Historically Staveley was in the county of Westmorland. In 1974 Staveley became part of the metropolitan county of Cumbria. This scenic village is in a strategic location at the confluence of the rivers Kent and Gowan at the mouth of the Kentmere valley.

There are three beautiful hills that overlook and adorn the village. To the northern side is Reston Scar on which most of the village of Staveley is built. To the north eastern side is Piked Howe (known as Craggy Wood to the locals). To the southern side is Lily Fell in the direction of the village of Crook (opposite side of A591 bypass). Both Reston Scar and Piked Howe are on either side and open into the Kentmere valley. They mark the start of a very large horseshoe chain of hills and hillocks popularly known as the Kentmere Round.

Ings is a nearby village which is mostly a small settlement and it shares schools and parish minister with Staveley. To the south of the village is Crook and to the north Kentmere which can be accessed only by passing through the centre of Staveley village. Because of this both Kentmere and Staveley villages have had a close relationship by means of trade and lifestyle. In the recent years another village has had a close relationship with Staveley. It is Burneside which is the next stop on the eastern train line on the way to Kendal. The availability of connectivity by means of the train line ensured that a lot of trade and industry passed through these two villages. This helped the villages grow in status and they flourished alongside and increased contact with each other.

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