A Circuit from Arnside including Far Arnside and Arnside Knott.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - Grubbins Wood - New Barns - Blackstone Point - White Creek - Arnside Point - Park Point - Far Arnside - Heathwaite - Arnside Knott - Red Hills - Red Hills Wood - Arnside.

Notes. I've walked this route many times and will probably walk it many more. When time is of the essence it's near home, doesn't take long to reach and you can nearly always find a vacant parking space. So there I was stepping out of the car into a hazy Arnside morning, greeted by a flooding tide I'd better get a move on, certain parts of this walk can be under water at high tide.

My route followed the estuary south, over dry Morecambe Bay mud I wandered, passed the old boat yard and on to New Barns Bay. After walking around the fringe of the bay I skirted the edge of Frith Wood before entering at an old quarry. Woodland paths then guided me above Blackstone Point and on to White Creek, after traversing the bay I joined the cliff top path to start the short walk to Far Arnside. Narrow paths ushered me along the edge of Arnside Park, through dense vegetation, above sea washed cliffs, I took time out at Park Point, sat a while enjoying hazy views over Morecambe Bay, the only sounds, running water and the cry of the Oyster Catcher. The path between Park Point and Far Arnside was alive with summer flora, Buttercups, Wild Roses, Daisies and Sea Thrift to name but a few. I left Far Arnside via a green trod cutting along the edge of a field, this lead to Hollins Farm where I joined the path ascending the shoulder of Heathwaite. At the top of the hill a welcome finger-post pointing to a number of destinations, all with Arnside in the title, Arnside Knott's always worth the extra effort. I was soon traversing the summit heading to a wicket gate allowing access to Red Hills. I passed through said gate before descending a grassy trod through wild flower meadows, the path guided me into Red Hills Wood, I continued down hill exiting the wood via a metal kissing gate, with the tarmac of High Knott Road under foot all that remained was to pick my way through the streets of Arnside back to the sea front.

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Seen from Arnside the Kent Viaduct.

Looking to Frith Wood across New Barns Bay.

As seen from New Barns, a distant Whitbarrow.

Skirting the edge of Frith Wood looking back to New Barns Bay.

Above Blackstone Point viewing Hampsfell and the white washed buildings of Grange-over-Sands.

The rising tide at White Creek.

Sea Thrift thrives on the salt marsh at White Creek.

About to wander into views across Morecambe Bay.

Dark on the horizon, marking the point where sea meets sky, Humphrey Head.

From a cliff top path adorned with wild flowers views to the Newton Fell.

Kents Bank and Grange-over-Sands seen from my comfy perch at Park Point.

Surreal views across Morecambe Bay.

Looking to Heathwaite from wild flower meadows near Hollins Farm.

Ascending Arnside Knott with hazy views back over Lancashire to the hills of Bowland.

Access Red Hills.

The view from Red Hills, the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay with Foulshaw backed by the limestone cliffs of Whitbarrow.

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