There’s nothing like a good dog walk to prepare the stomach and mind for a good pub lunch. Wellies & Wine is all about a taste of the good life but sometimes you’ve got to earn that wholesome Sunday lunch with a good hike up the fellside on a glorious day! As the sun was shining with gay abandon over the weekend just gone, myself and Mr Welly donned our wellies and headed out to Scout Scar, South Lakes little-known fell.
To the west of Kendal, dog walkers can enjoy a quieter amble up the limestone crags of Scout Scar which lies on the south-easterly edge of the Lake District. Popular with locals and tourists seeking less busy routes within the National Park, this little-known hike across the rocky outcrops of the Scar offers dramatic views across the Lyth Valley, southern fells and beyond. An invigorating walk and perfect for dog walkers. Not only is it mostly off-lead but the unusually arid landscape makes for a mud-free (ish!) walk across stony paths.
Getting there by car
Driving from Kendal along Brigsteer road, cross over the A591 and find parking spaces directly on the left of the white signpost indicating the right of way towards Scout Scar.
After a 5 to 10 minute amble across a flat field (beware of sheep at lambing time!) make your way through a metal kissing gate and begin your ascent upwards through Bradley Field. This area is a natural habitat for low-level nesting birds in spring and signs will politely request that you keep your dogs on a short lead.
Before too long you reach another kissing gate which takes you into open countryside. Start your gradual ascent along a well-worn rocky path surrounded by sparse shrubs and scrubland.
The path will get a little steeper until eventually it drops down slightly to meet with a large cairn (human-made pile of stones).
Your hike upwards is rewarded with stunning views across the Lakeland Fells and out towards the seaside town of Grange and beyond. At this point keep unruly dogs on leads as the landscape drops dramatically away before you in keeping with it’s ‘scar’ namesake…
Turn right and follow the grassy track which now ascends more gently, running parallel to the precipitous cliffside and views across the Lyth Valley.
Within 15 minutes or so you will approach an old mushroom shelter on your right. Built in 1912 to commemorate the Coronation of King George V, the shelter offers walkers respite from the inclement Cumbrian weather. This is your half-way point so take a break, enjoy the view and get your bearings from
Turning back on yourself with the shelter behind you, veer towards the left away from the scar edge and you soon pick up the track which leads diagonally back across the summit. Before too long the path leads downwards towards another metal kissing gate. Go through the gate and continue downwards along an easy path which eventually runs parallel with a stone wall on your left. Keep descending until the path widens and you reach another metal kissing gate which leads back out on to the flat sheep field you started out on.
Cross the field directly in front of you, following the worn grassy path past the farmhouse on your left. Keep walking and veer right along the track until it brings you to a large cattle grid and small stile with a gate to its right. Climb up over the stile back on to the Brigsteer Road and turn right until you reach the beginning of the walk and the layby on your left.
Now it is most definitely time for some roast beef with Yorkshire puddings!