Written on 24/07/19 by Paul Oldham

Helsington Barrows and Scout Scar

The Lake District National Park Authority has improved a much-loved walking spot at Helsington Barrows and Scout Scar, thanks to a generous boost from the Ramblers.

Scout Scar is very popular for quiet recreation for people of all ages and indeed we have a walk up it A Scout Scar Amble. This Open Access Land provides a distinct and unique landscape and stunning, panoramic views of the southern Lake District. The flora of this limestone upland is beautiful and it is not surprising that the area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

On Scout Scar: don't fall down
Jessie on Scout Scar: don't fall down!

National Park rangers installed two new kissing gates after an approach from Kendal Ramblers' Association. The work was funded by the Sharpe Legacy, a fund for the provision of facilities for the maintenance of freedom for fell walkers on the Lake District Fells. The project was made possible after agreement from the landowner, Richard Bagot of Levens Hall Estate.

Marian Jones, Area Ranger with the Lake District National Park Authority said:

This is a great example of partnership working and we are pleased that these new gates now give the public better access to this wonderful area for walking, running and dog walking. Dogs must, of course, be kept under close control at all times.

David Staton Footpaths and Access Officer, Kendal Ramblers said:

The value of improved access to Helsington Barrows was first recognised by members of the Kendal Ramblers' Association who have campaigned for the gates to be put in. Of course, it would not have been possible without the support of the National Park who have installed the gates and the agreement generously granted by the land owner, Richard Bagot.

So if you're after a walk in slightly different terrain to the usual Lake District fells then why not give Scout Scar a visit.

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