Around Arnside.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Grubbins Wood - New Barns - Frith Wood - Blackstone Point - White Creek - Arnside Point - Park Point - Far Arnside - Heathwaite - Copridding Wood - New Barns - Grubbins Wood - Arnside.

Notes. I make no apologies for being boring, making yet another visit to Arnside, but I was fed up, confined to the house by the South Lakeland weather, wind and rain battered the front window. By mid afternoon sunny spells between the heavy showers had got longer, with haste I slung my bag and boots in the back of the car, it wasn't the Lake District or the Dales of Yorkshire but it would do, welcome to a rather breezy Arnside.

My god, it was windy, one of those winds that takes the breath away, what you remember the most is the tremendous noise. Head down against the onslaught, invisible hands pushing me backwards I battled on. My route down the estuary got easier the further down I wandered, passed Grubbins Wood and a fallen tree, then round New Barns Bay, I chose the cliff path above Blackstone Point, taking care not to get near the edge. After crossing the shingle bank at White Creek I opted to walk on the beach, even though the tide was rising, I'd be safe walking in the lea of the cliffs, at least I won't be blown from them. Round Arnside Point then Park Point I wandered before reaching the shingle beach at Far Arnside, here I turned my back on the sands of the bay.

I wandered through Far Arnside to be met by a finger-post inviting me to Arnside and the Knott, I obliged walking along the edge of sheep pastures before ascending Heathwaite, at the next path junction another finger-post announced I'd just stepped onto the bridleway leading to Arnside, a little further along said bridleway yet another trusty finger-post, this time pointing in the direction of Copridding Wood and New Barns, with this path under foot I descended to the coast. Once back on the edge of the Kent Channel with dark cloud rolling out of the Lake District, I was glad my return was wind assisted, all the way to the bar of the Ye Olde Fighting Cocks.

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Blustery Arnside with views down the Kent Channel.

Meathop Fell as seen across upper Morecambe Bay.

Viewing the limestone cliffs of Whitbarrow.

Hampsfell above Grange-over-Sands, as seen from Blackstone Point.

From the edge of White Creek the long finger of Humphrey Head.

Arnside Park seen across White Creek.

The shingle bank at White Creek with views to Frith Wood.

The Newton Fells, Meathop Fell with Frith Wood above Blackstone Point, all seen from near Arnside Point.

Looking to Park Point where limestone cliffs meet the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay.

Views towards Park Point with the white washed buildings of Grange-over-Sands in the distance.

Limestone scenery near Far Arnside.

Humphrey Head seen across the sands of Morecambe Bay.

Beyond Silverdale Bay the cliff and green fields of Know End.

My route along the edge of Arnside Park.

From the shingle beach at Far Arnside views to Know End Point.

Heathwaite seen from the tarmac lane passing through Far Arnside.

I've just passed through the gate, so pause to admire the views over the Silverdale coast.

Hampsfell seen from Capridding Wood.

A stolen view to Whitbarrow before vanishing into the trees.

Sunlight dances across the rising waters of Morecambe Bay.

The Kent Viaduct backed by dark cloud rolling out of the Lakeland hills.

Arnside before the storm.

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