Kentmere Reservoir, Kentmere

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Kentmere Reservoir is a water storage facility situated in the Kentmere valley in the county of Cumbria, England. It is located 10.5 km north-northeast of the town of Windermere. The reservoir is fed by the streams which form the headwaters of the River Kent which rises 1.5 km to the north in Hall Cove on the southern slopes of High Street as well as Lingmell Gill which drains the large corrie on the western side of Harter Fell beneath the Nan Bield Pass.
The reservoir was built in 1848 after the mill owners on the banks of the River Kent decided they needed a regular and regulated supply of water to drive their water wheels. The main protagonists in the effort to build the reservoir were the James Cropper paper mill at Burneside, Benjamin Turton’s wood mill at Staveley, Wakefield’s gunpowder works at Sedgwick and Gawith Hoggarth’s snuff mill at Helsington.
The mill owners introduced a private bill into parliament in 1845 to get permission to build the reservoir, construction went ahead and was completed three years later. Over the years the James Cropper paper mill became sole owners of the reservoir with exclusive rights for use of the water. However, the firm no longer need the reservoir in their production process even though there is a high use of water in paper making. In 1995 they offered to hand the reservoir over to any new owner for free in return for their paying for repairs totalling £100,000 plus annual maintenance of over £2,000. No buyers came forward and Croppers are still the de facto owners of the reservoir today.
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  • Our family of 4 (with two teenage kids) enjoyed our circular hike to Kentmere Reservoir. The walk we did (Walk #51 out of Bill Birkett's book "Exploring The Lakes & Low Fells 2") started out at Kentme...  more »
  • The day we went the reservoir was empty. A nice walk up but a disppointing end. I am told it was for maintenance work so hopefully will be filled again soon.  more »
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  • Done the walk a couple of times now. It is very difficult to get parked as it is such a small village so be prepared to go somewhere else. First time we did it with a pushchair a S it was listed on miles without stiles but you can only really do the same track out and back. Second time we did it with a baby carrier so we could do a circular. Nice pleasant walk for a pound family
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