Whitbarrow, South Lakes

  • Picturesque limestone ridge on Whitbarrow
  • Rich woodland below the ridge
  • Pretty, unspoilt countryside

On my first visit I discovered Whitbarrow purely by chance. I was ticking Marilyns within striking distance of home (Long Preston) and Whitbarrow was on the list. Expecting little from a mere point on the map I was delighted by the long summit ridge which (although technically Lake District) shows limestone scenery at its very best.  The ridge is dotted with saplings and juniper, heather and bracken but is basically bare white 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 and offers proof that height is not everything to the walker.

I started the walk at the Darby Arms. From here nearly 3 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.


Give yourself time on the ridge, there is nothing to compare to this summit ridge in the Lakes

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OS Map: O/S 1/25000. OL7 The English Lakes South East.. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 441830. There is some parking 50 metres from the Darby Arms, or park in the pub car park if you are going.
Height to Climb: 435m (1,430 feet)
Terrain: A steep climb for 400' and then easy, pick your own route. Clear paths are on the summit plateau, through the woods and the school before the road leads back to Mill Side
Eating & Drinking: The Darby Arms at Mill End is very good.
Similar Walks Nearby: South shores of Windermere
Top O’Selside, Coniston
Heights of Kendal Fell
Places to Stay:


Lakeland Chalet, Grange over SandsMasons Arms, nr Windermere