Helsington Barrows and Sizergh Fell.

Start. Oxenholme.

Route. Oxenholme - Natland - Hawes Lane - River Kent - Scroggs Wood - Helsington Laithes - Brigsteer Road - Helsington Barrows - Scout Scar - Barrowfield Farm - Honeybee Wood - Crag Mollet - Parkend Lane - Brigsteer Park - Quaggs Road - Heaves Farm - Sizergh Fell - Sizergh - Nannypie Lane - Wilson Place Footbridge - Wilson Place - Larkrigg Hall Bridge - Sedgwick Road - Barrows Green - Oxenholme.

Notes. This was a stunning diverse walk not just including the limestone scars and flaked rock that litters Helsington Barrows, nor the limestone grassland, flowers and birds that can be found on Sizergh Fell. It also includes our usual dose of riverside rambling plus some stunning woodland walking, to cap it off the views were stunning, what more do you need.

As I have many times during lock down I made my way via Oxenholme Lane to Natland, from Natland Hawes Lane guided me to the banks of the River Kent, I left tarmac behind wandering north along the west bank. Through sheep pastures, gates and stiles aided my crossing of field boundaries, even with many stops to drink in the morning scenery I soon reached Scroggs Wood and a narrow tarmac lane.

A short walk up the lane through dappled light ejected me onto the main A6 into Kendal, I crossed to be met by a finger-post inviting me to Helsington Laithes, I obliged turning left at the first junction. The farm lane ushered me under the by-pass to a large foot-path sign, no going wrong here. Through freshly cut fields I climbed, hedge rows guided me towards Warriner's Wood and Brigsteer Road. I exited the fields onto Brigsteer Road, directly opposite a large gate allowed access to Helsington Barrows. This is a wild place, a limestone scar where flaked rock litters the landscape, the odd erratic boulder can be found, grass covered ant hills and scrub of gorse and hawthorn, mature yews and rare orchids.

I climbed on a good path, at a wall corner a faint trod took over safely guiding me to a large cairn marking a path junction. My route then descended under the Scout Scar cliffs to Barrowfield, a farm in an idyllic setting. Once at the farm a welcome finger-post greeted me promising passage to Brigsteer, I wandered south to be met by another, again Brigsteer but a foot note warned the farm lane was no right of way, I'd have to walk through Honeybee Wood. This was the start of a pleasant woodland stroll, the path ran through dappled light cast by mature trees, it ejected me back onto the lane not far from the road descending into Brigsteer. I turned down hill, a few yards later I stepped onto a bridleway emerging from my left.

This bridleway ushered me along a narrow tree covered lane, on reaching a yellow arrow and stile I left the lane, descended through fields to access Park Lane on the edge of Brigsteer. I wandered south to Park End Farm where I left the road descending cow pastures to access a field gate at the bottom south west corner of the field, I passed through said gate entering Brigsteer Park Wood. Once again I was walking through woodland, this time a gravel path under foot, the fields of Lyth Valley just visible through the tree cover to my right. When the path turned up hill I continued straight on, a rough trod then guided me to a gate, I passed through said gate exiting the wood onto stoney Quaggs Road.

Quaggs Road in turn guided me to a tarmac lane, I swung left immediately ascending a steep hill, at a crossroads I followed the road signed Kendal. Up hill continued as far as Heaves Farm, opposite the farm a stile allowed access to Sizergh Fell, I crossed onto the fell. With a good path under foot I traversed the fell top, passed some cairns and a hawthorn thicket, the apex of the fell, before descending to Sizergh and the tarmac of Nannypie Lane.

With Nannypie Lane under foot I continued my descent to the valley bottom and the banks of the River Kent. I turned up stream, a short stretch of road walking deposited me at Wilson Place Footbridge, after crossing I continued following the river up stream. Up stream ushered me into a narrow lane then away from the sound of the river, after traversing the next field I crossed the dry Lancaster Canal at Larkrigg Hall Bridge. Once on the the access drive to Larkrigg Hall I ignored the path to Cracalt opting to follow the drive to the Sedgwick Road, I then turned right letting the tarmac surface guide me between dry stone walls to the next road junction. The lane ascended between hedge rows it leads to Stainton, I know this because the road sign told me so, I also knew if I climbed the hill keeping left at the next junction the lane would guided me to Barrows Green, the start of a short road walk back to Oxenholme and home.

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Seen from the edge of Burton Road, Benson Knott.

Scout Scar as seen from Oxenholme Lane on the edge of Natland.

Rising above Kendal, tree topped Kendal Fell seen from Hawes Lane.

The River Kent, calm and tranquil on this stunning morning, it's hard to believe in spate this is the fastest flowing river in the British Isles.

Wonderful reflections at Scroggs.

Viewed from field paths above Helsington Laithes Farleton Fell.

Next on the bill, Helsington Barrows.

Great views over the Kent valley and The Helm to the Middleton and Barbon High Fells.

Trapped in time the huge eerie landscape of Helsington Barrows.

Above the Scout Scar cliffs enjoying staggering views to the giants of Lakeland.

I've climbed the gentle side of the hill, these sheer cliffs present an entirely different face, there's a way down somewhere.

Descending to Barrowfield and the woodland bordering Lyth Valley.

Above Barrowfield looking to Hodgson's Leap, there's a story but I'm not telling it today.

Barrowfield, a farm in an idyllic setting.

En route through the wild garlic and dappled light of Huneybee Wood.

Views over Lyth Valley from near Park End Farm.

The White Scar cliffs of Whitbarrow seen over the flat lands of Lyth Valley.

On Sizergh Fell viewing the curtain of fells that makes up the Whinfell ridge, the Lake District may be closed at the moment, we're still forced to walk from home but it's the journey that counts, this as been a cracker and, it's not over yet.

Age old mountains and familiar friends, the Langdale Pikes.

Impressive views from Sizergh Fell.

View taken from field paths at Larkrigg, I've been there Sizergh Fell.

The adventure's nearly over, from the Lancaster Canal views to Helsington Barrows and Scout Scar.

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