Whitbarrow. 3 April

From the A590 we took the Mill Side turning and parked near the roadside a short distance from the cattle grid.

The weather was bright and warm as we set off towards Mill Side, turning right off the road and following the path passing Low Fell End. The path then joins the bridleway at Buckhouse Wood. Through the trees, the – very muddy in places – path took us slightly downhill to Raven’s Lodge.

The path then went below White Scar and round the corner to Rawsons, where there was a wonderful display of daffodils in Rawson’s Wood.

We then followed the tracks through the woods, where it was nice to hear more of the birdsong and less of the distance rumbling of the A590, before turning onto an uphill path near Gillbirks. At the edge of the woods we crossed the wall, walking beside Lord’s Seat and finally to the cairn at the top.

The path then took us down Whitbarrow Scar which was quite steep in places and with Witherslack Hall visible through the still bare trees.

Crossing by the football pitch, there were some great, albeit slightly hazy, views of Whitbarrow and Chapel Head Scars.

A few bluebells had just started to appear along the side of the short bit of road we walked along. The final path took us to the picturesque Beck Head, and the road then led us back to the car.

The distance covered was about 10.5 miles.