view our full calendar of guided walks we currently have planned.

Where to Meet

We will be meeting at the St Cuthberts Church car park at 07:45am, aiming to commence the walk at 08:00am.

It is important to note that mobile phone signal can be very limited in the Lake District national park with the other challenge of some roads not actually being listed on Google Maps.

For this reason, we would recommend saving “Cumbria” as a offline map to your mobile device, allowing turn by turn navigation even with no mobile internet. If you are unsure how to do this, please read our blog post here.

We also recommend downloading the what3words app to your mobile phone. This allows navigation to unlisted roads/places using simply a three word phrase.

what3words phrase: ///displays.surround.playroom

St Cuthbert Church, Kentmere
Kendal,CumbriaLA8 9JLUnited Kingdom
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Please take some time to read our FAQs. If the question you need answering is not listed, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.

Can I bring my dog?

Well trained dogs are allowed on our low level walks only.

What is your refund/cancellation policy?

Our full refund and cancellation policy can be found here.

Is there a minimum age limit?

On our scramble and advanced hikes the minimum age is 16 accompanied by an adult. For our low-level walks all ages are welcome with under 16s being accompanied by an adult.

What kit do I need ?

A full required kit list can be found below.

Kit List

Make sure you have all items with you before attending one of our guided walks. These will be checked before starting and entry refused in some cases.

Waterproof Jacket & Trousers

Even if it is forecast blue skies all day the Lake District is known for its rapidly changing weather conditions. Attendees should be prepared for these sudden weather changes bringing appropriate waterproof jackets and over trousers.

Warm clothing

When it comes to hiking, layering is key to staying comfortable and safe on the trail. The layering system is a way to dress in layers that can be added or removed as the temperature and activity level change. It allows you to adapt to the changing conditions and stay comfortable throughout your hike. For a full breakdown, take a look at our blog post here.

Hiking boots/Trail Shoes

Hiking boots or trail shoes are essential, strictly no wellies.


We recommend a minimum of 20L rucksack will be needed to carry all items necessary for one of our guided walks.


For our medium hikes and scrambles we would recommend carrying a minimum of 1L of water. On the Low Level walks 500ml should suffice.

Head torch

This is a critical piece of equipment even for walks that will be starting during daylight hours.

Packed Lunch

Food for half way break, giving some much needed energy for the descent.