|Source||Hall Cove above Kentmere reservoir|
|Length||32 km (20 mi)|
|- average||8.94 m3/s (316 cu ft/s)|
|- minimum||0.47 m3/s (17 cu ft/s)24 August 1984|
|- maximum||441.0 m3/s (15,570 cu ft/s)8 January 2005|
|- average||3.74 m3/s (132 cu ft/s)|
|- left||Mint, Sprint, Bela|
|- right||Gowan, Gilpin, Winster|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
River Kent near its source in Kentmere
The River Kent is a short river in the county of Cumbria in England. The river originates in hills surrounding Kentmere, and flows for around 20 miles (32 km) into the north of Morecambe Bay. The Lake District National Park includes the upper reaches of the river within its boundaries.
The river passes through Kentmere, Staveley, Burneside, Kendal and Sedgwick. Near Sedgwick, the river passes through a rock gorge which produces a number of low waterfalls. This section is popular with kayakers as it offers high quality whitewater for several days after rain.
- Lingmell Gill (into Kentmere Reservoir)
- Skeel Gill and Bryant's Gill
- Ullstone Gill
- Nunnery Beck
- Kill Gill
- Hall Gill
- Park Beck
- Hall Beck
- River Gowan
- River Sprint
- River Mint
- River Gilpin
- River Bela
- River Winster
Near the source of the river is Kentmere Reservoir, which was constructed in the mid-19th century to control the flow of the river for the benefit of water mills. The river was used to power numerous mills in the past, including two at Staveley, Kentmere water mill, and also the James Cropper paper factory at Burneside. One of the weirs at Staveley produces electricity for Staveley Mill Yard via a micro hydro scheme. There is also scope for micro hydro upstream at Kentmere.
Fish species include salmon and trout. In the twentieth century fish ladders were constructed alongside the dams of mill-ponds to allow migratory fish to swim up to Kentmere. In 2013 DEFRA funding was announced for eel passes at Stramongate weir in Kendal and Basinghyll fish counter.
- "River Kent Info". Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- Stewart, Natalie (25 December 2009). "Community hydro power scheme planned for Lake District village". Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
- Tunningley, Alan (22 July 2010). ""Power to the people"". Westmorland Gazette.
- River Kent: site details, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
- Newsletter[permanent dead link] (Spring 2013). South Cumbria Rivers Trust