Above the Kendal Scars.

Start. Queens Road.

Route. Queens Road - Serpentine Wood - Kendal Fell - Rifle Range - Cunswick Fell - Underbarrow Road - Scout Scar - Hodgson's Leap - Helsington Barrows - Bradleyfield - Kendal Race Course - Brigsteer Road - Queens Road.

Notes. “This must surley be one of the finest viewpoints in England, for you see at least 120 hills and mountains in the Lake District, Yorkshire and Lancashire”. The words of the late Harry Griffin aptly describe the view from the summit of Scout Scar. An easy walk this, through a landscape borne at the bottom of a tropical ocean 330 million years ago, thrust upwards by land movement, scarred by ice, sculptured by wind and rain. Come join us on a wander in woodland, through pastoral land, across scars above limestone cliffs once washed by the sea, our high point the summit of Scout Scar is just 765ft above sea level, as we started on the 313ft contour there isn't a great deal of ascent. I've got Sue for company, so come along we'll be back in time for dinner.

Our day started in Serpentine Woods wandering the many paths that criss-cross this woodland, we passed a Victorian summer house before exiting the woods at the northern edge. Our route followed way-marked paths over Kendal Golf Course, a splendid foot bridge carried us safely across the by-pass, the path then guided us through what is locally known as the Rifle Range before depositing us at the limestone cairn marking the summit of Cunswick Fell. Half way across the Rifle Range I heard my name carrying on the wind, turning round a tiny figure with dog was jogging across the field, we were about to be joined by my daughter Kirsten and one misunderstood dog, Marley. Marley's a bitch but nobody could think of a name for her so they called her after Bob, she's been resentful ever since.

Our growing party then wandered south above Cunswick Scar, across Underbarrow Road then onto Scout Scar. Passed the mushroom we wandered, above Hodgson's Leap and on to a dry stone wall and trig point. All the way the dog was uncharacteristically good, rather unnerving, I was waiting for the mad half hour that never came. We turned east at the trig point, the dry stone wall guided us to the main path across Helsington Barrows, turning left we passed through a metal kissing gate allowing access to Bradleyfield, then another onto Kendal Race Course, a short walk over this long disused race course saw us squeeze through a narrow stile onto Brigsteer Road, next to the stile an old mile stone announced it was only a mile to Kendal.

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Lets start the day with a snippet of useless information. We're wandering through Serpentine Woods, a popular place with locals, the mature woodland was planted in 1790 when the land took on it's present name, originally christened by our Norse forefathers Dob Frear, Scandinavian for Free Land. this is the summer house dating back to 1833.

Free of the tree cover with views over Kendal and the Kent valley.

Benson Knott.

Crossing Kendal Fell above Kettlewell Crag looking to Potter Fell and the Kentmere massif.

Here's trouble, Kirsten and Marley, Marley's the one with four legs.

Near the summit of Cunswick Fell looking to Kendal Fell.

Viewing the bulk of High Street from the summit of Cunswick Fell.

Seen over the Kent valley, Benson Knott backed by the Howgill Fells.

Rising from the pastoral lands of Lyth Valley, Lord's Lot backed the grey silhouette of the Langdale Pikes.

Wonderful views from the ascent of Scout Scar, let Scar Wood guide the eye to Cunswick Scar.

The timeless beauty of Lyth Valley.

From the edge of the Scout Scar plateau stunning views across Lyth Valley to the cliffs and limestone scars of Whitbarrow.

Adorning the summit of Scout Scar, the mushroom, built to commemorate the coronation of King George V in 1912.

Mother, Daughter and the dog, with a super view to Arnside Knott.

North along the Scout Scar plateau.

Kendal Fell with the Whinfell ridge reaching across the skyline.

View taken over Helsingtom Barrows.

We started with a snippet of useless information, so lets finish with another, approaching Kendal Race Course, doesn't look much dose it. This mile race course was created by subscription with money raised by wealthy locals, the first race meeting was held on the 7th August 1822, in 1891 it saw life as a golf course, ran as Kendal Race Course Golf Club later to move to it's present location on Kendal Fell, 1922/23 saw trotting meetings before the ground was abandoned to the humble sheep.

And finally, that would normally be a mile to the town centre, as we're not parked in the town centre we only have half a mile to walk.

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