Heathwaite and Arnside Knott.

Stert. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Grubbins Wood - New Barns - Frith Wood - Blackstone Point - White Creek - Arnside Point - Park Point - Far Arnside - Heathwaite - Arnside Knott - Red Hills - Red Hills Wood - High Knott Road - Red Hills Road - Silverdale Road - Arnside.

Notes. Precipitation in various guises today, the fell forecast was abysmal, rain, sleet and snow I can handle, it was the threat of lightning that kept me beneath the sheets. I crawled out of bed late to be greeted by sunshine, immediately I slung some gear in my bag, pointed the car south, destination Arnside, well why not. This is a classic walk, a chance to wander along the edge of Morecambe Bay before ascending through the coppiced woodland of Arnside Park, a stroll across the low ridge of Heathwaite with stunning views over Morecambe Bay and east over the rolling grass land, woodland and crags of Arnside and Silverdale, a respite before the short leg burning climb to the summit of Arnside Knott. It has it all if you don't get cut off by the rising tide.

Arnside welcomed me with a few drops of rain and a fast rising tide threatening to sever my link to Arnside Park and the rest of the coast, with haste in my step I headed down the estuary. The tide may have been racing in but my route was fairly dry. After skirting the edge of New Barns it was obvious to maintain dry feet, rounding Blackstone Point was not an option, an old quarry allowed access to Frith Wood and the path above the cliffs at Blackstone Point. Once deposited at White Creek, the shingle bank helped preserve the status quo, the rest of my coastal walk was on narrow cliff top paths with dizzy views to a churning sea beneath my feet backed by stunning vistas across Morecambe Bay. I continued along the coast until reaching the shingle beach at Far Arnside.

At this point I turned my back on the coast, passing through a metal gate to the rear of the beach, I ascended between holiday homes to a road junction, then doubling back on a path signed Arnside, this allowed me to pick up a couple of paths ascending through Arnside Park. The first junction was obvious, a wide path on the right just after passing through a wall gap, the second not so. At grid ref 438 769 I abandoned the obvious path I was treading, ascending past some deer fences, I was soon striding out across Heathwaite enjoying stunning views as far as a rain soaked Ingleborough in the east. A good path now guided me to a major junction, paths radiated in many directions, it was Arnside Knott for me. After ascending to the summit, I had my usual wander around before descending through Red Hills to access Red Hills Wood, the path through the wood abandoned me on High Knott Road from where it was a short walk back via the tarmac of Red Hills and Silverdale Roads.

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The Compensation Pier at Arnside marks the start of todays short excursion.

Grange-over-Sands seen over the fast rising waters of upper Morecambe Bay.

Grubbins Wood across New Barns Bay.

Above the cliffs at Blackstone Point looking to Grange-over-Sands.

Blackstone Point where limestone cliffs mark the ragged edge where land meets sea.

High tide at White Creek, looking north to Frith Wood and sylvan Meathop Fell.

Wandering along the fringe where Arnside Park meets the salt water of Morecambe Bay.

The Newton Fells seen from near Park Point.

Wandering along the tide line en route to Far Arnside with this view for company, Know End Point across Silverdale Bay.

One of Silverdales secret corners, the shingle beach at Far Arnside.

In Arnside Park strolling between deer fences, into....

....views to Heysham across Morecambe Bay, squint you can just make out a hazy Blackpool Tower to the right of Heysham Power Stations.

From the ascent of Arnside Knott views over Arnside Park taking in Humphrey Head and the grey finger of the Furness Peninsula.

The Green fields and not so green fields of Arndale seen from above the southern slopes of Arnside Knott.

Upper Morecambe Bay as seen from Red Hills.

Also on view from Red Hills, Foulshaw Moss backed by the White Scar cliffs of Whitbarrow and a rain washed Lyth Valley.

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