"Once ravaged by Scottish reivers, this lovely remote valley now basks in enviable tranquility."
Kentmere is a beautiful Lake District valley, offering stunning mountain scenery, a remote and off-the-beaten-track feel, and yet is just 20 minutes drive from Windermere. In the picture above, our house is bottom right (if you can't see it, narrow your browser window and it will pop into view). You can read about the valley and its history on the parish website here and Kentmere has a detailed Wikipedia page here. There are abundant walking, running, climbing and biking opportunities in the valley which we listed in the 'Out & About' section.
Below is a close up of the view across the valley from One Long Houses to St Cuthbert's church, Kentmere nestling below the crags. Cuthbert, the 'patron saint of northern England' was finally laid to rest in Durham Cathedral in 687. The North is dotted with churches dedicated to him, usually linked to apocryphal visits by the Saint. To the left of the church and out of the picture sits 14th Century Kentmere Hall - under renovation at time of writing and so hidden under scaffolding.