Around the Arnside Coast.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Ash Meadow - Grubbins Wood - New Barns - Arnside Point - Park Point - Far Arnside - Heathwaite - Arnside Knott - Red Hills - Red Hills Wood - Arnside.

Notes. Sitting on the edge of the estuary where the River Kent meets the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay lies Arnside a delightful little village, immortalised by Victorian businesmen who settled here with their families to escape the pandemonium of the industrial revolution. Low limestone hills, marshy planes and deciduous woodland, the vast expanse of Morecambe Bay with it's forever shifting sands and frightening tidal bore all add to the attraction. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there's something here for everyone, come with me for a stroll along the fore shore where in the later months of the year rod and line anglers gather for some of the most prolific flounder fishing in the country.

My morning started wandering south down the estuary, passing the lifeboat station I paused, over the bay an eerie silence had settled, a breeze cooled the air, a breeze that wasn't there before, I squinted into the distance, sea birds were taking flight from the mud flats opposite Grange, a sure sign the tide was on the move. I continued south to be met by the famous Arnside bore racing up the Kent Channel, the silence shattered by the sound of running water. I walked on a sense of urgency in my step, I needed to round Blackstone Point and cross the sands at White Creek but the salt water of the Irish Sea had other ideas. In the event I was forced to cut through New Barns caravan site to access the cliff top path to Far Arnside.

From Far Arnside way marked paths guided me up Heathwaite where I joined one of many paths ascending Arnside Knott, a leisurely wander around followed before passing through a wicket gate to access Red Hills, I descended the field then passed through Red Hills Wood before starting the short walk back through the streets of Arnside.

view route map.


The Kent Viaduct backed by Whitbarrow.

The sylvan slopes of Hampsfell seen across the Kent Channel.

South down the Kent Channel with the white washed buildings of Grange Over Sands in the distance.

The tidal bore, pictures don't do it justice, pick a spring tide after stormy weather and come see for yourself.

Within minutes the estuary's filled with water, a very different scene than a few minutes ago.

En route through Grubbins Wood, this path avoids the mud and slippery rocks encountered on the fore shore.

Views along the shingle bank at White Creek.

Humphery Head across Morecambe Bay.

Seen from the cliff top path near Park Point, White Creek and the limestone rock face guarding Methop Fell.

The way ahead, a stunning path on a day like today.

A favourite place of mine, the beach at Far Arnside.

From the shingle beach at Far Arnside wonderful views back along my route, over the waters of the bay, Grange Over Sands.

A slice of Far Arnside.

Looking to Heathwaite from Far Arnside.

On the ascent of Arnside Knott with views over Arnside Park.

On the far horizon seen from Arnside Knott, the flat top of Ingleborough.

The Howgill Fells as seen from near the summit of Arnside Knott.

The Kent Viaduct and Whitbarrow backed by a skyline of Lakeland giants.

Seen from Red Hills the Coniston massif.

Again from Red Hills a wonderful view to cloud capped Ingleborough.

High tide back in Arnside.

back to top

back to list