Eaves Wood and the Pepper Pot from Arnside.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Blackdyke Road - Blackdyke Farm - Arndale - Middlebarrow - Waterslack Wood - Eaves Wood - King William's Hill - Castlebarrow - Holgates - Far Arnside - Arnside Park - Park Point - Arnside Point - New Barns - Arnside.

Notes. This is a nice, between Christmas and New Year ramble, a chance to walk off the excesses of Christmas before moving on to New Years Eve. An easy walk from Arnside traversing several rocky tops on King William’s Hill. Hidden limestone pavements, stunning vistas and of course, this is Arnside so who can resist a stroll back along the coast, not us.

Our day started wandering passed Arnside Railway Station, the tarmac of Black Dyke Road guiding us passed properties both old and new, at Black Dyke Farm we left the road a signed footpath promised passage to Middlebarrow. Between farm buildings we wandered, through a small paddock then along the edge of Hagg Wood to access Arndale. The path continued the railway line to the left an electric fence the right, at the far side of the field a bridge and stile allowed access to Middlebarrow Wood. We continued, the railway line still to our left but now the steep sylvan slopes of Middlebarrow Hill to the right, the hill vanished abruptly at the massive scar of the disused Middlebarrow Quarry, once passed the quarry the path swung right ascending steep ground entering woodland.

This was Waterslack Wood, a good path ushered us between moss painted limestone scars, under the limbs of mature trees, at an obvious path junction we turned right, an easy ascent deposited us at a gap in a dry stone wall, we passed through said gap entering Eaves Wood. The ascent continued but now under the canopy of ancient Yews, it was dark eerily silent for little life exists in this part of the forest, limestone pavements kept us on track. We emerged into a clearing where a plethora of paths met, continuing along a path that guided us south-west before swinging south we soon reached a flight of stone steps and the remains of a ruined building. Once a summer house, built around 1830 to commemorate King William IV's accession to the throne.

After descending the steps we turned right, passed through a wall gap then continued through a large clearing, at the far side the small but perfectly formed limestone plateau of Castlebarrow, home to an old friend the Pepper Pot, built in 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s accession. Castlebarrow was busy so we continued walking west across the plateau to access a path leading into Holgates. Once in Holgates we made our way south to another path that traverses fields to Far Arnside and the coast.

The coast a place I prefer to walk over any other, whether above the boiling waters of the Atlantic Ocean or along the white sand beaches kissed by turquoise seas of the Scottish islands, above the fossil rich cliffs of the Jurassic Coast and amongst the ghostly ruins on the Tin Coast of Cornwall, or as today above the muddy sands of Morecambe Bay. No ghostly ruins, no Atlantic breakers crashing onto the shore or white sand beaches just Morecambe Bay mud, we saved the best until last. Round Park Point followed by Arnside Point we wandered, then a short stretch of woodland before stepping back onto the bay at New Barns, after skirting New Barns Bay we let the Kent Channel guide us back to the delights of Arnside.

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Seen from the waterlogged fields of Arndale Middlebarrow Wood.

With the railway line behind me and, a dry path under foot views to Arnside Tower.

The scree and woodland of Arnside Knott.

Limestone pavements in Eaves Wood.

Strolling through Eaves Wood.

Castlebarrow, the Pepper Pot and stunning views over Morecambe Bay.

Wonderful views from Castlebarrow, Morecambe Bay and the vast arc of the Lancashire coast.

Looking down on the village of Silverdale.

Seen across the shifting sands of the bay, the long finger of Humphrey Head.

Strolling over the cliff top path looking to the dark finger of Know End Point.

The white washed buildings of Grange-over-Sands seen from Park Point.

Water filled channels, shifting sand and notorious quicksand, the vast expanse of Morecambe Bay.

At Arnside Point viewing rain washed Newton Fells with sylvan Meathop Fell to the right.

Heading round New Barns Bay with views to the Kent Viaduct and low hills bordering Lyth Valley.

Seen over the Kent Channel, dark on the horizon the limestone escarpment of Whitbarrow.

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