Viewed from the A590 - the busy road that winds around the southern edge of the Lake District - Whitbarrow's towering limestone crags give it a dramatic appearance. For walkers, numerous longer variations are possible but this short loop passes through wildlife-rich deciduous woodland and across the scrubby grassland that makes up the summit plateau. For those on a long drive across the South Lakes, this is an excellent place to stop for an hour or two.
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Distance: 3 miles (4.80 km)
Total ascent: 183m
Time: 1 – 2 hours (Walking)
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SummitsWhitbarrow 215 m
Small parking area just off the road at Witherslack Hall, SD436860
Clear path to follow the whole way, although there are numerous trails off to the side so follow the map. The ascent and descent are fairly steep, but short.
The Barrow - Kendal Stagecoach X6 bus stops at Witherslack Road End, a few km to the south.
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Grange-over-Sands (015395 34026); Kendal (0153 979 516); Bowness (015394 42895)
by Chris Scaife