Another Easter outing. I had a morning window of opportunity, I forget now why it was only a morning, no doubt I had some ferrying about of kids to do in the afternoon. For once I wasn’t up and out very early. I drove to Staveley with a vague idea that I might climb Brunt Knott and a hazy feeling that I didn’t really have time. By the time I reached Staveley I was convinced that I definitely didn’t have time. So I went for plan B. If you’ve driven up to the Lakes on the A591 you’ll know Reston Scar, even if you aren’t familiar with the name – it’s the steep and rather attractive looking little hill which sits behind Staveley.
View North from the summit of Reston Scar.
Not much to say about this one really – it’s a cracking little walk. The weather wasn’t as pleasant as the blue sky in the photos might suggest – there was a cold and heavy wind blowing.
The hill in the middle distance, with the Kentmere fells behind, is what I’ve taken to be Hugill Fell (spot height 273 on the map). It’s not the summit which Wainwright describes a walk to in ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’ which is just off to the right of this photo, north of where it says ‘Black Crag’ on the OS map below. Wainwright says that it’s not possible to walk between these hills, but this is now access land, and there are convenient gates so a short circular walk is possible.
High Knott – another ‘Outlying Fell’ is the very green expanse on the left.
Wainwright’s Hugill Fell viewpoint (or Black Crag?), Potter Fell behind.
Potter Fell from Wainwright’s Hugill Fell viewpoint (or Black Crag?)
This is a pleasant round, but worth bearing in mind that there is one short, but very boggy section on the way across Hugill Fell towards it’s eastern arm.
Looking back to Reston Scar.
I dropped down the route which Wainwright recommends for Hugill Fell, the bottom part of which is marked as a track on the OS map.
And which brought me down to a quiet lane beside the River Kent.
Weir near Barley Bridge.
A lovely way to spend a morning. Or an evening I would hazard to suppose. I can see myself doing that again.