Blencarn to Kirkland via Kirk Hill - 1.9Km

From the village hall proceed downhill through the village until just after passing “Fell View”, you find a track signposted “Public Footpath Kirkland” leading off to the right.  Follow this track which leads past the front of the Bastle House.  Go through the field gate beside the Bastle House, and go down the field keeping the Bastle House garden on your left.  After another gate at the end of this field cross the next field diagonally to the right to skirt the fence enclosing Blencarn Lake. 

The lake is stocked with trout and fishing permits can be obtained from Mr Stamper at Long Meadows – Blencarn Hall Farm.  It is also visited by large numbers of Canada geese, a few greylag geese, cormorants, herons and assorted ducks.

After crossing the stone footbridge over Blencarn Beck, go diagonally to the left across the field to a stile beside a large oak. 

After the stile there is another footbridge, this one over Ran Beck, and then the route climbs straight ahead to the copse atop Kirk Hill where another stile gives access to it.

Over the stile on the other side of the copse there is a short ridge, at the end of which continue northwards across a large field to the roadside gate and fingerpost which will not be visible until the top of the rise is reached.  

On a clear day, it is well worth pausing here to admire the hillscapes.  To the south are the Howgills and Wild Boar Fell,  to the south west the Haweswater fells with High Street behind and moving round to the west the Dodds, Blencathra and Skiddaw.

Just before you reach the gate, St Lawrence Church, Kirkland, comes into view ahead.  Passing through the gate turn right along the road to reach the road junction, with Skirwith signposted to the left.  Take this left turn over Kirkland Beck, and the entrance to the church is on your right.

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