Whitbarrow and Yewbarrow.

Start. Mill Side.

Route. Mill Side - Buckhouse Wood - Harvey Nature Reserve - Whitbarrow Scar - Lord's Seat - High Crag Wood - Witherslack Hall Farm - Lawns Houses - Yewbarrow - Church Wood - Witherslack - Town End - Mill Side.

Notes. After my exploits in the snow and ice yesterday I decided something a little less exerting was called for today, I scanned the map along the edge of Morecambe Bay and out jumped a rather insignificant green mound surrounded by woodland, Yewbarrow, never been there, it has a rocky top, it might be worth a visit, my mind made up I would incorporate it with a wander above the scars of Whitbarrow.

I parked at Mill Side to head north into the village turning right at the first junction, I soon found myself on the original turnpike running from Beathwaite Green (Levens) to the Black Bull in Witherslack built around 1817, this track clings to the steep slopes of Whitbarrow Scar as the land to the south would have been under water at high tide. I soon reached a finger post directing me up the face of the Scar, zigzagging through mixed woodland I soon reached the plateau above the scars, a brief rest to soak up the views before heading north through this fascinating landscape, mixed woodland, grassland and limestone pavements all add up to make this a very special place. I cross a wall to enter the Harvey Nature Reserve, in no time at all I find myself on Lord's Seat the summit. I descend to the west on a good path straight over the edge of the scar, it's steep but safe. I'm soon on the road near Witherslack Hall, at the top of the hill a bridleway heads to Knott Wood and Halecat, I follow it keeping left at the junction to pass Lawns House en route to Yewbarrow, don't pass it by, take a walk to the summit the views will surprise you. After visiting the summit I carry on south to enter another wood, I'm now on the long descent to Church Road. I expected the day to end on a bit of an anticlimax, one and a half miles of road walking, meandering through the lanes of Witherslack to reach Mill Side, it was a pleasant change, I quite enjoyed it.

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Above Low Fell End with views across Foulshaw Moss to Haverbrack above Sandside.

Above the tree line gifted with views across the Kent Estuary.

And to the east under a little snow the Howgill Fells.

The endless view to Ingleborough from the upper slopes of Whitbarrow Scar.

The stunning view to the south taking in the Silverdale, Arnside coast.

On the plateau above the scars, looking to Lord's Seat backed by the snow capped hills of the English Lake District.

Above Chapel Head Scar looking to Witherslack Hall.

Views across the pastures of Witherslack, on the skyline Barrow Hollin and the Newton Fells, taking centre stage Yewbarrow.

Stretching to the south carrying the eye to Morecambe Bay the Winster Valley.

Heading up to Lord's Seat with impressive views to the limestone pavements and scars, in the distance Scout Scar backed by the Howgill

Lord's Seat the summit of Whitbarrow Scar.

Big skies and endless views from Lord's Seat.

In the other direction seen across the Winster Valley the snow capped hills above Coniston.

Arnside Knott seen from above Chapel Head Scar.

After about forty five minutes walking through mixed woodland and the odd field I arrive at the summit of Yewbarrow.

From this insignificant mound on the map (I eat my words) views to Whitbarrow Scar....

the distant hills of South Lakeland....

the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay with Ingleborough rising in the gap twenty miles distance as the crow flies.....

the best view to be had of the Chapel Head Scar face of Whitbarrow Scar....

across the Kent Channel to Sandside and Arnside.

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