Whitbarrow Scar, Witherslack
Finding a fell free from crowds can be tricky and yet this small fell is largely ignored despite offering spectacular views across the Lake District. From the A590 take the turning for Witherslack (near the Meathop/ B5277 roundabout) and follow the road for a few miles until you see “Witherslack Hall” directly in front of you. Turn right and park considerately along the wide track. (NB As with any walk in the region appropriate equipment, clothing and an OS map are essential).
Follow the track and you’ll find a footpath leading directly to Whitbarrow Scar. Pause for a moment as you approach and you’ll be able to pick out the bands of limestone which make up this fell. As you near a small football pitch the path splits, my advice is to take the left fork and follow the track through the woods; after a mile or so you’ll find a clearly marked path to the right up onto the scar. The climb is short but steep and easy to follow and well worth it for the views.
As you emerge from the woods look for the stile over the wall to your left and follow the path to the cairns at the end. On a clear day you will be treated to a magnificent panorama of the Lakeland fells. The land is owned by Cumbria Wildlife Trust and is a haven for wild plants and animals; on our most recent visit we spotted several deer amongst the wild juniper bushes and an abundance of colourful fungi.
Before heading back down allow yourself time to wander across to the front of the scar for stunning views across the Kent Estuary and away down to Ingleborough and Blackpool Tower, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
This gem was kindly contributed by Beth Pipe from Grange-over-sands