Over Reston Scar.

Start. Staveley (Church View).

Route. Church View - Barley Bridge - Reston Scar - Black Crag - Kentmere Road - Barley Bridge - Church View.

Notes. Work commitments forced me into a late start this morning, with a limited amount of time available I opted for a short walk over Reston Scar, it may be low at just 837ft but the views to the north and south are quite stunning. Something else that just occurred to me, for anyone driving north into the Lake District along the A591 it's the first chunk of Lakeland rock to welcome you to this unforgettable corner of Great Britain, this alone should warrant a ramble over it's grassy summit.

I parked the car on Church View the small car park at Barley Bridge was full, opposite the said bridge a finger-post points north up the hill, this I followed ascending between dry stone walls before stepping onto a farm track. Turning right I continued uphill until reaching a wall and gate, a yellow arrow points through the gate, I ignored this to pass through a dear gate to the left, this allowed access to a narrow green trod on the left side of the fence line, the views are far better from this narrow but safe path above the scars. Ignoring the first stile I favoured the second to gain access to the summit.

From the summit cairn my route was simple, pass through the field gate to access a good path that carried me through newly planted woodland before ascending the highest point on the fell, following the wall north I reached then passed through a gate into the field containing the rock summit of Black Crag. After a brief rest soaking up the views I made my descent. The good path soon turned into a concrete drive before I stepped onto the Kentmere Road, all that remained was the short walk over tarmac passing Barley Bridge to reach the car.

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Seen from above the weir at Barley Bridge, the Brunt Knott skyline.

Looking to Craggy Plantation from the narrow green lane that guides me onto the hill.

On a cloudless afternoon views to Brunt Knott across the Kent Valley.

From further up the hill, one of the many summits of Potter Fell, to the left Brunt Knott.

Heading up Reston Scar looking south to Kendal Fell and the limestone escarpments of Scout Scar and Cunswick Scar.

Across the divide of the Kent Valley, Benson Knott blue/grey rising above Kendal , if you squint you can just make out the Middleton and Barbon Fells on a hazy horizon.

I'm walking on the cliff side of the fence, a path also runs through the field on the left but you don't get this view from it, Potter Fell seen over Craggy Plantation with the Howgill Fells just visible top right.

Over the next rise, views across the valley of the River Gowan, the Coniston massif on a hazy skyline, Claife Heights dark rising from the western shore of Windermere Lake with the grassy mound of Banner Rigg to the right.

The summit Reston Scar.

The A591 snakes it's way through south Lakeland, a conveyer to some of the best fell country in the British Isles, next time you're heading north for a weeks wandering allow an extra hour and don't pass this top by.

Black Crag as seen from the summit of Reston Scar.

Looking to Brunt Knott from the summit.

An imposing looking Red Screes rises above Moor Head between the slopes of Sour Howes and Sallows, with the summit of Hugill Fell adorned by the Williamson's Monument in the foreground.

The summit cairn on Black Crag.

From Black Crag a wonderful view to the south....

.... to the north, the head of Kentmere.

Descending Black Crag viewing Brunt Knott over Scroggs Wood.

Barley Bridge seen from above the weir.

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