This circuit has just about everything; a hill top with great views, a good village with all facilities, some farming land and lots of pathways. You can start or finish at Merlewood, via a short train ride across the estuary.
Whilst the journey is a smooth one, you should be aware that the return journey along the coast goes along a narrow coastal path and along the top of low cliffs which may not be nice if you suffer from vertigo to any degree.
You can walk from Merlewood to Grange over Sands railway station (as in walks 2 and 3) and take the train to Arnside. If you’re driving to Arnside, take the A590 and A6 to Milnthorpe, turning right at the traffic lights.
In Arnside, turn left at the railway station, pass the junction and in 40m turn right through the gate signposted ‘public bridleway, Silverdale Road’.
There’s a bit of a climb to the Knott, and then there’s a narrow lane between walls which you should walk along to get to the sports eld and the church of our Lady of Lourdes on Silverdale Road. Turn right and continue until you come to the ‘Arnside Knott’ sign.
Turn left and follow the road which rises steadily before turning sharp left in front of some houses. Stay on that road as it veers to the right and head through a kissing gate signposted ‘public footpath, the Knott’ to Redhills Wood (a National Trust site).
Ignoring the path to your left, head towards the kissing gate at the top of the woods.
Keeping the wall to your left, head towards the tree-crowned summit. There is a track just about visible on the ground. At the top, enter the woodland through a gate;where you will see a fork in the path. Go left where, in a few metres, you will reach the trig point at the summit. There’s some lovely views of the countryside to the east!
Leave the trig point, bearing right (south-westerly) along a broad track; to the right is a seat which boasts perhaps the best views across the estuary to Grange over Sands and the southern Lakeland mountains. Continue along the broad track,where you will soon come to another seat, this time with views along the coast to the south, towards Silverdale.
Turn left here to head down the hill. Take care as it’s quite steep in places! Go through the gate where you will come to a wider track. Turn right as the path slopes upwards and then you will come to the gate where several tracks meet.
When you reach the sign “public footpath to Far Arnside’ turn left and keep left as you leave the woodland and head downhill. At Hollins Farm follow the signs for Far Arnside. When you reach the road, turn right past Far Arnside farm, to reach Holgate Holiday Park, a large complex of static caravans.
Now, you can choose to go either of two ways here – both are fine. The one to your right will take you to ‘White Creek’ and away from a path which takes you along the cliff edge.
When you get to the far end of the holiday park, leave the roadway at a turning circle and head along the marked track. The recommended route is the one to your left, towards the shore. (In order to avoid the cliff path mentioned before, if you turn right here, you’ll go higher up the hillside, but will join the original route in approximately one mile). The path stays close to the shore still but it’s easy to follow and relatively straight forward.
At the next junction, you can either turn left along by the shore of Blackstone Point of along the main path straight ahead which leads to a tree lined roadway to Arnside. You should follow the roads to your left where you will pass a barrier/ marked gate at New Barns where there are shops and offices.
In approximately 200m, turn left to leave the road at the signpost to ‘public footpath, Arnside via shore’. The path is now one of stone and sand by before long you’re back on firm ground at the end of Arnside promenade. From here it is a pleasant short stroll, passing shops, cafés and public conveniences before returning to the car park and railway station.
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