High Tide along the Arnside Coast.

Start. Arnside (The Promenade).

Route. Arnside - Ash Meadow - Red Hills Road - New Barns Road - New Barns - Arnside Point - Park Point - Far Arnside - Hollins Farm - Heathwaite - Arnside Knott Wood - Saul's Drive - Red Hills Road - Ash Meadow - Arnside.

Notes. Close your eyes, sit back and imagine a landscape vastly different from today, a landscape of snow and ice, gigantic glaciers groaning and creaking their way down the valleys that enter what is now Morecambe Bay. Several sheets of ice grinding and cutting a deep bowl over 120 square miles in area, later as the ice melted an outflow plane was established, when sea levels rose this turned into the magnificent intertidal mudflat's and sand we have today.

Now I’ve got your interest we’ll see non of that, the ice melted 12,000 years ago, the tide was in and it was a bloody big one, read on. We left Arnside heading south down the estuary, on reaching the old boat yard and lifeboat station our way was blocked by deep water, to early in the day for wet feet. We doubled back to ascend a narrow way climbing behind the old boat yard, this deposited us on Red Hills Road, we turned right, a few yards further on next to the Coach House another narrow way descends to the estuary, we descended to find the tide rising fast, our route again under deep water.

Back up the hill to Red Hills Road, a safe bet was to continue along the road to New Barns, if the bay was flooded take the path through Copridding Wood and hope the tide had ebbed a little for a return up the estuary. As it happened New Barns was accessible, after crossing the bay a walk through the caravan park followed to access the coast and one of the best stretches of coastal path in the North West of England. With a narrow path to guide us, the salt water of Morecambe Bay churning below our feet we slowly wandered to Far Arnside, after passing through the tiny hamlet we joined a signed path for Arnside.

This well used path guided us through sheep pastures to Hollins Farm, then up the edge of Heathwaite depositing us on a bridleway cutting across the shoulder of Arnside Knott. Through mature woodland we wandered soon accessing Arnside Knott car park, once through said car park we joined a field path descending parallel to the lane, re-joining the tarmac at the foot of the field, the lane then ushered us back onto Red Hills Road. Not a lot was said, I thought it might be prudent to re-trace our steps of earlier from here, which is what we did, the narrow way behind the old boat yard guided us back to the estuary, the start of an easy trot back to the parked car.

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The Compensation Pier at Arnside seen from near Ash Meadow.

Looking to Whitbarrow above the Kent Viaduct.

The fast rising tide at Arnside, our route ahead, this called for a re-think.

A fine old building the Coach House a converted stable marks the next narrow way allowing access to the estuary.

It's the journey that's important, right back up the hill.

High tide at New Barns with views to sylvan Meathop Fell.

Skirting the fringe of New Barns Bay viewing the Newton Fells and Meathop Fell.

On a normal day we'd go that way, not wanting to risk wet feet it was through the caravan park....

....to emerge above limestone cliffs with views over White Creek.

Slowly wandering over one of the best stretches of coastal path in the North West of England, it's a magical place when the tide's rising.

Stunning views along a sea washed coastline.

Looking back along the jagged edge where sylvan Arnside park meets the salt water of Morecambe Bay.

I'd like to say a small slice of Far Arnside, but this is Far Arnside, there's a bloody great caravan park behind me but that doesn't count.

Wonderful silvery seascapes witnessed from the ascent of Heathwaite.

Viewing the Silverdale landscape with the fells of Bowland grey across the horizon.

A parting of the ways, and views to Know End Point and the Lancashire coast.

En route over the shoulder of Arnside Knott.

Near Arnside Knott car park enjoying stunning views over upper Morecambe Bay.

The ebbing tide at Arnside.

Viewing The Howgill Fells from near Ash Meadow.

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