Walks in Silverdale and Arnside
21 easy walks exploring the AONB
By Brian Evans
The 21 easy day walks in this book will help you explore the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its rugged coastal paths and enchanting woodland trails. There are routes through Leighton Moss (RSPB centre), Dallam Park, Arnside Knott, Hutton Roof and Morecambe Bay that are suitable for all abilities and every season.
Seasonscan be enjoyed throughout the year; spring with its abundant flowers and the colourful displays of autumn are especially rewarding; summer is the busiest time; in winter vast flocks of birds can be seen in Morecambe Bay; the woods provide sheltered walking in strong wind
Centresthe villages of Silverdale, Arnside and Warton have small shops; more facilities are available at Milnthorpe and Carnforth; accommodation in the area is plentiful, including hotels, guest houses, B&B and campsites
Difficultymost walks on well signed, well-trodden paths, sometimes crossing bare limestone or rough and rooty underfoot; scrambling along the rocky shore requires care to heed the incoming tide, although there are safe high tide options; walks are between 2 and 8 miles but can be easily linked into longer walks
Must Seethe best coastal scenery and the highest concentration of woodland paths in NW England; views over Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland fells; densely wooded limestone hills rich in flora and fauna; Warton Crag, Arnside Knott, Farleton Knott, Holme Park Fell and Hutton Roof Crags; Leighton Moss RSPB reserve and several Nature Reserves
The day routes described in this guidebook lie largely within the Arnside and Silverdale area which encompasses almost the whole of the land to the west of the A6 between Warton and Milnthorpe. The walks offer all the attractions of the coast, woodland, pasture and hill that make the area so special, and enables visitors to develop a real appreciation of the AONB.
Most of the day walks are on well-signed, well trodden paths suitable for all the family. The terrain varies from rocky and rugged shorelines to slippery limestone pavements and woodland paths. Scrambling along the rocky shore has become more difficult since the demise of the salt marsh and care needs to be taken to heed the incoming tide. There are safe tide options in this guidebook.
Walking in the Silverdale and Arnside area can be enjoyed throughout the year. Springtime, with its abundant flowers, and the colourful displays at autumn are especially rewarding. The walks are short, mostly between three and eight miles. Although they may occupy only an afternoon or a short day, they can easily be linked into longer walks, and all the routes here are of sufficient length to feel that you have accomplished something. Times are based on a moderate pace without taking into account any major halts. Fast walkers could easily link two walks in a day.
The walks are packed with interest and inevitably take longer than their length implies. The network of paths enables walks to be shortened or lengthened at will.
Industry through the ages
Walking on the shore
Walking in the woods and hills
Using this guide
Silverdale and Arnside area
Walk 1 South from Silverdale: Jack Scout, Jenny Brown’s Point and Heald Brow
Walk 2 North from Silverdale: White Creek, Heathwaite and Arnside Tower
Walk 3 Crag Foot, Leighton Hall, Leighton Moss, Woodwell and Heald Brow
Walk 4 Warton Crag and the Three Brothers
Walk 5 The Pepperpot and Eaves Wood
Walk 6 Eaves Wood, Middlebarrow Quarry, Arnside Tower and the Pepperpot
Walk 7 Hawes Water and Gait Barrows NNR
Walk 8 Gait Barrows NNR, Hawes Water, Hazelslack and Leighton Beck
Walk 9 Cringlebarrow, Deepdale, Leighton Moss and Yealand Hall Allotment
Walk 10 Around the shore: Arnside, Far Arnside and Arnside Knott
Walk 11 Arnside Knott from the Silverdale road
Walk 12 Arnside Moss, Hazelslack Tower, Fairy Steps and Sandside Cutting
Walk 13 Dallam Park, Beetham, Fairy Steps and Haverbrack Fell
Walk 14 Beetham, Hale Fell, Slack Head, Fairy Steps and Dallam Park
Farleton Knott, Holme Park Fell and Hutton Roof Crags
Walk 15 Farleton Knott and Holme Park Fell
Walk 16 Hutton Roof Crags
Walk 17 Clawthorpe Fell, Lancelot Clark Storth and Uberash Breast cairns
Walk 18 Dalton Crags and Hutton Roof Crags
The Lancaster to Kendal Canal
Walk 19 Farleton Fell, Clawthorpe and the Lancaster Canal
Walk 20 Levens Park and the River Kent
Walk 21 Tewitfield Locks, Warton Crag, River Keer and the Lancaster Canal
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Linear walks
Appendix C Suggested strolls
Appendix D The Cross Sands Walk
Appendix E Historic buildings in the area
Appendix F Recommended further reading
Appendix G Useful contacts
The most useful map of the area is the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Outdoor Leisure sheet 7, The English Lakes South Eastern Area, which covers all the area described in this book.
The 1:50,000 Landranger sheet 97 Kendal to Morecambe could also be used. It should be possible easily to follow the walks from the sketch maps in this book, which include the important features for walkers.
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Walkers are no longer allowed to use the path north along the crag top
from Fairy Steps.
This affects Walks 12, 13 and 14.
Walk 12. At the base of Fairy Steps use the footpath to go left
below the crags to reach the indicator cairn on Beetham Fell.
Walks 13 and 14. From the top of Fairy Steps either descend the cleft
to gain the path at its base as above, or use the easier alternative
permissive path left to a break in the escarpment and return along its
base to Fairy Steps.
Also Walk 12. Note that after prolonged rain Arnside Moss may be
flooded and the path impassable.
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Brian Evans, one of the UK's leading climbers in the 1960s and 70s, has brought his wealth of mountain experience to this guide. He and his wife are well-known figures in the outdoor community and have provided walkers with a number of exceptional guides to exploring the countryside, particularly the English Lakes, on foot. Brian is a member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild. Brian was a founder of Cicerone Press and is the authority on scrambling in the Lake District.View Guidebooks by Brian Evans
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