Visiting Kentmere

Map of Kentmere

A map of Kentmere is available here>>


We are asking people to respect the National Park’s request for people to stay away for the moment.

Richard Leafe, the Lake District National Park Authority’s Chief Executive, has said:

“Following the Government’s announcement that people will be able to travel for exercise from Wednesday 13 May, we know that many will be keen to visit the Lake District. This is understandable for the many physical and mental health benefits the National Park provides. However, sadly Cumbria currently has one of the highest Covid-19 infection rates in the UK, therefore keeping our staff and local communities safe must remain our priority. For example, our mountain rescue teams are made up of volunteers, many of whom work in the NHS and other frontline professions, so we cannot afford to put unnecessary pressure on them. So for now, we’re asking people not to rush back to the Lake District – help protect our communities, the fells will still be here when this passes.”

Kentmere Parking

Parking spaces in Kentmere are at a premium. There are a few spaces beside the Kentmere Institute – OS grid reference: NY 45601 04114; nearest postcode: LA8 9JL – but that is all and they are often taken by 8 am.

Please do not park on the road or in passing places as it makes the road too narrow for farm vehicles and the emergency services.  Please also avoid parking in field gateways – farmers need these to be kept clear at all times.

Occasionally, a field is opened for parking  – OS grid reference: NY 45815 03980; nearest postcode: LA8 9JP. Please be aware that this is agricultural land – it is not a permanent car park. Due to Planning Regulations, this field can only be opened on a limited number of days each year. It is also sometimes too wet to allow parking.

If you are planning to visit Kentmere and want to park, please ring 01539 821 689 to find out if the field will be open.


If you need the services of Kentmere’s First Responders, please call the ambulance immediately on 999 and the Responders will be called out automatically if it is appropriate. There is a public telephone kiosk and defibrillator outside the Kentmere Institute  – OS grid reference: NY 45601 04114; nearest postcode: LA8 9JL. 

Mobile Phone Signal

There is no mobile phone coverage over much of the valley.

More Information

Our Links page>> gives access to information about Staveley, the nearest village to Kentmere, and to other items of interest.

Kentmere Accommodation

There is a range of accommodation offered in Kentmere including holiday cottages, B&B and a camping barn.

Maggs Howe

Maggs Howe bed & breakfast is a former working farm surrounded by land still farmed by the family.
For information telephone 01539 821689

Maggs Howe Camping Barn

The traditional barn at Maggs Howe has been converted into fully-equipped basic accommodation sleeping 12 people.
For information telephone 01539 821689

Camping at Maggs Howe

Maggs Howe offers camping space for Duke of Edinburgh student groups.
Contact Christine Hevey 01539 821689 or 

Pout Howe

Pout Howe is a charming 18th century cottage, situated at the head of Kentmere valley. With space to sleep nine, it is ideal for families, walkers, mountain bikers, nature lovers and those who simply want to enjoy the Lake District.
For more information see  or email

Heads Cottage

A beautifully modernised 17th Century holiday cottage in an unique setting at the head of the magnificent Kentmere Valley.
For information see or telephone 07706 369253


This beautiful, traditional lakeland country house is set against a backdrop of high fell, at the far head of the Kentmere Valley.
There are two apartments, The Mews>> and Pengennett>>, both sleeping 2-3.

One Long Houses

Period Living Magazine renovation of the year 2018, this is a six bedroom Long House luxury farmhouse with converted barn sleeping up to 12, with beautiful views across the valley. See for further information including contact details.

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