Turn off the frentic A590 into Witherslack and wend your
way North up the valley to Witherslack Hall School. Here there is a permissive
car park, provided you do not obstruct farm gateways.
The dramatic limestone scar of Whitbarrow dominates the view Eastwards.
But how to scale that rocky escarpment?
Head east down to the school soccer pitch where the walk 'kicks-off appropriately
by turning left and crossing the goal line and following the public right
of way into the mixed woodland in a north easterly direction. Through
the Birch and oak the path eventually starts to climb each layer of the
limestone laid down some 350 million years ago. The path takes a diagonal
line up the face of the scar and with care the top is easily achievable
. Through a dry stone wall and one enters the almost lunar lime upland
that is the Special Scientific Interest designated top of the ridge.
With views to the Lakeland fells and the open skies of Morecambe Bay opening
up this is a great picnic setting as long as there is not a stiff wind
blowing onshore. The bent and leaning shrubs and wiry surviving trees
indicate that life up here has had to bend to the prevailing Westerlies.
The summit of the ridge is known as Lord's Seat with an impressive cairn
and a mention as one of Wanwright's outlying :Lakeland fells. Now sit
and enjoy the superb views!. Take care to remember the elusive start of
the descent path to return the same way.