A Circuit of Arnside Knott.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Black Dyke Road - Black Dyke - Challan Hall Woods - Gait Barrows - Hawes Water - Red Bridge - Eaves Wood - King William's Hill - Holgates - Far Arnside - Park Point - Arnside Point - White Creek - Blackstone Point - New Barns - Arnside.

Notes. I was tied up with work commitments this morning, looking out the window I could see my plans for this afternoon slipping through my fingers, horizontal rain fueling a fast rising River Kent, slate grey skies, the only hope, the strong wind would blow the murk away. By noon it had but the fell forecast was dire, showers supported by strong winds, anything up to 85mph, as I didn't fancey a real good beating and probably blown over a few times I opted for the softer, a circuit of Arnside Knott, keep off the high ground and hope the wind coming in off the Irish Sea would be less strong.

I left Arnside following Black Dyke Road, just before the railway crossing a finger-post invited me to Middlebarrow and Waterslack, I followed this path, through a small paddock, then along the edge of Hagg Wood to reach another finger-post, Fairy Steps and Hazelslack. Following a concrete lane I passed under the railway line before crossing the long forgotten salt pits on Black Dyke, I emerged onto Black Dyke Road opposite a tastefully restored cottage, a short walk over tarmac followed to gain access to an old track leading to Challan Hall Wood, a finger-post pointed the way. This path followed the edge of Silverdale Moss before entering Challan Hall Wood, I emerged from the wood onto another length of tarmac, across the road a gate, stile and interpretation board marked the entrance to Gait Barrows. I entered the nature reserve to descend to Hawes Water, a hidden gem in the Silverdale landscape.

Following the boardwalk path along the east shore of Hawes Water I soon emerged onto Moss Lane, this stretch of tarmac carried me to Red Bridge where I stepped onto Red Bridge Road for the short walk to Eaves Wood. Many paths wind through this delightful wood, I opted for the one signed the Pepper Pot, a short walk and easy 250ft ascent saw me standing on the limestone scar of King William's Hill with stunning views over the Silverdale coast and shifting sands of Morecambe Bay. I reluctantly left the summit heading west, following a dry stone wall until a slit stile allowed access to Holgates, a short walk between holiday homes soon saw me striding through fields en route to Far Arnside. Yet more walking between holiday homes followed before the dense woodland of Arnside Park marked the start of the coast path. Wandering through the woodland alive with daffodils I soon stepped onto the cliff path. With journeys end now in sight I wandered on, rounding Park Point before descending to the beach at Arnside Point. I wandered across the sands at White Creek to reach the remains of the short jetty at Blackstone Point, just round the corner New Barns Bay marked the start of an easy stroll following the Kent Channel back to Arnside.

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High tide at Arnside, looking to the wooded cliffs of Meathop Fell and the sylvan slopes of Hampsfell.

Stunning views down the Kent Estuary with the pier and Victorian buildings of Arnside to the left with Grange over Sands across the channel.

Stepping back in time, strolling through the salt pits on Black Dyke, with views to Middlebarrow Wood.

En route to Challan Hall Wood looking to Silverdale Moss.

Viewing the cloud capped summits of Lakeland.

Ruins in the woods, I've passed this spot many times over the years and never noticed this ruin before, it's tall narrow and looks almost like a wheel house, it warrants further investigation but not today.

From one ruin to another, Arnside Tower stands proud on the skyline.

Silverdale Moss and the scar of the Middlebarrow Quarry.

Hawes Water an enigma in limestone country, folk law tells us this is the hunting ground of The Snig, a giant eel that leaves the water to hunt for prey, usually an unsuspecting sheep.

Challan Hall seen from the tranquil duckboard path along the east shore of the lake.

The beech circle in Eaves Wood.

Seen from Eaves Wood, The Row backed by Warton Crag.

Silverdale seen from the limestone summit of King William's Hill. home to the Pepper Pot with stunning views across Morecambe Bay.

The long finger of Humphrey Head seen from near the Pepper Pot.

Arnside Knott as seen from Holgates.

Woodland Daffodils line the path edge at the entrance to Arnside Park.

From the cliff path views along the Silverdale coast with Know End Point reaching out into the bay.

On a re-assuring cliff path where the woodland of Arnside Park reaches the sands of Morecambe Bay.

Near Park Point viewing Meathop Fell across the sands of White Creek.

Seen from Park Point, Grange over Sands in the shadow of Hampsfell.

Wonderful silvery seascapes carry the eye over the shifting sands to the silhouette of Humphrey Head.

This breach in the cliffs allows access to the beach.

Sea washed cliffs along the Arnside/Silverdale coast.

Approaching the remains of the short jetty at Blackstone Point.

Looking to the mouth of the Winster Valley with the grey/blue hills of the Lake District across the skyline, Red Screes and Caudale Moor backing Whitbarrow and the shadowed wooded slopes of Yewbarrow.

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