Lockdown Locals 1 – Cunswick Scar – Gamblesmire Lane

We are extremely fortunate to live in an area where we can walk from our front door and be in beautiful countryside. During Lockdown we have re-discovered some routes we hadn’t walked for a while and discovered some new ones we will definitely walk again. This series will show a few of those…

The first walk is a nice round walk beginning at Crook Road, just a little way past the Plumgarths Farm Shop on the outskirts of Kendal, up onto Cunswick Scar, along the top of the Scar to the junction with Gamblesmire Lane. We followed the path past the limekiln, down to Cunswick Hall and then sneakily continued along the ‘Private Road’ until we came back to the Crook Road. Interestingly we had presumed this ‘Private Road’ was fine to walk down and we had no issues, in fact we walked it twice in a couple of weeks with no problem. Unfortunately one of our teens went out for a socially distanced wander with friends (when they were allowed to) and got shouted at by a grumpy man at the farm so I’m guessing it’s not! I wonder if he would have shouted at us rather then a few teenagers minding their own business – I doubt it!!

We did a variation of this walk a couple of weeks later going in the opposite direction but dropping off Cunswick Scar down through Scar Woods and through Ash Spring before heading along Gamblesmire Lane and back up onto the Scar. The woods in springtime were just beautiful.

Blowing out the cobwebs.

We’ve had a few days of being away with other Home Ed families in snowy Wales and all managed to come back with coughs and colds… it’s a very sharing community! So after days of feeling grotty and being stuck in the house sniffing and coughing we ventured out to one of our favourite beaches. I’ve always loved beachcombing and this particular beach is great for finding sea-glass but not when the tide is in!! Oops… didn’t check the tide times. There was still a little bit of beach left untouched by waves and the tide was on it’s way out so we wandered along and clambered up the rocks to watch the waves crash in.

Almost tropical…

A few bits of seaglass and a broken bucket and bag of rubbish later, we headed for a hot chocolate in the little cafe nearby. Well worth the effort of getting out of the house.