The village of Staveley is situated a few miles to the north west of Kendal and at the entrance to the Kentmere Valley, one of the finest walkers and mountain bikers' territory to be found in England. The relatively gentle scarps of Reston Scar, Spy Crag and Lily Fell overlook Staveley and mark the beginning of an additional chain of hills known as the Kentmere Round. Many regular visitors will have already walked the Kentmere Horseshoe and mountain-bikers will have tackled the testing Kentmere to Longsleddale “Green Road”.
Staveley is well positioned just off the busy A591 bypass with the added benefits of a neat well-kept railway station on the Oxenholme to Windermere branch line and a bus service operating from Abbey Square to Windermere and Keswick and to Kendal and Lancaster. The station is a “request stop” and passengers are advised that only one set of doors in the centre of the train will be opened by the conductor and so to position themselves in the correct area of the platform and give clear hand signals to the driver. There is no ticket office on the station and tickets must be purchased from the conductor. The journey time to Windermere is 6 minutes, and 8 minutes to Kendal.