Above the Lyth and Kent Valleys.

Start. Serpentine Wood Car Park.

Route. Serpentine Wood Car Park - Kendal Fell - Cunswick Scar - Underbarrow Road - Scout Scar - Brigsteer Road - High Tenterfell - Serpentine Road - Serpentine Wood Car Park.

Notes. I hadn't got much time to spare this afternoon but it was too nice a day to ignore. I made the short drive across town to Serpentine Woods, to make the ascent of Cunswick and Scout Scars hopefully enjoy some wonderful views across the Kent and Lyth Valleys.

My afternoon started wandering along the Tram Heights, once a tramway used to carry stone from the quarries under Kettlewell Crag now a fine footpath, just before the crag a path rose onto Kendal Fell. I ascended on the way marked path crossing the Golf Course to access a footbridge which allows safe passage over Kendal Bypass, from the bridge it was a short walk through fields to the fine cairn marking the summit of Cunswick Scar. My route then turned south, following the line of the scar heading to an obvious landmark, an unsightly radio mast, the mast stands on the edge of the Scout Scar Car Park, from where I made the short ascent onto the Scout Scar plateau.

I idly wandered along the edge of the scar ignoring the Mushroom, my sights set firmly on the dry stone wall and trig point in the distance. From the trig point I made my descent east, following the limestone wall before a kissing gate allowed access to Bradleyfield, then on to Kendal Race Course, which I crossed to access Brigsteer Road. My day ended with a short walk back over tarmac.

view route map.


Ascending the Tram Heights with a stunning view over Kendal and it's castle, birth place in 1512 of Katherine Parr, sixth wife of HenryVIII.

Seen over Kendal the rolling summits and inviting grassy ridges of the Howgill Fells.

Cunswick Scar may not be very high but you certainly get a good view from it's 679ft summit, the Langdale Pikes seen over upper Lyth Valley.

To the southwest the limestone plateau of Whitbarrow.

Still on the summit of Cunswick Scar, with a wonderful panorama of the Coniston massif.

Stretching across the horizon the Middleton and Barbon High Fells.

Looking back to the summit of Cunswick Scar.

Heading up Scout Scar with a stunning view to Cunswick Scar.

On the easy ascent of Scout Scar with a fine view to the Whinfell ridge for company.

How's this for a view, an abundance of hills closing the head of the Kentmere valley.

A magical view across Lyth Valley taking in Whitbarrow and Arnside Knott.

The timeless view across Lyth Valley, looking to a crown of Lakeland giants.

Above Hodgson's Leap named after the man himself rode his horse over the edge, his ghost is said to still haunt the place, nobody's ever seen the horse though.

Looking to the Mushroom, (the shelter with a domed roof) built in 1912 to commemorate the coronation of King GeorgeV.

This small corner of South Lakeland can be a truly magical place especially on a day like today, with views like this it's easy to see why.

Rising from the sands of upper Morecambe Bay, in golden light Arnside Knott.

The trig point, unfortunately this marks the start of my descent.

Rising above Kendal Benson Knott, backed by the Howgill Fells.

The Whinfell Ridge seen over Serpentine Woods.

On the path through Bradleyfield, looking to Benson Knott.

back to top

back to list