About Scout Scar


Looking into a Cumbrian Landscape

About Scout Scar is a joyous celebration of a stunning corner of Cumbria. It is both a walking and nature book focused on the West of Kendal, Cunswick Scar, Scout Scar, Helsington Barrow, the Lyth Valley and more. It is a detailed portrait of the landscape throughout the seasons, with stunning and thoughtful photography throughout. Everyone who loves walking in the countryside, or exploring the flora and fauna to be found within it, will treasure this unusual, beautifully produced book.


About Scout Scar is a joyous celebration of a stunning corner of Cumbria, written by someone whose wonder, excitement and passion are truly infectious.

West of Kendal, there are escarpments and ridges with spectacular vistas of the Lake District Fells, the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay. Much more than a series of viewpoints, this is a limestone landscape worth looking into closely. Cunswick Scar and Scout Scar are Sites of Special Scientific Interest and of European importance for wildlife. The National Trust locations of Helsington Barrows and Brigsteer Park are habitats offering a rich diversity of birds, butterflies and flora. The Lyth Valley, between Scout Scar and Whitbarrow, is a different geology and a contrasting landscape.

In the tradition of nature writing, About Scout Scar is a detailed portrait of a landscape. It is about the thrill of making discoveries through the seasons: of looking, listening, seeing. The theme of how we relate to the natural world is at the heart of it. Farming and conservation are integral, and underpinning this book are the voices of the custodians of this landscape.

  • Author: Jan Wiltshire
  • Binding: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-874181-57-6
  • Pages: 128
  • Illustrations: Monochrome and colour throughout
  • Date of Publication: 15 September 2008
  • Dimensions: 243 × 169mm

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