Reston Scar, Hugill Fell and Black Crag Walking

For any visitor to Kendal, this is the ideal quick retreat into the outdoors. These small hills are just to the north of Staveley, a village that is easy to reach by train, bus or car. The walk can be completed in an hour or two, is suitable for all the family, but still feels at times like a proper day in the Lakeland Fells. The three summits have a surprisingly wild feel to them, despite their easy access, and the views stretch from the Yorkshire Dales in the east, to the Coniston Fells and Langdale Pikes in the west.

On Hugill Fell, looking towards the Kentmere Horseshoe  © Chris Scaife
On Hugill Fell, looking towards the Kentmere Horseshoe
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SD4694898829 From the lay-by, walk along the road back towards the village. Opposite Staveley Mill Weir, take the footpath on the right, signed towards Reston Scar. The path is steep at first, passing some cottages, and the rocky south-eastern flank of Reston Scar is soon visible on the right. After passing a few more cottages, a crossroads is met. Turn right here, on the obvious track that meanders uphill. Through a large gate, ascend the steep path to the ridge and follow this to the summit of Reston Scar.

SD4601398793 The views can be quite extensive from Reston Scar. On a clear day you will see the Howgills, the Forest of Bowland and much of the southern Lake District. As well as looking down on Staveley you should be able to see Kendal off to the south-east. From the summit, head north to go through a wooden gate, then follow the path through the burgeoning deciduous woodland. Through a tall gate, turn right and head up to Hugill Fell. The summit proper is easy to spot, but requires a slight detour from the main path.

SD4589199288 The Kentmere valley is due north from here, and the peaks that make up the Kentmere Horseshoe can be seen at the head of the valley. Walk north to the corner of the drystone wall, then go through the gate and follow the path east across boggy ground, where a selection of logs and pallets may allow your feet to stay dry. The rocky protuberance of Black Crag provides the third summit of the day, after which the path descends steeply back to the road.

SD4678399218 You could of course nip back right along the road here, but for a slightly longer, more scenic route with less traffic, turn left on the road, then cross Scroggs Bridge over the River Kent. Take the footpath to the right immediately after the bridge. Where this path joins the bridleway, turn right through Scroggs Farm to reach Hall Lane. Now turn right and follow this minor road back to Barley Bridge, overlooking Staveley Mill Weir.

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by Chris Scaife

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