Warton Crag from Silverdale.

Start. Silverdale.

Route. Silverdale (Shore Road) - Lindeth Road - Wolf House - Jack Scout - Jenny Brown's Point - Crag Foot - Crag Road - Occupation Road (track) - Warton Crag - Coach Road - Summer House Hill - Leighton Hall - Grisedale - Leighton Moss - The Trough - Trowbarrow - Red Bridge - Eaves Wood - Wood Edge - Silverdale.

Notes. It was a Bank Holiday Monday, I found myself in Silverdale after ferrying the boss to work, time is of the essence as I have to pick her up later, letting her walk home in high heels is not an option. Warton Crag from Silverdale always comes up trumps, I could make it as long or short as I liked, keeping one eye on the time I managed a ten mile ramble, stopping often to drink in the scenery.

After parking in Shore Road near the Silverdale Hotel I let the tarmac surface of Lindeth Road guide me to the Wolf House, here I accessed the narrow lane leading passed Lindeth Tower to Jenny Brown's Point. I strolled down said lane reaching Jenny Brown's via a short de-tour through Jack Scout, here flower-studded meadows carry the eye to a rocky headland, hidden ways guide the walker to pebble beaches, if it's as far as you get your day won't be wasted. Once passed the Brown's Houses and Smelt Mill chimney I joined the embankment, the path was signed Quakers Stang it deposited me at Crag Foot where I accessed Crag Road for a steep climb over tarmac. Near the top of the ascent a finger-post invited me to walk the Occupation Road, this stoney track ushered me up the shoulder of Warton Crag, I left it at the first opportunity, a gate and stile on the right allowed access to scrub land, a narrow trod lead the way. Between limestone scars I wandered, through head high bracken, after passing through a gate I entered coppice woodland, more scrub and even more bracken, finding the path needed to reach the summit proved difficult even though I've been this way many times.

Once a feature christened the Perch Blocks was reached the path to the summit was obvious, once at the summit I rested a while, drank tea and chatted to other walkers. Turning my back on the summit I opted for the right of two paths, this guided me to a feature locally known as the split rock, I swung right descending a wonderful trod carved from the limestone cliff face, a narrow rack directed me down the hill. Once clear of the cliffs good paths steered me to the foot of the Occupation Road where I stepped onto the tarmac surface of Coach Road next to a Pinfold. An enclosure to keep stray livestock, held by the Pound Keeper until the owners paid a small fine for their return, it's now a picnic area and was full of alfresco diners, hence no photo.

With the tarmac of Coach Road under foot I wandered up hill, passed Manor House Farm and onto Peter Lane, (one road two names, possibly split by the old county boundary), I then wandered round the corner to access Summer House Hill. It might be a Bank Holiday Monday but I had Summer House Hill and the wide vistas over Leighton Park and Morecambe Bay to myself, I spent some time drinking them in, watched two Buzzards gliding and souring, effortlessly rising on the thermals, their plaintive mewing calls almost cat like.

Once the birds disappeared over Warton Crag I slung my bag back on my back and descended to the right of Leighton Hall, a narrow tarmac lane ushered me through Grisedale depositing me in the vast reed beds of Leighton Moss, a short walk over the causeway lead to a busy road, I turned right then left at a finger-post inviting the lucky rambler to Red Bridge and Trowbarrow. This path guided me through a geological feature known as The Trough, a trench cutting across the length of this limestone peninsula. The natural limestone walls of The Trough in turn ushered me to Trowbarrow Nature Reserve, once a vast quarry now home to rare flora and fauna. Time was getting on, I had Sue to pick up from work, I shunned Trowbarrow following the access track to Red Bridge then narrow roads to Eaves Wood. It's hard not to linger in Eaves Wood, I fought the temptation following the lower path to Wood Edge where I descended to Silverdale village and the patiently waiting car, with just enough time left to drive back to town.

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The Wolf House on Lindeth Road.

On Jack Scout looking to the dark finger of Humphrey Head.

Views to Morecambe and Heysham from Jack Scout.

The past endeavors of man, the embankment at Jenny Brown's Point, all that remains of an unsuccessful land reclamation scheme.

Wandering above the tide line of the whispering sea, looking out into Morecambe Bay.

Sylvan Warton Crag as seen from Jenny Brown's Point.

Heald Brow seen from the approach to Crag Foot.

Clinging to a reassuring path on the lower slopes of Warton Crag, looking to Arnside Knott.

Clear of the trees , looking to Jenny Brown's Point, Humphrey Head and a distant Furness Peninsula.

The Perch Blocks above Warton main quarry.

A wonderful view from the summit of Warton Crag, a slice of pastoral Lancashire....

....and in the other direction, shifting sand and salt marsh.

Leighton Park seen from Summer House Hill.

Again from Summer House Hill, the white washed buildings of Grange-over-Sands seen over Leighton Moss.

The stately pile of Leighton Hall.

Grisedale Farm passed en route to Leighton Moss.

The Trough, gateway to Trowbarrow.

Trowbarrow once echoed to the black blasting powder and hammers of man, now a nature reserve and playground for climbers, walkers and cyclists, it's a lovely place.

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