A Round of Underlaid Wood.

Start. Heron Corn Mill car park.

Route. Heron Corn Mill - Beetham - Leighton Beck Lane - Slack Head - Dollywood Lane - Storth Road - Hazelslack - Arnside Moss - Black Dyke Road - Arnside Railway Station - Sandside - Haverbrack Bank - Haverbrack - Dallam Park - Heron Corn Mill.

Notes. The last time I wandered these parts I noticed the railway cutting at Sandside had been opened to the public. Originally built to carry iron ore between Barrow and the North East via the Stainmoor route, the line became popular for day excursions from Kendal and the South Lakes, closed to passengers in 1942, then as a through route in 1963, this section of the line remained in use as a siding to the Sandside Quarry, the tracks were finally lifted in 1970.

Today I set out from the Heron Corn Mill, Beetham, corn has been ground on this site for over 900 years, the mill's well worth a visit so allow time. From the car park I wandered back into the village, following Leighton Beck Road up the hill I soon reached a finger-post inviting me to Hale, I followed this path through meadows to access the woods of Beetham Park. Yellow arrows marked my route, passing through the Slack Head Marble Quarry before stepping onto a tarmac lane, I turned right to head into Slack Head village, at the road junction I turned left back onto Leighton Beck Road, with tarmac under foot I wandered through this rather exclusive stretch of the Silverdale/Arnside parish, half a mile later I turned right into Dollywood Lane. The confines of Dollywood Lane conveyed me to Hazelslack where I was able to gain access to Arnside Moss, after a dry passage and safe crossing of the railway line I stepped onto Black Dyke Road for the short walk to Arnside Railway Station.

On the other side of the lines the Hincaster/Arnside track bed runs north along the edge of the estuary, this I followed to Sandside where a gate allowed access to the Sandside Cutting, with cliffs on both sides and a couple of bridges to pass under I continued onwards, eventually stepping onto tarmac again just past the Ship Inn. A few yards up the lane a finger post pointed up Haverbrack Bank, I followed this path as it skirted the edge of Sandside Quarry, ignoring all routes leading into the woods I continued up hill, when the quarry boundery fence swung left I entered the woods. A few yards on a narrow path through dense undergrowth saw me step onto the main path over Haverbrack Bank, turning right it was a short walk down hill to reach a parting of the ways, it was left to Haverbrack and Cockshot Lane for me. A very short walk saw me pass through a gate into a narrow walled lane, I turned left to head into the small hamlet of Haverbrack. At the end of the lane yet another finger-post announced I'd reached the footpath through Dallam Park, a short walk through this delightful park and I was soon descending back to the Heron Corn Mill car park.

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To the left the Heron Corn Mill crushing and grinding grain for over 900years, on our right Beetham Paper Mill producing paper for the past 200years.

Viewing Beetham with the Middleton and Barbon High Fells across the skyline.

Beetham Hall a fine example of a 14th century fortified manor house.

Seen from the meadows behind Beetham Hall, Farleton and Holmepark Fells.

The path through Beetham Park, never fear yellow arrows mark the route.

Further along the path I stepped into this clearing, nice and airy with the pine trees gone.

Hidden in the trees the Slack Head Marble Quarry.

Here's an unusual sight nowadays hay bales in the pastures off Dollywood Lane.

Hazelslack Tower one of several fortified manor houses on the limestone fringe.

Striding out across Arnside Moss, behind the trees upper Morecambe Bay and the Arnside/Hincaster Railway.

Looking to Underlaid Wood and the strung out community of Carr Bank.

Seen across the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay, the limestone cliffs of Whitbarrow....

....a little further to the left the Newton Fells, on the far horizon grey the Coniston massif.

Seen from the approach to Sandside the Newton Fells.

This delightful path leads into the Sandside Cutting, the views may be limited but it's a change from the company of the traffic along the Sandside sea front.

One of two bridges spanning the cutting.

Wonderful views over Sandside Quarry with the hills of South Lakeland reaching across the horizon.

Whitbarrow as seen across Milnthorpe Sands.

Views across the pool at Haverbrack, on the skyline Hutton Roof Crags another classic tract of limestone upland.

Sunny Hill Wood on a sunny day.

In Dallam Park looking to Farleton Fell.

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