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Discover Kendal’s wild side

Plumgarths wildlife garden in full bloom at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s head office.
Plumgarths wildlife garden in full bloom at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s head office.

[D]on’t miss this chance to learn more about the wildlife on your doorstep, while bagging two Wainwrights! Kendal’s scars, woodland and wildlife is a 6.5 mile guided walk organised by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Kendal Walking Festival. It takes place on Sunday 4 June, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The hike starts in Kendal town centre and takes you through farmland, open fell and woodland habitats, with excellent views of the Lake District from two of Wainwright’s outlying fells, Scout Scar and Cunswick Scar.

Ash trees at Scout Scar near Kendal. Photo: Judith Wallen
Ash trees at Scout Scar near Kendal. Photo: Judith Wallen

David Harpley, Conservation Manager and his colleagues from Cumbria Wildlife Trust will point out interesting wildlife on the way: “This is a very special area for limestone flora and we’ll see rock rose, horseshoe vetch and the rare plant mountain everlasting. We’ll show you some massive, very old ants’ nests – we think they’re about 100 years old! That’s a good sign that these flower-rich grasslands haven’t been disturbed for a long time. Among the birds we expect to see are skylarks and willow warblers, maybe buzzards and redstarts as well.”

There will be a stop for lunch at Plumgarths, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s wildlife garden. You will enjoy a wealth of flowers and birds in the garden and helpful information panels have recently been installed to show visitors how the garden changes through the seasons. Tea and coffee will be provided at Plumgarths but please bring a packed lunch and cold drinks.

To book your place, please go to the Kendal Walking Festival webpage www.breweryarts.co.uk/lakes-tickets/category/kendal-walking-festival

Please note that on the walk there are several stiles and wall gaps, as well as uneven and steep ground and muddy woodland paths, so walking boots are essential. We regret that dogs are not allowed at this event.

The wildlife garden at Plumgarths is open to the public all year round and visitors are welcome.

Why not do this walk as part of the June 30 Days Wild challenge? More information at www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

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