A Short Walk from Arnside.
Route. Arnside (Briery Bank) - Black Dyke Road - Arnside Moss - Carr Bank Road - Hazelslack - Underlaid Wood - Beetham Fell - Cockshot Lane - Haverbrack Bank - Sandside - Arnside/Hincaster Railway (disused) - Arnside - Church Hill - Recreation Ground - Briery Bank.
Notes. I make no apologies for walking out of Arnside again today, it's near home and I love it, unfortunately so do loads of other people. Things to do this morning so I didn't arrive until late afternoon, could I find a parking space, could I hell, in the end I parked at the top of Briery Bank, which worked out quite well as the path I wanted started at the bottom of the hill. My intention was to wander over Beetham Fell and Haverbrack Bank, then hopefully stroll down the estuary at sun set.
After lacing my boots and throwing my bag over my shoulder I descended Briery Bank, at the foot of the hill a finger-post directed me over Arnside Moss, this path I followed. My route crossed the railway line before passing through cow pastures, at Hazelslack I joined the old coffin route over Beetham Fell, this dead straight path guided me along the edge of fields to access Underlaid Wood. Still plumb straight the path climbed through coppice woodland, a small kink allowed the path to cut up a rake in the first row of the Whin Scar cliffs, a few yards further on I reached the Fairy Steps, a narrow fissure in the second row of cliffs, a most popular spot. Popular was an under statement today, I couldn't get near, I stood in disbelief, gave up any chance of a photo, turned my back on the throng and followed a finger-post promising access to Cockshot Lane.
In all intense and purpose I was now walking a ridge, if it hadn't been for the tree cover the views would be quite stunning, unfortunately tree cover was all I had. The path guided me to Cockshot Lane where I turned right then left into yet more woodland. Now ascending Haverbrack Bank, I was still on the ridge, the views remaining hidden by tree cover, when I spilled out of the woodland the views were stunning, big skies and vast vistas over upper Morecambe Bay, through the mouth of Lyth Valley as far as the hills of Lakeland.
After a five minute break enjoying the sweeping scenery I descended a green trod under foot, a dry stone wall to my right, the path crossed a narrow lane to enter more woodland before ejecting me on the Sandside Road. On this occasion because the sand was hard and dry I followed the edge of the Kent Channel rather than the road, joining the road when the channel swung inland and the Morecambe Bay sand became too soft to take my weight.
A short walk over tarmac brought me to a gate on the estuary side, I passed through said gate to join the old track bed of the Arnside/Hincaster railway, now an excellent foot-path. Just over a mile of exquisite walking followed as the sun dipped over the horizon and darkness begun to fall. This foot-path terminated at Arnside Station, I crossed the foot-bridge, then turned right, a few yards down the road a finger-post invited me to Chapel Hill. This path I followed, after passing between housing I joined a tarmac road which passed the church terminating at the recreation ground, I traversed the field, on the other side Briery Bank and the patiently waiting car.
view route map.
Looking to Beetham Fell from Briery Bank.
Traversing Arnside Moss viewing the white washed buildings of Carr Bank.
Hazelslack Tower marks the point you step onto the Arnside to Beetham coffin route.
Approaching Underlaid Wood.
This plumb straight route was used to transport departed loved ones from Arnside and the surrounding area to the consecrated ground at Beetham.
Heading north with the Fairy Steps and coffin route behind me, walking a ridge, not a lot to see.
That's better, on Haverbrack Bank with stunning views over upper Morecambe Bay.
Sit a while, we've earned it, let the Kent Channel carry the eye to the mouth of Lyth Valley and a skyline of Lakeland favourites.
Foulshaw Moss across Milnthorpe Sands.
Early evening over the Kent Channel and the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay.
Striding out over the salt marsh at Sandside.
Ripples in the sand.
The sea front at Sandside.
Stunning views in equally stunning light, Whitbarrow over the Kent Channel.
In golden light Meathop Fell backed by Hampsfell seen from the salt marsh to the north of Arnside.
Arnside Knott under the warm light of the setting sun.
Again the setting sun's painting the landscape, this foot-path linking Sandside and Arnside once carried rail passengers to this delightful corner of Cumbria.
Resplendent light over Hampsfell as day turns to night.
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