Arnside & Silverdale Walks
Date: 25th February 2012
Distance: 5.3 miles
Ascent: 587 feet
Time: 2 hours 25 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SD456788
A quite superb coastal walk from Arnside to Arnside Point and then back via the fantastic viewpoint of Arnside Knott.
Route Summary: Arnside Pier - New Barns - Blackstone Point - Arnside Point - New Arnside - Heathwaite - Arnside Knott - Arnside Pier
1. The Kent Viaduct from Arnside
2. New Barns Bay
3. The Kent Estuary from New Barns Bay
4. Arnside Knott from New Barns
5. Looking across the sands to Humphrey Head
6. The Kent Viaduct from Blackstone Point
7. The limestone edge at Blackstone Point
8. White Creek and Blackstone Point
9. The thin cliff top path between Arnside Point and Park Point
10. Looking south along the coast to Silverdale
11. Arnside Knott
12. Looking across Arnside Park from Arnside Knott
13. The trig point on Arnside Knott
14. Looking across the Kent Estuary to the Lakeland Fells
Walk Detail: When I was researching which walk I'd like to do on my first visit to the Arnside & Silverdale AONB this was the route that, for me, looked the most promising.
Starting from Arnside Pier the first half of the walk was a fantastic coastal walk on a variety of paths including a stretch on the wide flat sands around Blackstone Point and then the thin cliff top path between Arnside Point and Park Point. Outcrops of limestone were on view almost the entire way round. The views of the Kent Estuary and then south along the coast were absolutely superb.
After a pleasant woodland walk from Park Point, and a brief passage through what has to be the poshest static caravan site I've ever seen, I then began the short climb from Far Arnside up through Heathwaite on to Arnside Knott.
At only 159m in height Arnside Knott maybe the lowest Marilyn top in England but the views are superb, especially to the north across the Kent Estuary towards the Lakeland Fells. Having said that the actual summit has a thin covering of trees and isn't the best place to enjoy the panorama.
From Arnside Knott it was then a simple walk back down into Arnside and then back to the pier. This was a walk that surpassed my expectations and was a great first impression of the Arnside & Silverdale area. Definitely recommended. However, as the walk was fairly short I wasn't done for the day. Twenty minutes after leaving Arnside I was parking up at Lupton for a second walk, this time to visit Hutton Roof Crags.