A Circuit from Arnside including Underlaid Wood and Arnside Knott.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Arnside Railway Station - Sandside - Haverbrack Fell - Underlaide Wood - Fairy Steps - Hazrlslack - Arnside Moss - Arnside.

Notes. A late start today, just as well it was pouring down all morning, when the sun finally broke through I was in Arnside at the start of a ten mile ramble taking in coast, woodland and as much high ground as I could find.

From the picturesque railway station at Arnside my route took me north along the coast, through Sandside before reaching a small copse as the road swung inland, a path ascends through the wood to reach Haverbrack Fell, I passed through the gate at the top of the fell, now heading south on a good path through dense woodland to reach a tarmac lane, right along the lane then almost immediately left to enter Underlaid Wood en route to Whin Scar, a short stop above the Fairy Steps before following the Old Coffin Route west to Hazelslack.

Opposite Hazelslack Tower a footpath runs through a small caravan site, I follow this passing through a slit stile to reach Cold Well Lane at it's junction with Storth Road, the footpath carries on on the other side of the lane, the finger-post reads Hagg Wood, I follow this path winding my way round ancient salt pits before passing under the railway, here I turned sharp right along the edge of the railway to reach a farm. The ascent through Hagg Wood followed, I soon found myself on the Silverdale Road heading up hill to enter Red Hills Wood followed by the ascent over Red Hills to Arnside Knott. I descended north west on the main path passing the sad remains of The Knotty Tree then a view indicator before entering Capridding Wood on the final part of the descent to New Barns Bay, all that remained was a straight forward wander back along the edge of the Kent Channel.

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Quaint, the railway station serving Arnside.

Seen from the extensive salt marsh between Arnside and Sandside the hills of the High Street massif seen through Lyth Valley.

Arnside Knott as seen from the approach to Sandside.

Over the Kent Channel the once sea washed cliffs of Whitbarrow Scar.

Viewing Arnside Knott from the seafront Sandside.

Across the channel Foulshaw Moss backed by the blue/grey hills of Lakeland.

On the slopes of Haverbrack Fell with a stunning view to the north.

To the east the limestone plateaus of Farleton and Holmepark Fells.

This will be the last view for some time the next two miles will be spent rambling through dence woodland, to the left Milnthorpe Marsh, the right Heversham Flats.

On Whin Scar above the Fairy Steps looking to Arnside Knott with Hampsfell across the Kent Channel.

From the salt pits on Black Dyke views to the sylvan slopes of Arnside Knott.

Crossing another salt pit this time with views to Middlebarrow Wood.

On Red Hills with a wonderful view to the unmistakable flat top of Ingleborough.

Red Hills provides a fine view point, seen over the Kent Channel, Whitbarrow Scar dropping in to Lyth Valley, to the right Scout Scar all backed by the Lake District skyline.

To the west wonderful silvery seascapes.

Spectacular views over the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay, the Furness Peninsula can just be seen disappearing into a silver/grey horizon.

The view down to New Barns Bay.

On the edge of New Barns Bay looking to Frith Wood.

In the distance the Kent Viaduct marking journeys end.

Sandwiched between darkening skies and the sands of the bay, Hampsfell above Grange, to the right Meathop Fell, slightly closer, dark today Holme Island.

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