A Short Loop from Silverdale.

Start. Silverdale (Shore Road).

Route. Silverdale (Shore Road) - Lindeth Road - Gibraltar Farm - Jack Scout - Jenny Brown's Point - Fleagarth Wood - Hollins Lane - Stankelt Road - Clark's Lots - Sharp's Lots - Woodwell Cliff - Woodwell - Bottom's Wood (Silverdale) - Stankelt Road - Shore Road.

Notes. No plans today the weather was dank, massive veils of dark cloud sweeping in from the west dumping buckets of water on their way through. I peered through the living room window a tiny chink of light cut through the grey, a slot that could herald a weather window. Boots, bag and camera went in the back of the car then we headed through heavy drizzle to Silverdale.

My hunch paid off, better weather greeted us. After parking next to the Silverdale Hotel on Shore Road we opted to follow a footpath next to Beach Garage, this guided us between housing, over a couple of limestone stiles before ejecting us onto Lindeth Road, we turned right, with tarmac under foot we strolled on to Gibraltar Farm, then joined the lane that passed Lindeth Tower. This narrow ribbon of tarmac guided us to Jack Scout, a stunning few acres of flower rich limestone grassland, a must visit, secret ways guide the visitor to hidden coves with superb views over Morecambe Bay.

We wandered slowly above limestone cliffs, the highest in Lancashire, the tide was rising pushing massive flocks of wading birds towards the shore, we watched for ages before continuing to Jenny Brown’s Point. Passed the 18th century Browns Houses we wandered, passed the Smelt Mill chimney then on to a finger-post promising passage to a number of destinations, we opted for Fleagarth Wood and Hollins Lane. The path skirted the edge of sheep pastures before climbing through ancient woodland between moss covered limestone scars, it deposited us in Hollins Lane near the junction of Stankelt Road.

The tarmac of Stankelt Road guided us towards Silverdale Green, but also to the access point to Clark’s Lots, we entered the rough limestone pasture, a green trod guided us passed woodland and limestone scars, through scrub then into Sharp’s Lots. Both these tracts of land are owned and managed by the National Trust, they're slowly returning them to natural grassland. The path ejected us back onto Stankelt Road next to the path to Woodwell, so it was Woodwell next.

This trod in turn guided us through woodland above Woodwell Cliff, through small meadows before a sudden sharp descent to Woodwell. The spring and pool at Woodwell are a popular place, we sat a while before continuing through Bottom's Wood, this path guided us through narrow ways, between hedge rows and dry stone walls, we finally spilled out onto Stankelt Road at it’s junction with Shore Road, a short stroll down hill and we were back at the parked car.

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home.

The lane to Jenny Brown's Point also guides the lucky rambler to....

....Jack Scout where this restored lime kiln welcomes you and....

....stunning views over Morecambe Bay.

The rising tide watched from Jack Scout.

Looking to Hampsfell and the white washed buildings of Grange-over-Sands.

Dark across the horizon Ward's Stone and the notched summit of Clougha Pike seen from Jenny Brown's Point.

Warton Crag viewed from Jenny Brown's Point.

I don't know what they were, or what they were used for but they make for a good photograph.

Dark across the horizon sylvan Warton Crag.

The rising tide at Quicksand Pools with views to Clougha Pike and the Forest of Bowland.

The Brown's Houses date back to the 18th century, there's evidence they starting life earlier as some kind of industrial building.

North of Warton Marsh across Quicksand Pools nestled below the woodland of Heald Brow, dominating this beauty spot the Smelt Mill Chimney, once the centre of the copper smelting industry in these parts.

En route through Fleagarth Wood.

On road two names evidence this was once the county boundary between Lancashire to the right and the old county of Westmorland, now Cumbria.

Fungi in Clark's Lots.

The spring at Woodwell.

Our day ends with narrow ways guiding us through Silverdale.

 

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