Middlebarrow and Copridding.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Black Dyke Road - Hagg Wood - Middlebarrow Wood - Eaves Wood - Middlebarrow Wood - Arnside Tower - Arnside Knott Wood - Capridding Wood - New Barns - Arnside.

Notes. Today's walk came as a bit of an after thought, I'd sat down to plan this weekends wanderings when I suddenly decided the weather was too good to ignore, an afternoon walk seemed a good idea, I hadn't got long so it was the short drive to Arnside, on a hazy day with no long distance views I would spend a few hours exploring the woodland of Arnside and Silverdale.

My afternoon started heading south along Black Dyke Road, just before the railway crossing a fingerpost directed me to Middlebarrow Wood, I followed this path skirting the edge of the railway line to enter the said wood, passing the entrance to a quarry (disused) a pile of large limestone boulders marked my ascent route, climbing higher with every step I followed the southern edge of the precipice until a gap in the wall allowed access to Eaves Wood. After passing through a gate a footpath approaching from my right lead to a stile, I crossed to re-enter Middlebarrow Wood, this path I followed down the hill passing Arnside Tower en route to Arnside Knott Wood, striding out on a good bridleway across the lower slopes of Arnside Knott I soon reached a finger post clearly directing me through Copridding Wood to New Barns Bay, the final stretch of my journey was along the edge of the Kent Channel back to Arnside.

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Heading south along Black Dyke Road with views over the railway line to Underlaid Wood.

Rising above Hagg Wood the sylvan slopes of Arnside Knott.

Looking to Middlebarrow Wood.

The subject of limestone, the massive scar of the Middlebarrow Quarry, now disused.

From above the quarry stunning views to the north, across the skyline Underlaid Wood, to the left Haverbrack Bank.

Limestone pavements in Middlebarrow Wood.

Descending to Arnside Tower.

The first glimpse of Arnside Tower backed by the steep southern slopes of Arnside Knott.

Arnside Tower as seen from the south.

The sad remains of Arnside Tower, the oldest building in the parish, built in the 14th to 15th century, partially dismantled between 1684-1690, the houses of Beetham and Knowsley needing the stone, finally destroyed by a rather fearsome storm in 1884.

The imposing southern face of Arnside Knott seen from Arnside Tower Farm.

On the lower much gentler slopes of Arnside Knott descending through Copridding Wood.

From Copridding Wood views over upper Morecambe Bay.

The Kent Channel at New Barns Bay.

Whitbarrow Scar seen from New Barns Bay.

Views north to the Kent Viaduct.

Frith Wood seen across the combined waters of the Rivers Kent and Bela.

Stunning views to the south from near Arnside.

Low tide at Arnside.

Arnside Pier with a stunning view over the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay.

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