Benson Knott. 4 March

From the centre of Kendal, we followed the road past Netherfield Cricket Club. There was a footpath virtually opposite the A684 junction which was a very narrow, climbing path with high walls on either side.

Having come out onto more open tracks, the path crossed the West Coast Mainline railway, before heading across fields and up onto to Paddy Lane.

Paddy Lane had some nice views back across Kendal. It was fairly quiet, and made for nice, relatively flat,  walking.

However, the ground was very boggy underfoot as we climbed Hay Fell. We finally made it to the cairn on Benson Knott, and then down and across to the trig point.

Although not a very clear day, there were some nice views across Kendal, as well as back towards the Howgills, and down towards Arnside Knott.

Descending from Hay Fell, we were initially going to go via Meal Bank and follow the River Mint back into Kendal, however with wet boots and time against us, we followed Paddy Lane back, finally taking the road down into Kendal from Greyhound Farm.