Jenny Brown's Point and Warton Crag.
Start. Silverdale (Shore Road).
Route. Silverdale (Shore Road) - Lindeth Road - Wolf House - Jack Scout - Jenny Brown's Point - Quaker's Stang - Crag Foot - Crag Road - Occupation Road - Warton Crag - Beacon Breast - Potts Wood - Occupation Road - Coach Road - Pinfold - Summer House Hill - Leighton Hall - Grisedale - Leighton Moss - Storrs Lane - Red Bridge Road - Silverdale Golf Course - The Row - Lambert's Meadow - Burton Well - The Green - Stankelt Road _ Shore Road.
Notes. Aren't I the lucky one, I had a bit of a dillemma this morning, where to go. I live on the outskirts of Kendal, only half an hour from the hills of the Lake District, less to Sedbergh and the Howgill Fells, about the same to the three peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales and then out to the coast and the Silverdale/Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. See what I mean, I mentally tossed a coin, Silverdale came up trumps, a walk over Warton Crag, that will do nicely.
After parking near the Silverdale Hotel on Shore Road I headed along Lindeth Road letting the tarmac surface guide me to The Wolf House and the lane that descends to Jenny Brown's Point, I took the opportunity to have a wander around Jack Scout before reaching the point. Passed the Brown's Houses and smelt mill chimney I walked to access a foot-path running along the top of an embankment, a finger-post promised passage to Quacker's Stang, I followed this path passed Quacker's Stang then onto Crag Foot where I stepped onto Crag Road. With Tarmac under foot I ascended Crag Road, at the top of the rise another finger-post announced I'd reached a bridleway leading to the Coach Road, this stoney track is locally known as The Occupation Road, it's a highway of old sticking to the high dry ground over the shoulder of Warton Crag. It guided me to a nice new finger-post promising passage to Warton Crag Summit.
The summit of the crag has had a hair cut, it was almost unrecognisable, masses of tree felling and thinning has left the place light and airy. I sat around a while before descending over Beacon Breast through more cleared woodland, the path guided me to a fence line above Warton Main Quarry, now a car park and Nature Reserve, home to some sort of raptor, I can't remember which. After turning left layers of sloping limestone strata ushered me to a gate. Pass through this gate you descend to Crag Road and the delights of Warton, I swung left avoiding the village.
With a muddy path and dry stone wall for company I wandered on, through Potts Wood, over low limestone cliffs to be eventually ejected onto the Occupation Road (the one I left earlier) near it's junction with the Coach Road. I stopped for a brew at some conveniently placed picnic tables in a small enclosure out of the cold wind. Welcome to the Pinfold, more about that later.
I left the Pinfold following the tarmac surface of the Coach Road, this narrow ribbon of the grey stuff ushered me uphill to another finger-post, this time announcing the path went to Warton. It guided me through sheep pastures, passed a fine lime kiln then between limestone scars. Long narrow fields ran between the scars, after crossing the third field a high stone wall ran north and east down the hill, I followed this north passing through a small cops to access the path over Summer House Hill.
On some maps it's marked as a cairn, on others a tumuli, it's actually the remains of the gothic summer house the hill takes it's name from, built by the owners of Leighton Hall, I passed the thing, crossed the field then sat on a bench having another brew drinking in stunning views over Leighton Park. When the cold started to bite I descended to Leighton Hall, to the right of the hall a tarmac track descends to Grisedale Farm, I descended with it then strolled over the causeway at Leighton Moss, this ejected me into Storrs Lane where I turned left. I wandered passed the Leighton Moss Visitors Centre to reach the junction with Red Bridge Lane, I then turned right. Passed the railway station I walked to access a foot-path traversing Silverdale Golf Course, this well groomed trod deposited me in The Row where I joined a narrow path leading to Lambert's Meadow and Silverdale.
And that was about it, the weather was changing I'd be lucky to get back dry but there was one more thing to visit. I crossed Lambert's Meadow, turned left and made straight for Burton Well, one of the many springs that once supplied the villagers and their livestock with water. The rough track that guides visitors to the well guided me back to Silverdale, I reached the parked car with the first drops of rain falling, perfect.
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Jack Scout a place to enjoy awesome sunsets, explore hidden coves surrounded by the call of seabirds.
Above Cows Mouth Cove, the highest sea cliffs in Lancashire enjoying high tide views to Grange over Sands.
High tide at Jack Scout.
From hidden coves beneath limestone cliffs views to the white washed buildings of Grange over Sands.
High tide at Jenny Brown's Point.
The Smelt Mill Chimney, the remains of a copper smelter dating back to 1780-1820.
View taken across the salt marsh at Quaker's Stang.
A distant Farleton Fell seen from the embankment at Quaker's Stang.
The Browns Houses and the Smelt Mill Chimney.
The chimney at Crag Foot, once part of a pump house used to drain the wet lands of Leighton Moss.
Wandering through pleasing limestone scenery on the ascent of Warton Crag.
Impressive views from the summit of Warton Crag, there's a hill fort up here believed to be Late Bronze Age or Iron Age, to my untrained eye it's just a fell top.
Spectacular views over Beacon Breast down the Lancashire coast.
The prospect east from the layers of limestone strata guiding me off the hill.
Tide filled Morecambe Bay as seen over Warton Main Quarry.
Mentioned in the text above, a Pinfold, an enclosure where stray livestock were kept, rounded up by the Pinder (Pound Keeper) and held until the owners paid a fine for their return, now a lovely picnic site.
Originally built to provide lime mortar for the building of the Tower of London, Peter Lane Kiln.
From the fields of Grisedale views over the wet lands of Leighton Moss.
Big skies and bad weather brewing to the north of Grisedale.
Leighton Moss with views to sylvan Yealand Hall Allotment.
Finally Burton Well one of several found in this area, once used to supply water for the villagers and their livestock.
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