Kendal
To get great views it is not necessary to climb great big hills. Take Cunswick Fell and Scout Scar whose heights added together would be the equivalent of a modest Lakeland Fell like Gibson Knott and yet with not too much effort give the walker a tremendous prospect of the highest mountains of England.

Start. Small car park on the Tarn, off Queen's Road, Kendal LA9 4PE

 

 

Distance: 6 ½ miles 8.5 k

Time: 2½ - 3½ hours
 

Grade: Moderate. Mainly easy walking but with two ascents.

Map: OS OL7 The English Lakes South eastern area

 

 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press

Directions:

1. From the car park keep ahead through a gate on a broad tarmac path

 

that soon downgrades itself to a track but compensates with magnificence views over "the auld Grey Town". After a wooden gate the track divides.

 

Take the left fork climbing Kendal Fell to reach the edge of Kendal Golf course. Last year the club celebrated 125 years of history.Harry Griffen described it has having "…the most magnificent and extensive view of any club in England."

 

The way is to bear right following a wall

 

that leads towards a corner. Through a gate follow the wall at first on the left

 

and then on the right across two fields to a kissing gate leading onto a footbridge across the A591.

 

On the far side after a gate to the right keep ahead

 

heading towards a wall below Cunswick Fell. Once through the wall continue on a broad grassy path to reach the summit of Cunswick Fell denoted by a pile of stones.

 

2. This is a magnificent platform for appreciating the…magnificence of the Lakeland Fells. If you are familiar with then you'll have fun picking them out. Slightly north of west is the Coniston Range before 1974 the highest fells of Lancashire. Arcing round the highest fells in England are next - the Scafell Pikes, next comes Crinkle Crags and Bowfell followed by the distinctive peaks of the Langdale Pikes. Sweeping past the Fairfield Range and then the Kentmere Round to the east the Howgills outside the Lake District completes a stupendous panorama. When you've had you fill turn south (left from your approach) and bear slightly right to pick up a path that skirts the edge of the escarpment.

 

Keep on this path for a little over ¾mile for much of the way with Scar Wood to your right. When you reach a signpost at a junction of paths


take the direction of Scout Scar car park. (Right from your previous line of travel) Traversing open ground

 

the path brings you to a gate in the way. Through this enter woodland and turn left to reach the car park on Underbarrow Road.

3. Turn right onto the road. After passing a quarry car park on the right turn left through a wooden gate leading onto Scout Scar.

 

Soon the path climbs clear of woodland to reach the top of the escarpment. To your right the ground falls away steeply to have a care. Immediately an obvious feature comes into sight - The Mushroom -

 

a viewing station first constructed in 1912 to mark the Coronation of George V and restored 90 years later to mark the Golden Jubilee of his grand-daughter our Queen. Inside the dome there are Wainwright style panoramas to allow you to check how accurate my Cunswick Fell description is! Continue to head south. By now the scar has a number of paths parallel. Bear right of the main ridge and just under 700yds go through a gate in the wall. To the left there is a trig point.

 

Climb up to it if you like. From it turn south again (with excellent views of Morecambe Bay) and keep ahead for 500yds. Soon a pile of stones comes into sight to the left.

 

This marks the start of the downward path.

 

Turn left and commence a gentle descent of just under a mile that brings you to the Old Kendal Racecourse. You'll know when you see it.

 

Cross the course on an obvious path

 

to reach Brigsteer Road. Once on it turn left for Kendal. After crossing the A591 follow the road into town. When you reach Bankfield Road (half a mile from the A591) turn left and at the next junction

 

cross to High Tenterfield. Keep on this as it bends right to lead into Serpentine Road. When this forks keep left onto Queen's Road.