Arnside, Hazelslack and Storth.

Start. Arnside.

Route. Arnside - New Barns - Park Point - Far Arnside - Arnside Knott - Hagg Wood - Black Dyke - Hazelslack - Storth - Arnside.

Notes. I'd no intention of going out today, when I got up this morning it was pouring with rain, I was sure Sue could find me some jobs to do round the house. By mid morning the sun was breaking through, I decided to drive to Arnside, follow my nose depending on what the weather threw at me. My route eventually took in a little something of everything Arnside and Silverdale has to offer, everything that is except rain.

I eagerly set off striding out along the edge of the Kent Channel, first on a good path before sea washed turf turned to shingle and shale, over limestone outcrops inlaid with fossils, high above the bay on the cliff path rounding Arnside Point then Park Point. Striding out through the dappled shade of coppiced woodland, every step of the way opportunities to stop and drink in the wonderful views over Morecambe Bay, all too soon I found myself wandering through Far Arnside hunting for the path that would carry me up Arnside Knott.

My attempt to conquer Arnside Knott started on the edge of Far Arnside, an easy walk through a field before Hollins Farm announced the start of my ascent. Ascending on a good path through gause and scrub, the Birch Woods of Heathwaite to my left. After passing through a gate the path became steeper and looser, pain worth paying for the stunning views from the summit. I left the summit descending on a little used path, northeast to reach a wall, the wall I used as a handrail to guide me to the Silverdale Road. I wandered into Arnside, just past the Cemetery a finger post invited me to Black Dyke, I obliged descending through Hagg Wood before reaching Black Dyke Farm, a right turn saw me wandering between farm buildings entering a small paddock to follow a very muddy path along the edge of the railway to reach a farm lane. I passed under the railway to cross the Black Dyke Salt Pits en route to the junction of Carr Bank Road and Cold Well Lane, I was glad to see the finger-post pointing to Hazelslack.

Striding through a patchwork of green fields boardered by limestone walls passing Hazelslack Tower followed by more field walking, along the edge of delightful woodland to reach Cockshot Lane where I entered the rather modern village of Storth. I wandered down Storth Road, I knew somewhere a footpath lead to Sandside, I'd missed it once before I could easily miss it again, not this time, a brand new finger-post pointed the way. After a short ascent I descended through ancient woodland to be deposited on Park Road where I immediately turned right away from Arnside, my route took me over tarmac to Sandside where a wooden gate allowed access to the beach. After a short walk south a stile enabled me to access the old Hincaster/Arnside railway line, now an excellent footpath. With Arnside now in view this was a delightful way to finish my day, easy walking with Arnside growing larger with every step, there is one better way, the bar of the Ye Olde Fighting Cocks.

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Seen from Ash Meadow Arnside.

It looks like the tides just started to ebb, here's a view to the Kent Viaduct with Whitbarrow rising to the left.

Arnside Knott rising above Copridding Wood, seen from the entrance to New Barns Caravan Site.

A wonderful view over White Creek seen from the start of the cliff path.

Rounding Arnside Point with a stunning view across the bay.

Wonderful golden seascapes approaching Park Point.

A lovely view over the Silverdale/Arnside coast.

Seen from Far Arnside the Birch Trees on Heathwaite, out of interest this was the original name for Far Arnside, changed by the Victorians who built Arnside, they obviously thought having an Arnside they needed a Far Arnside.

Wandering through Far Arnside.

Ascending the southern slopes of Arnside Knott with a delightful view across Morecambe Bay.

Humphrey Head seen over Arnside Park.

Above the formidable scree slopes on Arnside Knotts southern rim, stunning views to Hutton Roof Crags.

Near the summit of Arnside Knott looking across Milnthorpe Sands.

Before I disappear into the trees a view to Whin Scar backed by Farleton Fell.

Looking to Arnside across the undulating landscape of the Black Dyke salt pits.

Arnside Knott in early evening light.

Along the length of one of many salt pits. an eerie orange glow over Middlebarrow Wood.

I'm glad the gate's unlocked, the stile to it's left is the narrowest I've come across, the view, my first glimpse of Hazelslack Tower.

Hazelslack Tower once the fortified wing of a farmhouse, believed to date back to the 14th century.

Near Hazelslack Tower looking to Underlaid Wood.

Striding out through green pastures en route to Cockshot Lane, straight ahead Longtail Wood, to the right Underlaid Wood.

At the end of the field this delightful lane passes through a boggy copse, allowing access to the next field.

I didn't take any photos in Storth, it lacks charm, too many modern white-washed bungalows, I'm now on the beach at Sandside with a charming view to the White Scar face of Whitbarrow.

The sea front at Sandside, my grandmother always called this Westmorland by the Sea, you are actually looking at the old port of Milnthorpe, hundreds of boats daily would unload their goods here to be transported by horse drawn wagons to the bonded warehouses at Milnthorpe.

Hampsfell seen across the Kent Channel on a quite stunning evening.

Looking south from the Hincaster/Arnside railway line, now a wonderful footpath.

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, the oldest building in Arnside, built around 1660, has it's roots set in the 17th century sport of Cock Fighting, when you sit in the bar enjoying one of their excellent meals look to your feet, for under the floor boards, still preserved to this day is the original Cock Fighting Pit.

As day turns to night a magical view down the Kent Channel.

Arnside Pier just before sun set, a great place to end the day.

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