Walks

Cistercian Way: www.ldwa.org.uk This is a 33 mile (53km) walk along the northern shores of Morecambe Bay between Grange-over-Sands and Roa Island near Barrow.

Cumbria Coastal Way: www.ldwa.org.uk This is a 182 mile (291km) route between Silverdale beside Morecambe Bay and Gretna near the Solway Firth.

The Cumbria Way: www.ldwa.org.uk / www.cumbriaway.org This 70 mile (112km) route takes you through Coniston, the Langdales, Borrowdale and Keswick as you head from Ulverston to Carlisle. 

Scout Scar, near Kendal.  Head west out of Kendal on the Underbarrow/Crosthwaite road and just under 2 miles (3.2km) later is the car park for the limestone ridge of Scout Scar. Cross the road, follow the sign and 10-15 minutes later you’ll reach The Mushroom, a four way shelter built in 1912. The underside of its roof points out all you can survey: the Yorkshire Dales, Blackpool Tower, the Howgill Fells, the Lyth Valley (just below) and the Lakeland fells. For the sheer range of views, it’s one of the best in Cumbria. 

For more views take the road towards Brigsteer from Kendal and about 3 miles (4.8km) out of town turn left along a narrow road to ‘Helsington Church and viewpoint’. Park outside the church and get the full 180 degree experience: the Kent Estuary, Arnside Knott, Morecambe Bay, the Lyth Valley and a whole cluster of Lakeland fells.

Whitbarrow. Thanks to its limestone pavements and the plants and wildlife that thrive on them, Whitbarrow is home to two national nature reserves, Howe Ridding Wood and the Hervey Memorial Reserve. There are a number of ways up, including the one from Beck Head, about 1 mile (1.6km) north of the A590 near Witherslack. Teas and coffees (and a small library) are available in an honesty barn at Beck Head called the Hiker’s Rest. On the western side of Whitbarrow are the limestone cliffs of Whitbarrow Scar. From the top at Lord’s Seat, beside the memorial to Canon GAK Hervey, founder of the Lake District Naturalists’ Trust (forerunner of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust), you’ll be lord of all you survey.

Into the Outside  (guided walks and much more), Kendal. 

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