Lord’s Seat on Whitbarrow Scar, Witherslack. We started our walk at Witherslack Hall, now known as Oversands School. We parked on the small track next to the entrance to the school at GR 437859. This is also the start of the walk.
Follow the footpath across the field and look for the football pitch on the left. Turn left, crossing the fence on a stile and walk behind the far goal post, up the path into the woods. The path is steep in places but managed by our 5 year old easily. We carried the 2 year old on this bit.
Keep following the path up up up until you appear out of the trees. Look behind you and you’ll see Witherslack Hall and out to Morecambe Bay. Follow the cairns all the way up to the summit of Lord’s Seat. Enjoy the amazing 360 degree views! On a good day you can see the Blackpool tower (we did!) and lots of Lakeland Fells.
Turn left at the summit and follow the path down to the wall but don’t cross it. At this point there is a beautiful miniature limestone ridge that is great fun for little people to climb up!
Track the wall along north until you take a 90 degree turn left and follow a well trodden footpath all the way along another path, parallel to another wall. As you start to enter the trees you’ll see a cave on your left (just before the scree slope at GR 436876). Enter at your own risk, we found it fun to explore – torch required!
Walk down the scree slope, still following the path. You get to a sign post where you can turn left back to Witherslack Hall or you can go right then left and follow the footpath along to the road and walk the last km on the road.
Total distance is about 3.5 miles for the longer route and 3 miles for the shorter one. It took us 3 and a half hours which included a picnic at the top, climbing on the ridge, exploring the cave and several breaks. A great day out with lots of variety.
After our walk we drove the short distance to Town End and visited the Derby Arms pub. It was a fairly quiet place which was nice, although service was a bit slow. Probably wouldn’t return. Food was good. As we drove back we passed the Gilpin Bridge Inn and it looked really nice, with an outdoor kids play area – although with that came people, and it looked very busy! We’ll try that one next time we’re in the area.
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