Scouting around Kendal

Submitted by Timwoods on 03 September 2008
OS Explorer Map: OL7 - The English Lakes: SE area
(17 votes)
A circular, half-day countryside walk in national park Lake District (England) starting at Kendal town centre, Cumbria, about 12.1km (roughly 7.5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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Many walkers pass straight through Kendal and head for the inviting peaks of the Lake District. But it's worth stopping off here to enjoy the delights of this pleasant market town, including this short walk out to Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar. It's a popular walk with local people and let's be honest, they usually know best! The walk is easily reached from Kendal town centre, which has several good bus services. Oxenholme is the nearest station, just southeast of the town.

Start: Kendal town centre, OS Grid: SD515926
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 365m (1198ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 586m (1922ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 220m (724ft)
Max. Elevation: 230m (754ft)

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OS Grid: SD515926
From the Tourist Information centre, head west and pick up the footpath to Kettlewell Crag.
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SD504933
This is a small outcrop in the middle of Kendal Golf Club. Carry on past Helsfell Nab and cross the A591 via the bridge. Carry on to Cunswick Fell.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SD491938
Past the road, the footpath climbs gently up Cunswick Fell and onto the woody escarpment of Cunswick Scar. Head south along the edge of the scar.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SD486923
The footpath hugs the edge of Cunswick Scar, which joins Scout Scar just past Underbarrow Road. Head south and keep an eye out for 'The Mushroom', a famous local viewpoint! You can't really miss it.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SD483908
About 1km south of The Mushroom, take the path heading down through the woods to Barrowfield. Continue through Honeybee Wood (doesn't that sound lovely?!)
About 1.2 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SD480896
The path continues past Crag Mollet to the small village of Brigsteer. The Wheatsheaf is a popular, traditional style pub, with good food. There are buses from Brigsteer back to Kendal if you prefer a linear walk, and what better way to wait for the bus than supping a fine Cumbrian ale?
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SD486892
If you are continuing the walk, take the steep hill heading southeast out of Brigsteer. There is a footpath heading back towards Scout Scar just before the brow of the hill.
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SD486907
At the point where you turned off to Brigsteer earlier, head east instead across Helsington Barrows. This path rejoins the Brigsteer Road just outside Kendal. Follow the road back for 500m back into the centre of Kendal.
About 3.2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SD513925
Back in Kendal for the bus home.
4 comments ...join the discussion!
footweary  commented on 17 October 2012
Completed the walk earlier this week (Oct 2012): reckon it is nearer 10 miles. Beware the pub in Brigsteer is now closed and buses to Kendal only run on Wednesdays. Best at point 5 jump to 8 and walk back over to Kendal.
Timwoods  commented on 18 October 2012
Hallo, you could be right. The last waypoint was missing, so I have added that, which reflects the distance a little more closely. The site also slightly underestimates distances, as it measures a line directly between the waypoints, which misses out any wiggles or height loss/gain.
Brigsteerlocal  commented on 28 December 2013
Pub in Brigsteer
Just to update the facts, the pub in Brigsteer (the Wheatsheaf) is very much open these days (as of August 2103, in fact). It is also VERY good and definitely worth dropping in - dogs are welcome as well (and, no, I'm not the landlord/landlady!!) I am afraid I cannot comment on the bus service, though.
Timwoods  commented on 31 December 2013
It looks like it is, and there is a new bunkhouse coming! Good news all round.
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