Brigsteer from Sizergh Castle (approx. 4 miles)

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Map: Explorer OL7 The English Lakes - South Eastern area
Start: SD 497 877 - Sizergh Castle Car Park (National Trust)
Note - at the time of writing, the Grounds of Sizergh Castle were about to re-open following Corona virus restrictions. Appointments were needed to visit - check the National Trust website to see if these restrictions still apply before arriving at the car park.
Route: A great walk for spring, with "… a host of golden daffodils". The route takes you along lanes, through woods and fields overlooking the Lyth Valley.
Links to Route Files: Ordnance Survey OS Maps online (may only available to OSMaps subscribers) or .gpx (exported from OS Maps app on Android device - can be imported into many devices).

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route profile
Refreshments: We completed this walk on the first day that cafes and pubs were closed due to the corona virus - when things re-open, there is a cafι by the car park and a pub (the Wheatsheaf) in Brigsteer.

Sizergh Castle Car Park The car park is usually much busier than this - but we did the walk on the day following the government ordering all pubs, restaurants and cafes to close to combat the corona virus.

From the car park walk north (to the left in the picture).
leaving Sizergh Castle Car Park Go through the gate in the northern boundary wall of the car park and turn left, following the sign for Brigsteer Wood. Continue along the track, passing through a couple of gates.
track between Sizergh Castle and Brigsteer Wood Continue ahead, through the gate pictured - the path takes you through another gate before you reach …
Brigsteer Wood … this gate. Go through the gate and cross the unclassified road.
Brigsteer Wood … When you enter the wood, bear left on the path that goes round to the left of the gate pictured …
Brigsteer Wood … then, almost immediately, bear right, passing the interpretation board shown in the picture.
Brigsteer Wood Bear left at the junction of path pictured. You will shortly come to …
Brigsteer Wood … an area where (in March) the left hand side of the path is crowded with ...
Brigsteer Wood … a host of wild daffodils.
Brigsteer Wood At the foot of a gentle slope, bear right …
Brigsteer Wood … continuing through the wood. Leave the wood through a wooden gate and turn right …
between Brigsteer Wood and village … to follow a path by the field boundary.
between Brigsteer Wood and village Although not shown as a path on the map, before you reach the top of the field, follow a path on the left. There are great view across the valley on your left towards the Lakeland peaks. a wooden gate leads you on to Parkend Lane. Turn left towards the village of Brigsteer.

If you wish to shorten the walk, you can go straight across the road and follow the footpath which re-joins the bridlepath leading back to Sizergh
Brigsteer Take the right fork, following the narrow road through the village.
the Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer At the junction with Brigsteer Road turn right (perhaps after stopping at the Wheasheaf for refreshment).
Brigsteer Brow After following the road for a little less than 300 metres, follow the finger post to take a bridlepath on the right …
between Brigsteer and Holeslack Farm Continue to follow the path for just about half a mile …
between Brigsteer and Holeslack Farm … then go through the gate pictured, which leads onto a fainter track and…
between Brigsteer and Holeslack Farm ... then open grassland. Head south east, climbing to the corner of the field, where you join a clear track heading south.
between Brigsteer and Holeslack Farm After a short distance continue along the track as it bears left. There's a cattle grid to cross …
between Brigsteer and Holeslack Farm … before the track leads downhill pass Holeslack Farm. The track takes you through a couple of gates. Just beyond the farm there's a disused limekiln at the side of a field.
behind the lime kiln at Holeslack Farm … Follow the track behind the kiln and go through the narrow gate on the right and down steps, following a narrow path through a strip of woodland where there was the wonderful scent of wild garlic.
between Holeslack Farm and Sizergh Castle The narrow path takes you to a gate and to an open space by a barn. Walk straight ahead …
between Holeslack Farm and Sizergh Castle … through a gateway. The track leads you through another gate and along a narrow path across a field before you return to the car park.

All text and images © Graham Dean, June, 2020.

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