OverviewWalna Scar Road is an old mining road which serviced copper and slate mines earlier in the last century. These mines are long since disused but the road, or remnants of it, is still there. “Road” is a bit of a misnomer as this is a high track descending through rocky terrain from 1980ft to 197ft in three miles. The top part of the road is deep with exposed rocks and boulders which will challenge even an experienced handler. The latter stages are gentler as it runs into Coniston but still great fun. The only problem with Walner Scar is getting there! It involves a long climb and that is mostly pushing but it can be combined with some amazing scenery particularly if you get good weather! The loop here is only 11.4 miles but took us over 4 hours! Granted we did play a bit on some of the rocks!!!
Trail DescriptionThe trail starts outside a little village called Torver south of Coniston on the west side of the lake.
1. Climb up the steep lane called Old Rake which becomes Hummer Lane. Follow this for about one mile.
2. A Forest will come into view on the right-hand side. Go through the gate and look out for the blue arrows marking the bridlepath. Follow these which descend down narrow singletrack made up of slippery stones and roots.
3. You come out on a wide fire road. Turn right and follow this as far as you can and out of the forest. Pass through the gate and over the bridge called Natty Bridge. The track now becomes narrow.
4. Keep on climbing and be aware that you are going to the left of the hill in front of you. This hill is called White Pike. Take great care here as you can go horribly wrong and end up in a bog and the old mine workings. Not a lot of fun.
5. The track joins a wider recently maintained track. This is part of Walna Scar. Make sure you turn right and climb. It's steep! Keep going to the top.
6. At the top lower the saddle and enjoy the ride! Follow it right down into Coniston. There turn right on the main road and head back towards Hummer Lane. This is the low point as it is a three mile ride on main roads. There are other options for this loop which can reduce the road riding. One we are going to explore is to ride the best bit of Walna Scar, turn round and push up and descend back to Natty Bridge. From there take the trail on the right-hand side of the river and descend. I will post this when we next ride it!
Getting ThereFrom the North
From Ambleside take the A593 to Coniston. Drive through Coniston following signs for Torver. About half a mile through Torver park in the layby on the right.
From the South
From the A6 towards Kendal take the A5901(T) through Newby Bridge to Greenodd. Here turn right onto the A5092(T) towards Lowick Green. Turn right here on to the A5084 to Torver. At Torver turn left and look for the layby on the right after about half a mile.