Kendal Fell, Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar may be Lakeland hills, but they are a world away from the major fells of the central Lake District. With gentle ascents, scrubby wildflower meadows, limestone scars and panoramic views of Morecambe Bay, the Lakes, Dales and Howgills, these hills offer a tranquil retreat from Kendal. There are paths all over the place, and if time is limited the route can easily be shortened. Looking at the map, this walk may appear to cross much of the same ground on the outward and return journeys; but the lie of the land is so intricate here that following parallel paths just a few metres apart will give two completely different experiences.
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Distance: 8.76 miles (14.10 km)
Total ascent: 315m
Time: 3 – 5 hours (Walking)
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SummitsCunswick Scar 235 m
Scout Scar Hill 170 m
Kendal Town Hall, SD514926
This walk starts in the centre of town, but quiet back alleys and narrow lanes are followed to reach the open fell quickly. Clearly-defined paths are then followed. There is nothing steep, but there are quite a few stiles.
The walk from Kendal railway station to the Town Hall takes about ten minutes. From the bus station it's about half that.
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Kendal (0153 979 516); Killington Lake (015396 20138); Windermere (015394 46499)
by Chris Scaife
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Great to see the scars getting some air time. It’s a cracking landscape and one I’m incredibly fortunate to be able access direct from the back gate!