Whitbarrow Scar

The weather not being very promising on the day, and for the foreseeable future, this low-level walk was chosen in order to have at least some sort of outing while the going was good.  Whitbarrow is the distinctive rocky limestone prominence seen on the right when driving along the main road to Barrow, near the turn to the Lyth Valley

The ascent was from the village of Millside on the eastern side, up to the splendid viewing point of Mill Scar.   From there it was a simple walk north across the 2.5 miles/4 kms. of the summit plateau to its highest point, Lord's Seat.  Throughout this section there were fine, airy views in all directions, as well as of the impressive natural limestone 'walls' that run north-south along the ridge.  Descent was from Lord's Seat down to and then along by the base of the eastern side of the fell, parts of which were reminiscent of the scenery around Malham Cove in Yorkshire (another great limestone 'scar', of course, though much larger and considerably more impressive, especially its Gordale section).

The walk ended with a stroll around the attractions of Millside, which include a self-service walkers' refreshment refuge, run on a 'honesty box' basis, an informative plaque about the area, and the beautifully restored waterwheel of the former mill. 

Definitely a more modest walk in terms of height and distance than many, but no less rewarding for that!  And as I have subsequently discovered, Wainwright, in his 'Outlying Fells of Lakeland', describes it as 'the most beautiful in this book' - high praise indeed!

(Distance:  5.25 miles/ 8.5 km;  highest point (Lord's Seat):  706 ft./ 215 m;  total ascent:  1,010 ft./ 308 m)

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