The long north south ridge of Whitbarrow stands out on the drive along the A590 South Lakes. It is limestone bedrock offering a distinctive profile. The walk along the ridge has some excellent views.
On my first visit I discovered Whitbarrow purely by chance. I was ticking Marilyns within striking distance of home and Whitbarrow was on the list. Expecting little more than an up and down I was delighted by the long summit ridge. It offers limestone scenery, better known in the nearby Dales, at its best. The ridge is dotted with saplings and juniper, heather and bracken. It is basically bare light grey limestone, perfect for a lazy summer’s sunny day. The whole ridge is now designated a nature reserve and therefore given some element of protection. It also offers proof that height is not everything to the walker.
I started the walk at the Darby Arms. From here nearly three miles of attractive woodland walking was punctuated by the impressive Witherslack Hall. After a short sharp climb the broad limestone ridge and summit of Whitbarrow was a delight. It is unique in the Lake District and would be impressive in the nearby limestone Dales. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Leave yourself plenty of time on the ridge. There is nothing to compare to this summit ridge in the Lake District.
At Witherslack Hall walk towards Whitbarrow for a few metres but then take the path through the woods to your left. Make sure you dont miss the path up Whitbarrow from the woods. There is a sign but it is still possible to miss.
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