Great post to share with you all from lakelandrambler aka @CumbriaZen. Cumbria is #notjustlakes, it’s also full of beautiful beaches and coastal walks. This blog will take you through a circular walk of Arnside Knott with some brilliant photography along the way!!
Circular walk of Arnside Knott, blog. Cumbria, on the edge of the Lake District. The walk is steep uphill for 150 yards and is on a gravel path. The walk will take about 1 hour. Boots are essential and some of the forest track areas could be muddy in rainy spells.
What a beautiful day in the middle of March. The sky was blue and there was a warm feeling in the sun with 12 degrees temperature. Ahead was an interesting walk on and around Arnside Knott.
A circular walk of Arnside Knott.
From Arnside it is about a mile and a quarter by car to the free car park at the base of Arnside Knott.
To access the car park take the road opposite Orchard Road just up the hill from the promenade (and the Albion Pub on the corner). It a mile from here to the National Trust Car Park (free at present) and it is Red Hills Road. Continue along Red Hills Road and on the left is a sign for the National Trust car park. The road is called Knott Lane. The track is a single track road and at times you might think that you have taken a wrong turning as it gets gravelly like a farm road. Eventually you will reach the gravelled car park.
From the car park it appears that the path goes upwards but in fact the path is to the right going slightly downhill. There is a notice on the gate stating that this is the way to Arnside Knott.
Go through the gate and there is a walled area with the walls on the left forming a triangle. Not far ahead is another gate and directly after that take a left up a gravelly track.
The routes are easy from here. There is a junction with another track but keep left to a ‘photographic point’ where all the lake district mountains and other features are on metal plaques on a purpose built viewing area.
Continue on the path and a bench can be seem and panoramic views are all around. Take a right and this takes you to the actual trig point. From there a well defined path can be seen going North towards Arnside and the Estuary. At this point you are going slightly downhill and a wall is reached.
Do not go through the gate of the wall but continue along down the path to the right. In a couple of minutes you will be adjacent to a mossy wall so continue downhill in an Easterly direction towards the Silverdale and Arnside Road.
At the road, keep right on the road and go back into the woods after 2oo yards or so opposite the entrance to the Farm with the ruins of Arnside Tower. The track is a well-used forest track, keep on this track as it wends its way back to the car park.
Parking in Arnside is plentiful with some free parking. There are cafes, shops and pubs There is an interesting walk along the shoreline past the Coastguard station. Do not venture onto the muddy areas. There is a notice on the Coastguard station saying that there have been 300-400 rescues of people in the last few years. A couple of footpaths are signposted from here to Redhills Road so a walk from the shore to the top of Arnside Knott can be done from here.
Fascinating Discovery Walks, great for Kids on the Arnside and Silverdale area. Discovery walks for all ages
Arnside and Silverdale AONB website, one of the best websites I have seen Arnside Knott nature link