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Best trails in Silverdale

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#1 - Silverdale and Arnside
Silverdale, Lancashire, England
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
This walk includes paths through wooded nature reserves, along the shore with it's craggy limestone cliffs and outcropping, and the commanding heights of Arnside Knott at 522ft. The start is from the car park for the Leighton Moss RSPB visitor center (free). The reserve was established in 1964 and is a site of international importance on account of it being a staging post on the migration journey from the Arctic to Africa for Greenshank and Whimbrel. Whilst waders of Dunlin, Redshank and Oystercatchers winter on the mudflats of the estuary. After crossing the manicured grass of Silverdale Golf Club with huge yellow disc markers, lest you wander off route, a short wooded section is crossed before a clearing is reached. From Silverdale the pleasant area called 'The Lots' is crossed to reach 'The Cove' with it's small cave. From here to 'Far Arnside' consists of a number of shingle coves of white pebbles divided by rocky limestone promontories. Scrambling along this section is a must as the foreshore is both muddy and has some deep channels. Don't attempt this section if your visit coincides with high 'spring' tides. With low or 'neep' tides you will be OK as you will be above the tide-line. From High Arnside you have a choice of remaining on the foreshore as before or using the coastal path alongside in the trees. On reaching 'Park Point' you could choose to walk on the beach as from here to 'White Creek' is mainly sand. White Creek is the point Cedric Robinson leads his guided walks out across the bay towards Kents Bank. Arnside is a popular visitor destination, but before roads and railway it was a small fishing village and port. The furness railway arrived in 1847 to cater for the iron and shipbuilding at Barrow. There are many ways onto and around Arnside Knott, this walk follows a full frontal approach from 'Red Hills Wood' which affords full open views on the approach to this most popular of summits. The 'Knotted Tree' was one of a pair which were knotted in Victorian times by a Mr Harry Arnold a Kendal solicitor. An attempt is being made to replicate them. There are several 'Pele' towers in the area which were built in 15th century to defend against the marauding Scotts. The one passed on the return  - 'Arnside Tower'  -  being the largest. After passing through the  Holgates Caravan site you enter the 'Eaves Wood' nature reserve. If time permits you could visit 'the Pepper Pot' by taking the path sharp left after the gate on entry to the reserve, and climbing 'King William Hill'. The Trowbridge nature reserve was purchased in 1997 and was the site of a 'Hoffman Kiln' c 1860 - 1900, a huge affair on a truly epic industrial scale for producing lime for use in building and farming by burning limestone. The most intact example  being one north of Settle. If time permits visit the old quarry through a gap in 'The Trough' . Quarrying ceased in 1964.Show more