Saturday 23rd. February 2013 - 'Scars Galore'


The walk started from a small car park just below White Scar and near Gilpin Bridge, at the bottom of the Lythe valley. From there we climbed steadily up a series of limestone slabs, with White Scar towering above us, and up onto the southern end of Whitbarrow Scar. With fine views all round, we made our way along almost the full length of the broad ridge, past Lord's Seat, before turning east and down for a coffee break on the hillside above The Row.



Our route then took us through the farmyards at Fell Side and Esp Ford and up to the church at Crosthwaite. After a short stretch of road, we headed through fields to Underbarrow, admiring snowdrops and crocuses in gardens on the way.



As we took a slightly belated lunch on Cunswick Scar, we looked over to the snow covered Lake District fells, which kept being hidden by flurries of snow passing over from the east. Duly refreshed we then followed the ridge south and along to the 'mushroom' shelter on Scout Scar. After taking in the view, we continued along the Scar, past the attractive little church at Helsington and down into Levens Village. The walk on the quiet road back to our cars was brightened up by meeting a few old friends coming in the opposite direction.


The distance of the walk was almost 17 miles. The weather was mainly dull but dry and conditions underfoot very good for the time of year.


Thanks Stan