Arnside, Silverdale, Coast and Woodland.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Ash Meadow - New Barns - Frith Wood - Blackstone Point - White Creek - Arnside Point - Park Point - Far Arnside - Holgates - Cove Road - Cove Lane - Silverdale Cove - The Lots - Silverdale - Lindeth Road - Wolf House - Gibraltar Farm - Jack Scout - Jenny Brown's Point - Fleagarth Wood - Hollins Lane - Stankelt Road - Silverdale Green - Bottom's Lane - Eaves Wood - Waterslack Wood - Middlebarrow Quarry - Middlebarrow Wood - Arndale - Hagg Wood - Black Dyke Road - Arnside.

Notes. This extraordinary place is famous for amazing wildlife, stunning scenery and superb walking and, it’s my favourite place in the whole of North West England. From stunning flora to the shimmering sands and shifting channels of Morecambe Bay, remarkable limestone pavements, ancient woodland to wild flower meadows and an un spoilt coastline. Come along you know you want to, we’ll explore limestone pavements beneath ancient Yews with twisted trunks and gnarly root systems, in contrast we’ll wander through coppice woodland of Hazel and Ash alive with bird song, wild flower meadows and the sands of the bay, this walk will introduce you to the lot, it’s a stunner.

From Arnside I wandered down the estuary as I have so many times before, passed Ash Meadow and the old boat yard where I stepped onto the mud of the bay. I continued Morecambe Bay mud clinging to my boots, the path skirted New Barns Bay before traversing a shingle bank at the south end of the small bay. With the sound of limestone ringing from beneath my boot soles I picked my way to an old quarry, small, overgrown and not so obvious, here I entered Frith Wood.

Through coppice woodland I strolled, above the cliffs at Blackstone Point, spilling from the tree cover at White Creek. You may if you wish wander along the shingle bank to access the cliff top path skirting Arnside Park, I opted to wander across the sands, joining said path at Arnside Point where a handy rake allows easy access. Once up said rake it was a straight forward stroll through woodland above sea washed cliffs to the tiny hamlet of Far Arnside.

After passing through Far Arnside field paths guided me to Holgates, way marked paths then ushered me through the holiday park to Cove Road, a short walk over tarmac deposited me at the junction with Cove Lane, I followed said lane to Silverdale Cove. This small cove hemmed in on two sides by limestone cliffs was quite busy, I hastened on not wanting to hang around. Above Red Rake (an old copper and hematite mine) the path guided me, then across the wild flower meadows of The Lots before ejecting me into Silverdale village at the junction with Shore Road and Lindeth Road. South I strolled the tarmac of Lindeth Road under foot, on reaching the Wolf House I turned right into a narrow lane, this lane accesses Jenny Brown’s Point. It ushered me passed Gibraltar Farm and Lindeth Tower to a stile allowing admittance to Jack Scout. Flower studded pastures (at the right time of year), rocky headlands and hidden ways to pebble beaches, a restored Lime Kiln, Giants Seat and the highest sea cliffs in Lancashire welcomes the visitor to Jack Scout, it’s a special place, I casually strolled through.

After wandering along the ragged edge where land meets sea the narrow trod ejected me into the lane I’d left around 20 minutes earlier. A short walk round Jenny Brown’s Point followed, passed the Browns Houses and Smelt Mill Chimney to access a path junction, a finger post inviting me to many destinations. At this point I opted for an easy ascent through Fleagarth Wood, this is a great place to come in Spring when the wood garlic is flowering. An obvious wide path guided me to Hollins Lane where I turned right to access Stankelt Road, a left turn then saw me heading over tarmac towards Silverdale.

En route to Silverdale I reached the quaint hamlet of Silverdale Green, believed to be the original village of Silverdale, two lanes run north I opted for the second on the right. After passing a row of quaint cottages I left the lane stepping onto a green farm track, this little used trod ushered me passed the front of the farm depositing me at a field gate, I entered sheep pastures. Pastoral walking followed before accessing Bottoms Lane, I turned towards Eaves Wood, a short walk over tarmac deposited me at a road junction, opposite a finger post promised access to Eaves Wood.

Into Eaves Wood I climbed, broad woodland paths then ushered me east between the plantings of Victorian entrepreneurs. Ignoring the path to Eaves Wood car park I followed the path towards Waterslack, when the path swung left ascending the hill I followed a fork to the right, this trod guided me through Waterslack Wood depositing me at the vast scar of Middlebarrow Quarry (disused). I now had the Furness Railway to my right, it would guide me into Middlebarrow Wood then hopefully through the fields of Arndale. I’d one misgiving, we’d had a lot of rain the passed two days, the path may be under water. As it happened parts were, but I successfully passed through the fields just about escaping with dry feet. After skirting the edge of Hagg Wood my route crossed a small paddock before a narrow track accessed Black Dyke Road, the start of a short walk over tarmac back to the Arnside sea front.

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Whitbarrow seen over the Kent Estuary from the sea front at Arnside.

Across the divide of upper Morecambe Bay, Hampsfell and the buildings of Grange-over-Sands.

New Barns Bay looking to Grubbins Wood.

Striding out through the coppice woodland of Frith Wood.

Viewing Arnside Point from the sea washed turf at White Creek, you can just make out the path rising to the cliff top.

On the approach to Arnside Point looking back over White Creek to the limestone cliffs of Meathop Fell.

View taken along the cliffs towards Arnside Point.

For miles and miles, the stunning view from Park Point.

Strolling through the woodland of Arnside Park.

On a narrow cliff top path enjoying stunning views to the Lancashire coast.

Heading along this narrow cliff top path, viewing Silverdale. If you've walked with me before you may remember the last time we came this way it was possible to walk directly across the sands to Silverdale, as we did.

Distant Grange-over-Sands seen along the ragged edge where land meets sea.

Showers sweeping along the Lancashire coast, viewed from Silverdale Cove.

In Jack Scout above the highest sea cliffs in Lancashire, enjoying spectacular views over Morecambe Bay.

En route through Jack Scout.

Clougha Pike grey on the horizon, as seen from Jenny Brown's Point.

A small slice of our industrial past, the smelt mill chimney at Jenny Brown's Point.

Striding out through Fleagarth Wood.

From sheep pastures near Silverdale village views to Eaves Wood.

One of many footpaths through Eaves Wood.

Moss veneered limestone pavements in Waterslack Wood.

If you've gone the right way you'll pass this mighty oak.

Sunlight paints the pastures of Arndale, viewing sylvan Arnside Knott.

The route ahead, the Furness Railway and a full drainage ditch to the right and a damp path under foot.

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