Woodland wonders - Sizergh woodland walk

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

Over many years on the estate, native woodland has been managed through coppicing to provide everything from firewood, building and fencing materials, and even charcoal for gunpowder production! An area of woodland after ot has been freshly copssed can look a little devastated but new growth soon takes hold and provides a thriving habitat for both wildlife and wildflowers. This circular walk explores Brigsteer Wood, renowned for Daffodils and Bluebells but also keep an eye out for the very rare High Brown Fritillary butterfly. It then goes onto Holeslack Wood where pride has to go to its ancient yew trees some of which are over 1600 years old!

Directions: (starting from Sizergh Castle car park)

  1. From the top end of the car park go through the gate and turn L onto Ashbank Lane (track). Follow it uphill under the power lines to Brigsteer Lane.

  2. Cross Brigsteer Lane and follow the track on the other side into Brigsteer Woods. Just beyond the sign, follow the track to a fork and take the R branch. Head N through the woods to a gate at the northern end. Go through the gate and enter the field beyond. Climb diagonally N up the field to join the lane by Park End Farm.

  3. A path diversion leads around to the R of the farm; take it and follow the vague path to make the short steep climb up the field beyond. At Wells Garth turn R onto the rough track (path) and follow it up to join a bridleway (track). Turn R onto the bridleway and follow it SW to Holeslack Farm.

  4. Walk past the farmhouse and turn R, heading for the wooden gate in the corner of the old farmyard. Pass through the orchard and right through the wall gateway into Holeslack Wood. After climbing the slope the path S through the trees is an obvious grassy track. Pass the pond at the S edge and exit the woods along the path to the L side of the field gate.

  5. Once out of the woods, walk a short distance S across the grass to regain Ashbank Lane, which is then followed back down to Sizergh Castle.

Further Information

Start/Finish: Grid Reference: SD 497878

Distance: 2.9 miles (4.6km)

Height gain: 160m

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By Tom Burditt

As Lead Ranger for South/East Cumbria and Morecambe Bay, I manage the individual Rangers who look after all the fantastic National Trust coast and countryside around the edges of the Lake District, and beyond into North Lancashire and the Eden Valley. The variety of the places, and of the work, makes coming to work in the morning a real joy and I never quite know where I'll end up. Although my office is in sunny Silverdale, on the edge of the swirling, ever changing muds of Morecambe Bay, I could end up on the sand-dunes of Sandscale Haws (near Barrow), the shores of Windermere at Fell Foot, patrolling the ancient chapel ruins at Heysham near Morecambe, helping with public access on the Sizergh Castle Estate near Kendal, rounding up escaped cows on Arnside Knott, or introducing visitors and great crested newts to each other at Acorn Bank gardens, near Penrith. Or I could be in that Silverdale office, working on a Woodland Management Plan or boundary dispute.

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How to get here

Sizergh Car Park, Kendal

Ashbank Lane
Kendal LA8 8

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