Scout Scar, Kendal

Date: 26 Feb 2020 Weather: 3’C, sunny
Height gain: 308 ft Distance: 3.6 miles
Time taken: 1 hrs 30 mins Wainwrights: Outlying 1 of 116

This is a local walk for us that we do quite regularly.  I don’t do a write-up every time we walk it but it is one of Wainwright’s Outlying Fells so I think the site needs at least one record of it and it looked so pretty today.  We first walked it on 9 January 2019 making it our first Outlying fell so, although this isn’t a record of that particular walk, I’m allocating it as number one in the table above.

We wake up to a dusting of snow and some sunshine so we want to get out into the fresh air but with gales still raging on the mountains we don’t want to go too far or too high.  We decide we’ll do a short walk along Scout Scar today and something a bit longer tomorrow which has another good forecast.

A short drive takes us to the quarry car park and we get our boots on.  We cross the road, go through the gate and huff and puff up the footpath to the top of the scar – barely 100 feet of ascent but we haven’t been out much recently!

At an altitude of 750 feet we’re just above the snow line and we enjoy crunching along in it at the start of our walk:


There is cloud swirling about which makes the terrain look even more mysterious than usual:


The sky is clearing quickly and the sun starts to reveal itself more fully.  The view towards the Lake District fells is stunning.  With the green valley and snowy mountains they almost look like they’ve been CGI’d in:


We walk along the scar’s edge and the sun feels wonderful on our faces – it’s been so long since we felt it.  We carry on for just under two miles until the ground starts to drop away and this is our cue to turn around and head back to the start.

Before we turn, we look out towards the sea at Grange-over-Sands and see just how flooded the fields are from what will be the wettest February on record:


The snow has been melting fast in the sunshine – we’re only just sbove the snow-line up here.  As we start to make our way back the views across the terrain towards the Howgills look stunning:


We arrive back at the car with happy smiles from our short but beautiful walk and the almost forgotten feeling of winter sunshine on our faces.

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