A Circuit from Arnside including Eaves Wood and Castlebarrow.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Ash Meadow - Red Hills Road - Knott Lane - Arnside Knott Wood - Arnside Tower - Middlebarrow Wood - Eaves Wood - King William's Hill - Castlebarrow - Holgates - Far Arnside - Park Point - Arnside Point - Frith Wood - Blackstone Point - New Barns - Ash Meadow - Arnside.

Notes. This walk follows paths through coppice woodland over limestone pavements, through limestone grassland and along the shore above craggy sea cliffs into vast vistas. Time was against me, but with fine weather forecast I took the opportunity to muddy my boots. So it was the short drive to Arnside for a bracing walk through an abating storm with a foreign name, the third in as many weeks.

I parked at the far end of The Promenade, I was heading down the estuary, also returning via the same path. The wind was howling the tide ebbing, the tall trees bordering Ash Meadow were performing some kind of weird dance, it occurred to me to keep one eye open for falling debris as I wandered down the estuary. With a little haste I ascended the narrow alleyway rising behind the old boatyard, this deposited me on Red Hills Road safely away from cavorting trees.

It was a short walk over the tarmac of Red Hills Road to its junction with Knott Lane, I ascended Knott Lane continuing passed Arnside Knott car park before crossing the shoulder of The Knott. The path wide and well trod descended through Arnside Knott Wood depositing me in Arndale opposite the drive accessing Arnside Tower Farm and the tower itself, the oldest building in the parish. This rare free standing pele tower was built in the late 14th to early 15th centuries, it has a interesting history which I don't intend to go into on this short wander.

I wandered behind the tower to access a ladder stile, crossed opting to follow the left hand path. This narrow trod guided me up hill in the company of a dry stone wall, over a couple of limestone scarps and weathered pavements before depositing me in Eaves Wood. The wind was still howling but the trees up here on King William's Hill are amiable, I'd no doubt their limbs would stay attached.

Immediately after crossing the stile into Eaves Wood I turned right, with a less walked path under foot and another dry stone wall for company I picked my way west. After passing through a gate a large glade opened out to my left, beyond the sprinkling of trees and limestone grassland the twisted yews, birch and oak bordering the escarpment of Castlebarrow could clearly be seen, now all I had to do was find a path that would guide me there. I ascended Castlebarrow from it's western end, at the other end overlooking Silverdale is an old friend the Pepper Pot, the views from this condiment shaped obelisk are stunning, unfortunately the noise omitting from that end of this small escarpment was deafening, it sounded like a children's birthday party, and probably was. Not wanting to gate crash I stayed at the quiet end, the Pepper Pot can tell me all about it next time I visit.

I left Castlebarrow, descended to a stile allowing access to Middlebarrow Plane and Holgates, the path ushered me to a children's play area, I turned left, wandered through the caravan park hunting for a field path leading to Far Arnside, once located it was a short hop to the coast followed by a section of stunning cliff top walking. With the wind ripping across the bay whipping the trees of Arnside Park into a wild frenzy I teetered along narrow paths, round Park Point then Arnside Point I carefully picked my way, I crossed the shingle bank at White Creek to access Frith Wood. Like the incoming tide the wind gets funneled into the narrow mouth of Upper Morecambe Bay, for the first time today I feared I may get blown off my feet, or worse, the cliffs at Blackstone Point are quite high. Never fear I emerged into New Barns unscathed, if not a little wind swept. After wandering round the edge of the bay it was a short walk back up the estuary to Arnside, outings end and a most enjoyable outing it was.

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Ascending the tarmac lane to Arnside Knott car park, the view, across Upper Morecambe Bay Meathop Fell with the village of Lindale sandwiched between Hampsfell and the Newton Fells.

Sunlight dances across Meathop Marsh painting the cliffs of Whitbarrow.

Know End Point reaches out into the silvery seascapes of Morecambe Bay.

My guide through Arnside Knott Wood.

Ruinous Arnside Tower with Arnside Knott rising to the left.

Dwarfed, twisted oaks fight for a root hold in the limestone of King William's Hill.

Morecambe Bay seen from Castlebarrow.

It's quite noisy up here today, the views make up for the disturbance, just ignore the racket, pretend you're alone and drink them in.

Heathwaite as seen from Far Arnside.

Walkers enjoy a bracing ramble above the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay.

View taken through a magical play of light to the vast arc of the Lancashire coast.

Mud and sand, shifting channels and treacherous quick sands, it's a very special place the vast expanse of Morecambe Bay.

Viewing Frith Wood and the salt marsh at White Creek from near Arnside Point.

Above the cliffs at Blackstone Point looking down on the remains of a short jetty.

Capturing the sun the Whitbarrow Scar cliffs and White Scar cliffs of Whitbarrow.

The Kent Viaduct.

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