Hugill Fell and Reston Scar

Name of walk Hugill Fell and Reston Scar
Date of walk 2018-09-12
Distance walked (miles) 3
Duration of walk 2 hours 40 minutes
Weather Overcast then sunshine
Peaks on walk Hugill Fell and Reston Scar
Walked with Ged
Parking Spaces by weir on Kentmere Rd

On Wednesday Ged and I walked two more fells from Wainwright’s ‘Outlying Fells’ book. Hugill Fell and Reston Scar, from Staveley. Unlike in Wainwright’s time these fells can be done as one walk, as there are now gates in the stone walls to allow access. The walk is an easy three miles. We parked in the parking spaces alongside the River Kent, just past the Weir, on the Kentmere Road.

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From the parking area we head back to look at the weir.

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Then we head north along the Kentmere Road until we reach this gate next to an elevated bungalow. The drive leads to the footpath.

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Looking back to the footpath gate and the bungalow.

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The track is easy, grassy and clear.

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We detour off track for a view down into the Kentmere Valley.

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The sun is starting to light up some of the surrounding fields.

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Ahead in sunlight is High Knott, a future walk, also from the Outlying Fell book.

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A close up of the cairn on High Knott.

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Sunshine is slowly reaching the Kentmere Valley.

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Hugill Fell with Reston Scar behind. We head for the gate on the right.

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Looking back at the gate as we head up to the summit.

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Ged on the summit of Hugill Fell.

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Our route to Reston Scar. We will reach the wall and walk along to the right to the gate.

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A close up into Kentmere and the fells of the Kentmere Horseshoe, which I did as a solo walk in 2010. I started about seven in the morning in order to nab one of the few car parking spaces by the church. The walk is about 14 miles and includes nine Wainwrights: Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag, High St, Mardale Ill Bell, Harter Fell, Kentmere Pike and Shipman Knotts. It took me seven hours. An excellent day!

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We head for Reston Scar.

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The periods of sunshine are increasing.

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It is now becoming quite warm.

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View back to Hugill Fell.

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We walk along the wall to the gate.

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The view back to the gate as we head through a tree plantation.

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Reston Scar summit ahead.

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Me on Reston Scar summit which has a small stone cairn.

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The view towards Windermere.

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The view back to Hugill Fell, now in sunshine.

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We head for Kemp Tarn.

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Kemp Tarn.

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To the right of Kemp Tarn is the track down to Staveley.

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You need to head into the cow field, but then turn beside the wall for the gate and track down. I'm glad of this because cows with pointy horns and calves are best avoided!

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They may look docile now, but any attempt to walk through them would probably be regretted.

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The view over Staveley.

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Obligatory sheep photo!

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View back to the lane that led us into Staveley.

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St James' Church. In the 1860s Staveley´s 14th century church was replaced with a new one on a different site. Only the tower of the old church survives, we will visit this next time.

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The East Window is pre-Raphaelite glass made by William Morris and Co to designs of Edward Burne-Jones 1878.

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We then walked back past Barley Bridge to my car.

The three mile walk took us two hours and forty minutes, but we were in no rush and we did detour for views and to visit the church. We only saw one other person on the walk. It is a quiet area! Just like last week’s walk I was back home for lunch!

Jo.

 

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