Duration: About 1 hour.
A short walk through delightful woods (very photogenic on a sunny day or in autumn), followed by a steep climb up the scalp itself for a commanding view. The climb up the scalp requires a bit of scambling and is probably unsuitable for young children (say below 7 or 8 years old).
Path through the woods
- At the north end of the car park, follow the path (through a gap in the fence). After a short distance, a narrow path crosses the main path dropping steeply downhill from left to right. Take this path. Soon it levels out and curves left.
- On reaching a gate leading onto the road through the Scalp, turn left along the road. A short distance on the left is a gate where the old road continues straight and the new road bends to the right. Cross onto the old road and start climbing up the scalp.
- Bear to the right up the slope towards a large slab of rock, then bear left below the cliff and scree to reach a grassy slope which leads to the top of the cliffs. The slope up the scalp is quite steep and requires a bit of a scramble.
- At the top, enjoy the view! There are many small paths leading away from the top – follow any of them heading away from the cliffs to reach a wider path through the woods. Follow this path.
- At the T-junction continue straight and follow this path back to the car park. An alternative is to take the left turn at the T-junction for a slightly different route back.
- This walk can be easily extended to include Carrickgollogan and the Lead Mines Chimney.