Wonderful views from the farm
A traditional Lakeland Farm set in the Kentmere valley, within the Lake District National Park
Kentmere Farm Camping Pods are based at Browfoot Farm, set in the beautiful Kentmere valley. We are 2 miles from the thriving village of Staveley, along a quiet country road. The farm is 500 acres and we work closely with Natural England under a Higher Level Stewardship to deliver responsible, environmental farming for our animals and land.
We have a rare breed flock of White Faced Woodland sheep, some Swaledales, which are more common to Cumbria and some infamous Herdwicks, who we love but are expert escape artists. We also have hens and bantams.
Winter o n the farm
One of our pods welcomes one well behaved dog but would ask you to keep your dog on a lead in all fields or open ground with livestock. Even well natured dogs can 'lose control' when faced with running sheep. The consequences are very serious for our animals. Thank you for your consideration.
Banties on the farm
Our small herd of cows includes our beautiful Belted Galloways called Biba, Coco and Paco after the 60's fashion designers, along with our handsome Shorthorns. Both breeds are hardy and able to cope outside even in the depths of winter.
Other animals include three ponies, one of which is a Shetland pony called Shortie and a very friendly lurcher called Alfie.
A new adventure for our new arrivals
The River Kent is home to the White Claw Crayfish, which is a rare protected species. Otter also live on the Kent. The river is stocked with trout and salmon return each year to spawn. We have two fly fishing permits for the River Kent on our land. If you have a National River License (you can purchase one at the Beehive in the village) and a rod, please ask us for a permit and you are welcome to try your luck.
Banks of Wild Daffodils
Swallows arriving back each year in the valley marks the arrival of spring. You will see a wide range of birds, including Dippers and Wagtails along with regular sightings of Buzzards and Heron on the river. We also have a nesting pair of Barn Owls. You may see a flash of white sweeping across the fields at night and you will certainly hear their calls.
Two types of wild deer roam across our fields. If you are lucky, you will spot Red deer, generally on the higher land and Roe deer, who live in woodland nearby. Other wildlife includes rabbits, weasels, foxes and badgers and the occasional hare. You may be very lucky and spot rare red squirrels .
Enjoy the Wildlife
Environmental Work on the Farm
Packhorse bridge on the farm
We are proud to be part of a Higher Level Stewardship. We have reduced flock numbers to allow natural regeneration of heather and sedges in the upland, bringing an increase in wild flowers, including wild orchids, wildlife and bio-diversity throughout the farm. We have also been involved in a large scale native tree planting scheme, which will create areas of deciduous woodland in the long term as well as growing some magnificent parkland trees. It's early days, but we are really excited to be planting trees that will mature for the next generation and provide habitat for birds and animals.
With heavy rain fall, the River Kent can change quickly from a gentle flow to a torrential roar, so please take care. Our flood prevention scheme has created a flood plain on the far side of the river to reduce the speed of the water and help reduce flooding in Staveley and Kendal. We have also blocked up old drainage systems on higher ground to create sphagnum moss wetlands that will help hold the water.
The River Kent, down the farm track from the pods, is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). You are welcome to paddle there or play Pooh Sticks from the beautiful packhorse bridge. You will find White Claw Crayfish sheltering under the rocks. They are fun to find, but please don't take them away, as they are a rare and protected species. They can also give your toes a little nip with their claws so watch out!
Farming in Kentmere
Farming in Kentmere
Wool mills would have been dotted all the way along the River Kent to Staveley. The sheep on the fells provided the fleece that was washed and cleaned before being spun. The value of the sheep's wool would have provided an important income, covering the rent on many farms in the Lake District. The Mill Yard in Staveley made wooden bobbins for the spun wool up until the 1950's. Transported by packhorses to Kendal, the wool would be dyed and woven into cloth and
The deeds for the farm go back to 1674 and has been in the family since 1840. Sheep have been farmed here for centuries, originally for the wool trade that made Kendal a famous and wealthy wool town. The old sheep dip was originally sited by Capple Howe car park. Not an abundance of protective clothing was worn despite the potent chemicals being used! You can also find potash kilns on the farm, which were used to burn bracken for lye which was used to clean sheep fleece. With the advent of modern fabrics, the value of wool plummeted. Sheering is now done for animal well fare and doesn't cover the cost of the work.
Lowbrow is the original farmhouse and was built in the 1670's. The main house, part of which is the present day farmhouse as you enter Browfoot, was built in the 1800s. You can see the carved date board on the front. Don't be fooled by the arch windows in some of the farm buildings. There was never a chapel. A job lot of industrial factory windows were bought in the Victorian period. The Cowshed originally housed dairy cows up until the 1960's is now an art workshop for Creative courses and the present farm house was used as a dairy to process the milk.
then exported all over the country. There was also a booming hosiery trade with an average of 2,400 pairs of stockings passing through Kendal markets. Men, women and children were employed in the knitting industry and whole families would supplement their meagre farming incomes in this way. Cheap imports in the late 1800's brought a sharp decline in the textile industry.