GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Lyth Valley

10 miles (16.7 km)

This 10 mile circular walk explores the beautiful Lyth Valley on the south eastern edge of the Lake District. It's a bit of a hidden gem with an expansive nature reserve, hill climbs, pretty villages and rivers. It is also well known for its damsons which appear in great numbers in early spring.
The walk starts from Whitebeck and follows bridleways upto Whitbarrow Scar. The internationally important reserve has a significant portion of the UK's limestone pavement. There's also ancient woodland, rich ground flora and tremendous views from the elevated position of Whitbarrow Scar. From the high point at Lord's Seat there are fine views over the River Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for with deer, buzzard, raven, sparrowhawk, woodcock, great spotted woodpecker, redstart and nuthatch.
The route then follows a circular path around the reserve before returning to Whitebeck.
To continue your walking in the valley head east from the reserve to pick up the Cumbria Coastal Way.
The valley is located close to the town of Kendal where you can try our Kendal Castle and River Walk. The climb to Cartmel Fell is located just to the west of the reserve where there are more nice views over the valley.

Lyth Valley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Lyth Valley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Cairn on Whitbarrow, Cumbria

Cairn on Whitbarrow, Cumbria

Limestone pavement on Whitbarrow Scar - geograph.org.uk - 7870

Limestone pavement on Whitbarrow Scar

The path along Whitbarrow Scar - geograph.org.uk - 958179

The path along Whitbarrow Scar

Windswept tree, Hervey Nature Reserve, Whitbarrow Scar - geograph.org.uk - 958193

Windswept tree, Hervey Nature Reserve, Whitbarrow Scar. The reserve was created in memory of Canon A K Hervey a founder member of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Descending on the path from Whitbarrow - geograph.org.uk - 1293022

Descending on the path from Whitbarrow

Wall and Pavement - geograph.org.uk - 337873

Wall and Pavement. Whitbarrow is an internationally important Reserve and has 3% of Britains Limestone Pavement. It is a great place to explore with something of interest around every corner.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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