A Circuit from St John's Church, Helsington.

Start. St Johns's Church.

Route. St John's Church - Brigsteer Road - Barnbarrow Scar - Barrowfield - Honeybee Wood - Crag Mollet - Brigsteer Road - Parkend Lane - Park End Farm - Brigsteer Park - Sizergh Park - St John's Church.

Notes. This short circular walk turned out to be a gem, spectacular from the off. We stepped from the car into stunning views, breathtaking scenery lay before us, limestone grassland, scrub land, spectacular cliffs and some pleasant woodland walking, not a leg burner just a pleasant stroll.

The Church of St John marked our starting point, our route ran north back along the tarmac access road, we soon found ourselves entering the limestone scrub and grassland of Helsington Barrows. Above Burnbarrow Scar we wandered followed by the southern end of Scout Scar, on reaching a path junction we descended into the gorse and mixed woodland of Barrowfield Wood, emerging from the tree cover into sheep pastures above Barrowfield Farm.

We wandered passed the farm buildings to be greeted by a finger-post promising passage to Brigsteer, this we followed, first along the farm access road then into Honeybee Wood, a bee reserve. Woodland paths eventually guided us back onto the farm access road, under the cliffs and scree of Burnbarrow Scar we wandered, through the woodland above Mollet Scar before the lane spat us out onto Brigsteer Road at a hair pin bend where the road makes a steep descent to the village. We descended before almost immediately joining a bridleway on the left, this narrow track ushered us through more woodland before depositing us at a stile, we crossed said stile immediately descending through small paddocks to access Parkend Lane on the outskirts of Brigsteer, we turned left, away from the village.

With Parkend Lane under foot we wandered on to Park End Farm, on the opposite side of the road to the farm a finger-post promised passage to Brigsteer Park, this path descended diagonally through sheep pastures to access Brigsteer Park via a field gate. A stunning stretch of woodland walking followed, good paths through mature woodland, when we exited the woods it was opposite the west entrance to Sizergh Park. After passing through a rather large ornate gate and a considerably smaller one to the left, way marked paths guided us uphill through this airy park. Another field gate allowed access to a small pasture, we exited this field onto the rough drive leading to Holeslack Farm, but north just in site the tiny Church of St John and the patiently waiting car.

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Shot taken from the parked car.

Ascending through the extraordinary landscape of Helsington.

There are wonderful views to be had from this shattered, weather warn landscape, Morecambe Bay through the mouth of Lyth Valley.

Looking back over Windy How to Sizergh Fell from the path above Burnbarrow Scar.

Amazing views such as this over Lyth Valley welcome the lucky rambler from this well walked path above Burnbarrow Scar.

Under leaden skies the mountains of the Lake District.

The dramatic rock architecture of Scout Scar.

Sunlight on Honeybee Wood.

The magnificent cliffs of Scout Scar seen from the start of the descent to Barrowfield.

Barrowfield sits in an Idyllic setting between transient woodland and the enduring limestone escarpment of Scout Scar.

En route through Honeybee Wood.

The high skyline of limestone cliffs where Scout Scar plunges into the woodland and sheep pastures of Lyth Valley.

One of a number of paddocks passed through on our descent to Parkend Lane.

Park End Farm backed by Burnbarrow Scar.

To the west, Whitbarrow looms above Lyth Valley.

Stunning conditions rambling through Brigsteer Park.

The Helm as seen from Sizergh Park.

View taken over Lyth Valley to the northern end of Whitbarrow, top right the grey hills of the Coniston massif.

Seen from the parked car, dark against a bright sky Whitbarrow.

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