The Helm.

Start. Oxenholme.

Route. Oxenholme - Old Hutton Road (B6254) - Station Inn - The Helm - Castlesteads Fort - Burton Road - Oxenholme.

Notes. The Helm a prominent hill rising above Oxenholme, it may only be 589ft above sea level but gifts the walker with fantastic views over miles of beautiful countryside. The ridge runs north/south, I live on it's western slopes, I can if I wish climb over my garden fence straight onto the hill it's self, my friends affectionately call it my back garden. The problem with this hill, easy access means it's nearly always busy, a dog walkers delight. We're supposed to be social distancing so this was an evening walk, just a short ramble as the sun went down.

We left home via Helmside Road, once at the railway station the B6254 guided us up hill as far as the Station Inn. Opposite the inn a single track lane cuts across the slopes of the hill we were about to climb, this we turned onto then almost immediately left, an unmistakable path, a green trod guided us up the hill.

Once on the summit ridge a dry stone wall guided us, a dry stone wall with a 360° panorama. We wandered slowly south, our aiming point Castlesteads Fort, originally a small Iron Age hill fort later adopted by the Romans, a number of shelves have been carved from the limestone, adorning the summit a bright white trig point.

We hung around watching the sun set before descending, a number of paths leave the summit our chosen route descended south before swinging north at a brightly coloured gorse thicket. The path deposited us on a bridleway next to a dry stone wall, a short walk followed to access Burton Road in view of Oxenholme and home. To be honest home's been on view for most of this short but delightful walk. Having no canine companion is probably the reason I hardly ever grace the hallowed turf of The Helm.

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The Old Hutton Road (B6254) leaves the Kent valley destination Kirkby Lonsdale, it guided us a few hundred yards up hill to the Station Inn and the slopes of The Helm.

Ascending The Helm looking to the distant Howgill Fells.

Benson Knott over Hayclose.

Stunning views over the rolling farmland of South Cumbria.

Sun set over the far western fells.

Sue soaks up the last rays of sunlight.

Views over Kendal, across the far horizon the Kentmere massif.

Over Natland and the Kent valley, the dark ridge of Scout Scar backed by the Coniston range.

Same view but taking in Caw, White Maiden and Walna Scar.

Viewing Morecambe Bay with Arnside Knott to the left.

Our route off the hill.

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