Our dog friendly cottages South Lakes are perfectly based for enjoying fell and coastal walks with stunning scenery whichever walk you decide to take. Shirley has sent us one of her favourite coastal walks around Arnside Knott. Enjoy this walk whilst staying in one of our dog friendly cottages South Lakes.
WALKING WITH MOLLIE AND YAN – ARNSIDE KNOTT
The clouds were piled up black and threatening over the mountains today so we headed South to the blue skies of Arnside.
Parking in the main car park (free) we headed off on the path towards Far Arnside. You can divert here to the top of the Knott for amazing views over Arnside and the estuary, but we were feeling a little lazy so pressed on down the hill.
Mollie and Yan love crashing about in the undergrowth chasing the birds and fetching sticks. It’s a great walk because there are no sheep so you can relax and let them enjoy themselves.
Go straight through the first two gates and you will find yourself heading down the hill towards the sea. You will come to a small farmhouse and take the path through the Caravan site (dogs on leads).
You then come out onto the coastal path with amazing views across the sands to Heysham and Grange. There are a few stony beaches here but TAKE CARE, the sands here are very soft and treacherous.
Follow the pretty coastal path around the headland. The trees here are bent over from the force of the winds over the Irish Sea. In spring and summer, wild flowers bloom in profusion. But on this cold January day, we had to make do with the occasional golden spikes of gorse.
Once round the headland, there are some quite steep cliffs and care must be taken. If the tide is right out you can scramble down and walk across the sands here. A chance for Canine friends and small children to let off some steam and run like the wind!
All too soon you will come to New Barns Bay, a crescent of limestone pebbles fronted by grassy salt marsh. You have a choice here either to follow the coast round to the next bay or take the short-cut through the New Barns caravan park.
After a warming coffee at the Bob-in Café we followed the road along the back of the bay through an open gate. Just round the corner a footpath was marked which crossed the field between two wire fences back into the woods. A gentle climb through woodland took us back up to the Car Park.
Dog friendly cottages South Lakes
Lakes Cottage Holidays have a large selection of dog friendly cottages South Lakes. Depending upon where you choose to stay Lake Windermere and Morecambe Bay are both within an easy drive, usually less than an hour. The South Lakes area tends to be quieter than the main tourist hot spots so if your dog is timid, you are less likely to run into a number of other dogs.