The village of Staveley, between Kendal and Windermere, is best known as the gateway to Kentmere and the long journey over the fells surrounding the River Kent. Smaller fells are passed-by with nary a thought. Yet Hugill Fell (Wainwright summit) has fine panoramic views from its small but well built summit cairn, as does Reston Scar which overlooks Staveley and the A591.
In Wainwright's day a walk including both fells was difficult. Tall well built stone walls separated the fells with no right of access, or indeed gates to sneak through, so each had to be visited individually. Now kissing gates have been installed in the walls allowing access, a clear path connects them. Someone had the final laugh though as the winding path seems to find all the boggy patches!
Conveniently a small parking area on the Kentmere road just north of Barley Bridge can take 8 cars or so making it a good starting point for this short walk.
If you need accommodation we have details of 21 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
From the parking place follow the Kentmere road for approx 300m (330 yards) where a concrete track climbs the fellside to a cottage called "Hillside" high above the road. A small pedestrian gate at its bottom has an "Access Land" sign on the post. Climb the track and, as it bears right to the cottage, continue ahead through a field gate and onto the fell. Continue ahead for a short bit, then bear right onto the ATV track zigzagging up the steep grass. A beck trickles down to your left.
The zigzags don't take long and the path bears further right towards a wall corner. Do not cross the wall but continue past and the small summit cairn of Hugill Fell perched on the rocky knoll soon comes into view only a little further on. Much of the Kentmere round of fells can be seen to the north.
From the cairn on Hugill Fell, the small knoll of Reston Scar is roughly SSW . To get there you have to take a slightly roundabout route.
Continue ahead on the clear grass path, and keep left to head for the obvious gateway in the wall. Cross the boggy patch hidden in the dip, the cattle seem to have poached this making it particularly wet and muddy. Go through the kissing gate just to the left of the field gateway. Turn left and climb over the grassy knoll and down the other side. Bear right to go through a gateway into a young tree plantation. Follow the winding path initially left and then right, to a gate in the wall above.
The summit cairn of Reston Scar is barely 100m (110 yards) ahead atop a limestone outcrop. Approaching from this side it seem unlikely that this is the scar so obvious from the A591.
To return to Staveley bear left from the summit and follow the grass path. This is not so obvious as the outbound route but is clear enough. Kemp Tarn should come into view as the descent steepens. The path keeps well to the right of the tarn and drops through the field to a gate. Go through and immediately turn right to go through another gate onto a track.
Follow this track round to the left, passing below the water treatment works, and then right, before swinging left again to another gate. Go through and continue down to the cottages.
Continue ahead to Brow Lane and turn left. This quiet roads passes the school, and comes out at the war memorial. Turn left to return to Barley Bridge and the parking area.
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