No matter how short or long your walk, no matter the elevation or metres of ascent, actually getting out enjoying and appreciating the great outdoors is one of the best things you can do for your general health and well-being.
This short walk took me to the outlying fells of the Lake District. I had heard from several people that the highest peaks of the Lakes had their first snow and I wanted to see it, but from a distance. I wanted to see the first signs of a snow line running along the recognisable shapes of the ridges and peaks of Scafell, Consiton and The Langdales from a far. People who know me well, know that I absolutely LOVE the snow, ice and all things frosty.
We headed to the outskirts of Kendal and parked up in a small, free car-park just off Underbarrow Road and headed across the road towards the Scout Scar path, through the kissing gate and up the hill. This is a short climb, but once at the top you are rewarded with spectacular views. The visibility, unfortunately, wasn’t great on this day, so I didn’t get to see the clearly defined snow line but I can imagine that it is enough to blow your mind on one of those beautiful, sunshiny, frosty mornings.
Scout Scar is a Limestone shelf that gradually rises for about a couple of miles before an amazing sheer drop to the beautiful Barrowfield Woods and across to the stunning plains of the Lyth Valley with it’s dry stone walls and rolling pastures. We were walking along the edge of the shelf towards Helsington and Brigsteer taking in the sights and sounds of the striking scenery surrounding us.
One interesting feature of this walk is the Scout Scar Shelter. It was built in 1912 as a memorial to King George V and displays a view finder of the fells that you can see before you. This is the highest point of Scout Scar and offers panoramic 360 views – well worth a visit. Carrying on across the edge of the Scar, don’t forget to look back and admire the impressive vista of the contouring landscape.
This walk can be extended or shortened however you like. Wainwright’s walk suggests walking from Kendal Town Hall (7.5 miles) but there are plenty of footpaths and even though it is not well signposted, there are plenty of reference points using your map or GPS.
We did a loop heading towards Brigsteer and Helsington Barrows and back towards the trig point via a pure limestone pavement. The limestone path looks as though it has been a terrific playground for adults and children, with dens and shelters made out of the limestone chunks and several stone balancing attempts that have obviously beat the weather!
This short walk was about five miles with an elevation gain of 413 ft and took about 2 hrs and 40 mins including a stop for lunch and several photos. It’s not a massive hike, but could be made into a longer walk taking in Cunswick Scar too. The views and the geology are amazing, as is the flora and fauna. I recommend this walk to anyone, but especially to all the die-hard fell walkers who want to look across the valley at all the peaks they have conquered! I will definitely be returning here.