Whitbarrow from Mill Side.

Start. Mill Side.

Route. Mill Side - Beck Head - Whitbarrow - Harvey Nature Reserve - Buckhouse Wood - Mill Side.

Notes. What a difference a day makes, yesterday saw me wandering through the mist in Yewdale, today brilliant sunshine on Whitbarrow, and I've got company, Kirsten's in hot pursuit. At her request it was, "not too far, not too high, somewhere with good views, limestone pavements are good, how about some grassland and woodland", it all spelt out Whitbarrow Scar.

We left the car at Mill Side to follow the tarmac lane to Beck Head. After passing through Beck Head the lane turned into a rough track. Following the track through fields we soon reached another tarmac lane, we turned right to stroll up the hill. On reaching the entrance to Witherslack Hall a finger post pointed the way. Through fields and woodland, ascending steep limestone cliffs over paths honed out of the cliff face, we were soon standing on Lord's Seat, here a splendid cairn and outstanding views let us know this was the summit.

After a quick brew we followed the path south, wandering through the spectacular limestone scenery of the Harvey Nature Reserve, above Whitbarrow Scar and the massive cliffs of Chapel Head Scar before descending through Buckhouse Wood to be deposited on the old coach road.This ancient track ran from Levens to Witherslack hugging the high ground, all the land for two miles south used to be under water at high tide, for us it was a short stroll over it's ancient surface back to Mill Side.

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Near Beck Head looking to Whitbarrow Scar above Low Crag Wood.

Testament to the caring residents of Beck Head, it was the only duck we saw.

The white washed cottages at Beck Head with the massive cliffs of Whitbarrow rising behind.

To the west the woods of Hell Moss hide the summit of Yewbarrow.

Chapel Head Scar looms above the fields and woodland of the Winster Valley, believe it or not our ascent route was up the cliffs to the left.

The impressive limestone cliffs of Chapel Head Scar.

Ascending the cliff path on a route cut from the cliff face to accommodate Victorian fell trekking ponies, a gap in the trees allows breathtaking views over the Vale of Winster, breathtaking because I've had to stop for a breather.

Kirsten looking calm and composed with not a bead of sweat in sight.

Seen from near the summit of Whitbarrow the Newton Fells over Yewbarrow.

A hazy view to the south taking in the Winster Valley with Arnside Knott across Morecambe Bay.

A stunning panorama from the summit of Whitbarrow Scar, looking to the Coniston massif.

Viewing the Howgill Fells across Lyth Valley and Scout Scar.

Walkers soak up the views from Lord's Seat.

Above Chapel Head Scar with incomparable views to Gummer's How and Birch Fell.

The magical view to the west, Yewbarrow and the Newton Fell, look closely a bank of cloud can be seen rolling in from Morecambe Bay.

Looking to Lord's Seat above the massive limestone cliffs of Chapel Head Scar.

Gummer's How seen across the Winster Valley, with Witherslack Hall rising from the trees.

A bank of cloud rolls in on the rising tide.

We're about to start our descent, as we descended the bank of cloud overtook us.

A quick look back before the views disappear.

Between dry stone walls swathed in ivy on a narrow tarmac lane we descended to Mill Side.

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