Altitude 170m a.s.l
Huw Davies on Wheelbarrow 2nd ascent © airborne
Scout Scar is a small limestone crag perched high above the beautiful Lyth Valley in the quiet south east corner of the Lake District, a couple of miles to the west of Kendal. The views are outstanding with Ingleborough, Morecombe Bay, The Howgills and much of the Central Lakeland Fells in full view from the Scar. The climbing at Scout Scar is hard to define as it is neither a major venue in the mold of Chapel Head nor of minor interest, and here in lies its problem. Many come here expecting too much and leave disappointed but to not visit would be to miss out on some good bolted routes which whilst not particularly big or impressive nevertheless pack in the moves at a pleasant crag. Onsight half a dozen of the routes in an afternoon and you'll go away with a big grin on your face and withered fingers.
15 minute approach.
Park at the carpark at the top of Underbarrow Road and follow the walking path up to the Scout Scar 'Mushroom' viewpoint. The crag is another 300m past here.
There is a path down from the plateau to the crag. An old fence marks the descent. The descent is quite steep at first, but becomes more gradual. Continue with the escarpment to your left and after about 100m you will reach the first bolted routes. A path winds its way along the base of the crag. Barrowfield Buttress is seperate from the main crag and is typically reached from the South as described below.