Over Whitbarrow from Mill Side, near Levens

Whitbarrow summit cairn
near the second high spot, the summit is ahead

Walk Overview:

Whitbarrow is the fell west of the Lyth Valley, about three miles south west of Kendal and three miles east of Newby Bridge at the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Its steep cliffs overlook the A590 and the Kent Estuary between the villages of Levens and Witherslack. The steep west facing cliffs of Whitbarrow is called Whitbarrow Scar.

This walk is a delightful circular tour across South Lakeland limestone with extensive views in all directions, across Morecambe Bay to the south, looking south west to the Yorkshire Dales and west to the Howgills.

Most dominant from the plateau is the sweeping panorama of the Lakeland Fells to the north: from Kentmere and High Street in the east; the steep drop to the top of Kirkstone Pass from Kilnshaw Chimneys; further west to Langdale, Bowfell and the five bumps of Crinkle Crags then the Coniston Fells including majestic Dow Crag before the ever present Black Combe standing guard over the Irish Sea, it is a fantastic vista.

On Whitbarrow, the bare grey rock of the limestone pavement appears barren yet closer inspection reveals a rich habitat of ferns clinging to fissures or grikes, lonesome ash and sycamore shade delicate wild flowers. Mammals, birds and butterflies all thrive in this place.

The limestone pavement formed beneath the sea some 350 million years ago, now exposed by shifting land and retreating sea, we have this rich and interesting landscape worthy of a visit.

Whitbarrow is an outlying Fell of the Lake District yet remains unspoilt. Away from the crowds, Whitbarrow is a peaceful and quiet experience with wonderful views of the higher and distant fells.

second high spot, Whitbarrow
Hervey Memorial Reserve, Whitbarrow
Hervey Memorial Reserve, Whitbarrow
summit, Whitbarrow
near Mill Side
near Beck Head

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Walk Details:
Start: Mill Side hamlet, near Levens (SD453839)
Distance 8.5km (5 miles)
Ascent: 238m
Grade: Moderate
NB: grading is based upon normal conditions and can be subjective
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