Sometimes, a long walk is just not necessary. Sizergh Fell is a mere ½ mile from Sizergh castle car park and is an amazing destination in all seasons. On a blowy autumn day, you can revel in the kiss of the wind on your cheeks and admire the beautiful colours in the surrounding woodlands. On a crisp winter morning the view over to the Lakeland fells, or the Howgills in the other direction are often crystal clear and snow covered. Springtime is a perfect time to listen out for the returning migrant birds such as the chiffchaff and the swallows. But it is early summer when the fell comes alive. In June and July the farmer keeps his stock out of the field leading up the hill from the castle, allowing the wild flowers to stake their claim. There is nowhere better to sit or lie, hidden by the gently swaying buttercups and scabius, admiring the amazing view across to the Howgill fells, as Green woodpeckers dart around, and the gentle buzz of the bees as they set to work on the flowers.
Natural England’s guide to limestone grasslands can be downloaded as a PDF and provides a lot more information.
The tenant farmer regularly has his cattle on the fell, sometimes including his Bull. It is a beef bull – which is considered safe. If you are taking your dog for a walk, just be aware that your dog can scare or harm farm animals, so keep it on a lead if around cattle, but let go if chased by cattle.
I work as an Assistant Ranger across the extremely diverse South and East Cumbria and Morecambe Bay area. Due to the wide ranging habitats that we look after, my job is extremely diverse - one day I might be repairing a wall overlooking a sea cliff and the next, I could be coppicing in ancient woodland, 50 miles from the sea, creating habitats for birds and insects.