A Circuit from Milnthorpe.

Start. Milnthorpe (Old Bridge).

Route. Milnthorpe - Old Bridge - Dallam Park - Church Street - Beetham - Wood Edge - Beetham Fell - Whin Scar - Fairy Steps - Underlaid Wood - Hazelslack - Arnside Moss - Sandside Road - Arnside/Hincaster railway - Sandside - Dallam park - Milnthorpe Bridge - Old Bridge - Milnthorpe.

Notes. On a day that promised rain and little sunshine I hung around the garden, a few jobs to finish. With the weather improving I headed to Milnthorpe, a good starting point for a short circular ramble (walking without breaking into a sweat) through parkland and coppiced woodland, see what delights I could find.

My day started at Old Bridge once on the main route to Sandside, I crossed the bridge before way-marked paths guided me through Dallam Park, across the slopes of Castle Hill I rambled, the site of a Motte and Bailey castle, passed the pillared 18th century dear shelter, over the next hill I passed through a Ha-ha, a Victorian method of walling without ruining the lines of the park land, the path guided me to Beetham where I took time out to explore the Heron Corn Mill. Exploration over a finger-post invited me to Church Street, I obliged treading a good path between dry stone walls and hedge rows, once on the tarmac lane I turned left towards Beetham, only to leave the lane at the first house on the right. Field paths guided me into the woods on Beetham Fell, passed a ruinous cottage then over the old corps road to reach the Whin Scar cliffs, home to the Fairy Steps and a super place to sit and drink tea.

Tea break over I descended the narrow cleft in the cliff face, the corps road still under foot guiding me through Underlaid Wood then over field paths to Hazelslack with it's late 17th century peal tower. I passed between the farm buildings to join a permissive path that guided me through cow pastures and sheep fields, I traversed Arnside Moss, thankfully dry, I exited onto the Sandside Road, directly opposite the disused Arnside/Hincaster railway line welcomed me. Above the salt marsh to the north of Arnside I rambled, the track bed made for easy walking, on the sea front at Sandside a few fishermen were trying their luck, I stopped to chat before rambling on back to Dallam Park. A short stretch of path next to the Ship Inn carried me to a tarmac lane, I followed this lane, avoiding the busy Sandside Road, passed some industrial lime ovens en route to Dallam Park below Milnthorpe Bridge, a short ramble along the banks of the River Bela followed back to my starting point.

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Built in 1763 Old Bridge once carried the main road to Sandside.

Milnthorpe Bridge built in 1813 to carry the new turnpike road over the River Bela.

The 18th century pile of Dallam Tower

Rambling through Dallam Park looking to Farleton Fell.

The Dear House also dating back to the 18th century.

Ha-ha, a method of walling without ruining the lines of the parkland.

Corn has been ground on this site since 1220, although the present building dates from 1750, now a living musium the Heron Corn Mill ceased trading in 1955.

You tend to forget you are wandering through someones office, this is an office with a rather strong, distinct smell that clings to the clothes.

From Wood Edge views to Dallam Park.

Striding out on a wonderful woodland path, everything looks fresh and alive at this time of year.

The ruined cottage on Beetham Fell.

Corps road over Beetham Fell.

Above the Fairy Steps looking to Arnside and the Kent Estuary.

Fairy Steps, ascend without touching the sides then make a wish.

The corps road through Underlaid Wood, I once walked this in the dark, it was bloody unnerving.

Underlaid Wood seen from near Hazelslack.

Built by the de Thweng family, Hazelslack Tower, probably dating from the late 17th century.

Seen from Arnside Moss, sylven Arnside Knott.

Rambling above the salt marsh to the north of Arnside, drinking in views to the south.

Imagine the scene a few hundred years ago, the estuary being a lot narrower than it is today, a deep water chanel cutting up the centre, boats run aground at high tide to be unloaded at low water, their cargo transported to warhouses in Milnthorpe by horse drawn carts, this is now Sandside once the Port of Milnthorpe stretching for one mile north. This all came to an abrupt end when the railway builders arrived to construct the Kent Viaduct, the result was the estuary silted up severing the artery to the port forever.

Industrial Lime Kilns passed en route, these kilns burned 24 hours a day, consuming vast amounts of coppiced wood, the immense amount of lime produced was transported away by train.

Seen over the River Bela, rain washed Lyth Valley.

Dark on the horizon, Whitbarrow.

Viewing Haverbrack Fell from Summer House Point.

The single arch of Milnthorpe Bridge with views over the River Bela into Dallam Park.

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