Monday 10 October 2011

Scout Scar

Sunday in Ambleside dawned grey and mizzly. The lads went off to the Kendal Climbing Wall, but Dad and I persevered with our plans to walk along Scout Scar.

Accessed from the National Trust car park, Scout Scar is just to the south of the Lake District National Park, but still within the county of Cumbria. The Scar is part of a limestone ring which runs around the edge of Morecambe Bay and was once at the bottom of a warm, shallow sea (though, were you to want a swim, you would have to travel back in time 350 million years!).

The ridge stretches above the Lyth Valley at a height of 235 metres, running roughly north to south for a couple of miles.

The walking is easy and the views are said to be stunning!


  1. I have been away on and off for a couple of days at a time this past fortnight or so and then, when we returned home after this last sojourn, we found we had no internet connection. It took a few days for the problem to be diagnosed and corrected. Anyway, here I am, trying to catch up a bit, since we are off again for an overnight trip, tomorrow. Our daughter is house & petsitting while we're away. Without her, it simply would not be possible for us to enjoy these little breaks.

    This was such a lovely walk, despite the mistiness (I actually love mist!) and the views off into the distance certainly do look very pretty! I note the bare trees, though! Wow! Winter is approaching fast, it seems. So glad you and your Dad were still able to enjoy this outing as I guess that once it becomes really cold and bleak, you'll not want to venture outdoors, much? It's amazing to think that this whole area was once under the sea as indeed, so much land was, worldwide. We have huge inland areas, now almost desert-like, that were seascapes eons upon eons ago and one can still easily find tiny shells there. I think it would be fascinating to have studied geology and sometimes wish I had. Imagine how much one could read just be observing the land and gradients, types of sedimentation, stratification and rock formations. As it is, I stand in awe of this incredibly beautiful world we get to enjoy for just a short lifetime.

  2. Your photo's are beautiful. What a lovely walk.

  3. There seems to be no end to the wonderful walks in England. The views, the paths, the just-around-the-corner vistas are all so inviting. You and yours have been able to take advantage of the good fall weather to get out and enjoy the beauty of your region, and I'm glad you've shared it!

  4. Well done! Getting out in the mist with a camera! I would have probably stayed home!