Scout Scar and Sizergh from Natland.

Start. Natland.

Route. Natland - Cracult House - Larkrigg - Wilson Place - Nannypie Lane - Sizergh - Sizergh Castle - Holeslack Farm - Helsingtom Church - Brigsteer Road - Helsington Barrows - Scout Scar - Brigsteer Road - Lane Head - helsington laithrs - Scroggs - Hawes Bridge - Natland.

Notes. Today with better weather forecast for late afternoon I made my way to Natland to begin an almost ten mile walk through the pastoral land of the Kent Valley, following the River Kent south before passing through the grounds of Sizergh Castle en route to Scout Scar, my descent would be via Helsington Laithes to Scroggs, where I would again wander south along the banks of the river, I'd say goodbye to the river at Hawes Bridge to make my way east along Hawes Lane back to Natland.

I left the car at Natland, my route took me past the Garden Center before entering a lane on the right, via field paths and green lanes I soon found myself crossing the footbridge at Wilson Place, left along a tarmac lane to enter Nannypie Lane. It was time to leave the valley behind, for the time being, the steady climb up Nannypie Lane took me under the A591 to the right of the Strickland Arms to enter a footpath on the right, initially ascending to the west before swinging north to reach Sizergh Castle by the tradesman's entrance. I continued north on field paths and lanes ascending past Rash Spring and Holeslack Farm en route to Helsington Church, the church greeted me with stunning views across Lyth Valley, Arnside to the south, the Langdale skyline in the north and a litany of hills in between. I followed the lane, crossed Brigsteer Road to start the ascent of Scout Scar. Following the edge of the scar for 11/4 miles to reach a wall and trig point, here I descend to the east eventually reaching Brigsteer Road where I headed north towards Kendal, after a few minutes a fingerpost next to a bungalow directed me down the fields passing Lane Head Farm and Helsington Laithes before crossing a busy road to enter Scroggs Wood. The short walk through Scroggs Wood saw me back on the banks of the River Kent south bound en route to Hawes Bridge, I crossed the bridge to start the short walk over the tarmac of Hawes Lane straight back into Natland and the waiting car.

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Spanning the River Kent the footbridge at Wilson Place.

Ascending the fields behind the Strickland Arms looking east over the Kent Valley.

Approaching Sizergh Castle, home to the Strickland family for the past 750 years.

Seen across Lyth Valley the Langdale Pikes.

St John's Church dates back to 1726, restored in 1898 and 1910, just visible behind the church is the old school house.

How many churches can boast views like this, under cloud the Coniston Fells.

Looking to the start of the Scout Scar plateau.

The reclaimed land of Lyth Valley carries the eye to the Kent Estuary backed by the Silverdale Peninsula, with Whitbarrow Scar to the right.

Levens Wood and village.

Views across the Scout Scar plateau.

Under dark skies the brooding hills of Lakeland.

Looking at this view you can understand why Wainwright christened the Howgill Fells a herd of sleeping elephants.

The trig point on Scout Scar.

The trig point on Scout Scar provides a fine viewpoint, the Howgill Fell over the Kent Valley.

From the trig point views to the Mushroom.

In shadow the Whinfell Ridge, I'll have to have a wander up there it's somewhere I've never been.

On a personal note here is a shot of Oxenholme and Natland backed by The Helm, you can see my house from here, if you know where to look.

Further up the valley Kendal ("the Old Grey Town") gateway to the lakes.

A spectacular storm sweeps in across Morecambe Bay, anyone on Farleton Fell's about to get a good soaking.

Approaching Natland looking back to the distant drama of Scout Scar.

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