Walk Distance: 2.2 km
Walk Duration: 1 hr
Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer OL7, The Lake District, South Eastern Area; OS Landranger 97 Kendal & Morecambe
Suitable for: Babies in carriers, little legs, partly pushchairable, all the family.
Walk Features: farm animals, woodland, farm shop, cafe, toilets
‘We discovered Low Sizergh Barn Farm Walk when visiting Low Sizergh Barn as an alternative M6 motorway stop-off on our way south from Scotland. The farm is a great place for young families, with plenty of animal encounters, a good tea-room and a fantastic farm shop. You can even try some raw milk!
Our children loved the free-range hens on the farm walk (they followed along for that section of the walk), peering in the wildlife pond, seeing the growing tunnels and exploring the woods. The highlight though was timing our walk finish to coincide with milking time for the cows. You can watch them daily (approx. 3.45pm at time of writing, but check with the farm) either from the milking parlour door where there are platforms for the children to stand on or from the glass window in the tea-rooms.
The Low Sizergh Farm Walk is on permissive paths accessed as part of visit to Low Sizergh Barn. The farm provide a great walk leaflet or online downloadable route containing map, details of the features you pass and information about this special farm. As such, I’ve not described the walk here in usual detail.’
The Low Sizergh Barn Farm Walk starts from adjacent to the parking area at Low Sizergh Barn. Pick up a leaflet from by the information board ( near the old tractor) to see the route and read point-by-point information about the farm walk features on your wander. The boards are also great for finding out what wildlife and plants to look out for along the way.
The path sets off down a gentle slope, past the ‘little folk’ fairy sign.
At the bottom, turn right and follow the track. This will take you through a gate and into the free-range hen field where it’s likely you will be joined briefly on your walk by the inquisitive chickens.
Pass through another gate and continue on the path into a wooded copse. You will find a wildlife pond just down from here.
The path takes you across two fields before entering into lovely ancient woodland.
Follow the main track through the woods, where you will pass close to a caravan park. Further on in the woods there is the option to extend the Low Sizergh farm walk by taking a side path to the right – see the leaflet from the farm for details. Otherwise stay straight ahead on the main track.
You will come to a little footbridge and then pass through a small clearing beyond.
The path eventually emerges from the woodland onto farmland before rejoining the main path back to Low Sizergh Barn via the polytunnels of the Growing Well.
The Low Sizergh Barn Farm Walk finishes back at the car park, from where you can wander back to Low Sizergh Barn for welcome refreshments.
Map of Route:
The Low Sizergh Barn Farm Walk starts from the car park at Low Sizergh Barn, just off the A591 to Kendal. There is free parking at the farm.
Bus routes 555 & 552 pass Low Sizergh Farm but be aware that connecting to the farm from the bus stop requires walking alongside the fast and busy A591 without proper pedestrian access. It’s not a route I’d personally choose to take with children.
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