Around the shore from Arnside to Silverdale.

Start. Oxenholme.

Route. Arnside - New Barns - Blackstone Point - White Creek - Arnside Point - Park Point - Far Arnside - Silverdale - Eaves Wood - King William's Hill - Castlebarrow - Middlebarrow Plane - Arnside Tower - Middlebarrow Wood - Arndale - Hagg Wood - Arnside.

Notes. This must be one of the most rewarding paths around Arnside, it includes both the shore with it's craggy limestone fringe, where the woodland of Arnside Park tumbles onto the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay, vast vistas and big skies. Today for a change, because the weather and tides made it possible and, the fact I'd strolled along the shore line yesterday so knew it was safe, we wandered across the bay making a b-line from the woods just east of Park Point to Silverdale. Two tiny insignificant dots walking through a landscape that can be so dangerous but at the same time so beautiful, it felt special, we felt privileged.

It was early as we rolled into Arnside, the tide was well and truly out, Morecambe Bay mud had baked solid over the last few days, the scene was set for a stunning outing. Down the estuary we walked, again it was safe enough to cut across New Barns Bay, we passed the remains of a short jetty as we rounded the cliffs at Blackstone Point. Our route cut across the sands at White Creek, the coastal path from White Creek to Far Arnside is possibly the finest stretch of coastal walking in the whole of North West England, we gave it a miss it was far more relaxing striding out over sun baked sand. We passed Arnside Point, it was a privilege viewing the shore line from a different perspective, at Park Point very soft sand forced us onto the cliff top path for a while, we were soon back on the beach.

It didn't take long to traverse the vast tract of sand to Silverdale, it was so tempting to continue but breakfast called, we wandered to the village shop, purchased breakfast then as I did yesterday headed to Castlebarrow Hill to dine. North through the village we walked, passed the Church of St John then on to the junction of Bottoms Lane, opposite the junction a welcome finger-post invited us into Eaves Wood. The footpaths in Eaves Wood are well signed, we opted for the Pepper Pot symbol, through dappled light we climbed, the path guided us up King William's Hill then south through a clearing to Castlebarrow, a small limestone escarpment with stunning views and rare fauna.

Once we'd dined we re-traced our steps across the clearing to a wicket gate we'd passed earlier, through it we went and immediately ascended a set of limestone steps that once allowed access to a summer house, the remains of which are visible. The path guided us into another clearing where a stile allowed access to Middlebarrow Plane, it seemed we'd stepped onto a Butterfly trail. With a narrow trod under foot, a dry stone wall to our right we slowly descended the hill, the path deposited us at the remains of Arnside Tower. We kept to the right of the tower, descended the hill to be greeted by a narrow stile, we squeezed through entering Middlebarrow Wood. With the fields of Arndale to our left and tree cover rising to our right we wandered on to be met by the embankment carrying the Furness Railway Line, a sharp left turn saw us exit the woods into the fields of Arndale. With the railway to our right and a green trod under foot we wandered towards Arnside, along the fringe of Hagg Wood before being spat out into a small paddock, across the field a gate and stile allowed access to Black Dyke Road, the start of a short tarmac walk back to the Arnside sea front.

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The Kent Viaduct backed by Whitbarrow.

From the edge of New Barns views to Meathop Fell with Hampsfell rising to the left.

Skirting the fringe where sylvan Arnside Park plunges onto the sands of Morecambe Bay.

Stunning views from Park Point.

Know End Point seen through a gap in the trees.

Back on the sun baked sands of the bay, viewing Know End Point backed by Clougha Pike.

Looking back along the jagged edge where land meets sea, or in this case the sands of Morecambe Bay.

The great sweep of Morecambe Bay, on the far horizon the squat towers of Heysham Power Stations.

Above Holgates, the flower rich grassland of Heathwaite.

Arnside Knott seen over the cliffs of Arndale.

Fancy a ridge walk, follow the coast from Arnside, ascend through the woodland of Arnside Park (far left) to access Heathwaite (top centre), then continue onto Arnside Knott before descending back to Arnside.

Approaching Silverdale.

From Castlebarrow stunning views to Silverdale village and the long finger of the Lancashire coast.

Amazing views such as this are to be had from the small limestone scar of Castlebarrow.

Arnside Tower the oldest building in the parish.

Striding out through Middlebarrow Wood.

Walking through the dappled light in Middlebarrow Wood, about to enter the fields of Arndale.

Arnside Knott as seen from field paths next to the railway line.

The sad remains of Arnside Tower guards a low insignificant pass, a few hundred years ago before the coming of drainage and later the builders of the railway, this would have been the only land route to Arnside and the surrounding villages.

The Compensation Pier at Arnside.

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