The Seasons of Sizergh Fell

Season:Any
Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Walking

Sometimes, a long walk is just not necessary. Sizergh Fell is a mere ½ mile from Sizergh castle car park and is an amazing destination in all seasons. On a blowy autumn day, you can revel in the kiss of the wind on your cheeks and admire the beautiful colours in the surrounding woodlands. On a crisp winter morning the view over to the Lakeland fells, or the Howgills in the other direction are often crystal clear and snow covered. Springtime is a perfect time to listen out for the returning migrant birds such as the chiffchaff and the swallows. But it is early summer when the fell comes alive. In June and July the farmer keeps his stock out of the field leading up the hill from the castle, allowing the wild flowers to stake their claim. There is nowhere better to sit or lie, hidden by the gently swaying buttercups and scabius, admiring the amazing view across to the Howgill fells, as Green woodpeckers dart around, and the gentle buzz of the bees as they set to work on the flowers.

Further Information

Natural England’s guide to limestone grasslands can be downloaded as a PDF and provides a lot more information.

The tenant farmer regularly has his cattle on the fell, sometimes including his Bull. It is a beef bull – which is considered safe. If you are taking your dog for a walk, just be aware that your dog can scare or harm farm animals, so keep it on a lead if around cattle, but let go if chased by cattle.

By Sam Sharples

I work as an Assistant Ranger across the extremely diverse South and East Cumbria and Morecambe Bay area. Due to the wide ranging habitats that we look after, my job is extremely diverse - one day I might be repairing a wall overlooking a sea cliff and the next, I could be coppicing in ancient woodland, 50 miles from the sea, creating habitats for birds and insects.

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How to get here

Sizergh Car Park, Kendal

Ashbank Lane
Kendal LA8 8

Ordnance Survey OL7
The English Lakes
South Eastern area

SD 496 878

Get Directions

By foot: Many footpaths and bridleways head towards the estate and castle from Kendal and the surrounding area.
By cycle: RCR20 passes main gate.
Bus: Regular services 555/556 from Kendal
Train: West Coast mainline station Oxenholme Lake District 3 miles away. Also regular services to Kendal train station where can connect with bus services.
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33

Bus Timetable: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/transport/publictransport/busserv/timetables/keswickcentrallakes.asp