During your walk back down keep an eye (and ear) out for some of the local fauna. We saw skylarks, meadow pipits and a kestrel hunting on the tops and a green woodpecker back down at the treeline. As well as the numerous butterflies, roe deer, great spotted woodpecker and redstart are also regularly seen. You will also most likely encounter the Luing cattle that graze the reserve and help maintain the unique landscape.
It’s an easy decent back down the Lyth Valley side of the scar and most paths will take you down to the Crossthwaite/Whitbarrow by-way, you can follow this all the way back down to a small hamlet of houses named ‘ The Row’ just a few hundred meters south of the Lyth Valley Pub in where you started. Then it’s time for a well-earned drink or two, also try the Wheatsheaf Inn in the nearby village of Brigsteer, it’s also worth a visit if you are in the area!
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