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#2 of 2 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire

Best trails in Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Explore the most popular trails in Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the smallest of the AONBs but still offers visitors incredible views and is an important bird habitat. The park is made of up deciduous woodland which is comprised of ash, oak, and hazel. The coastal area contains large extents of salt marsh, although these are under threat from the shifting channel of the Kent Estuary.

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Map of trails in Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Park information
Acreage:
18,534 acres
Contact
01524 761034
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Arnside Knott
Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
The incoming tide over Morcambe Bay is squeezed as it enters the Kent Estuary at Arnside and a wall, or 'bore' of fast moving water is created. On account of the high tides a layer of thin mud had been left on the foreshore towards New Barns. Instead of heading around to Blackstone Point the shorter route through the caravan park can be taken. White Creek is where Cedric Robinson leads his Morcambe Bay walking groups out across the sands towards Kents Bank at Grange. From White Creek a pleasant cliff top path winds its way to another caravan site at Far Arnside. There are plenty of picnic opportunities along here. After passing the cottages a path to the left leads to Arnside Knott clearly seen ahead. Be sure to locate the viewing indicator beyond a wall on the left for the best views from here. Proceeding towards the trig point, after awhile on the left is the now dead remains of  the 'knotted tree' of Arnside Knott.  Following north from the trig point the views open-up again as a descent is made over a grassy area towards the start at Arnside.Show more
#2 - Arnside Circuit
Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 24 m
A route of many parts including - mature woodland, wetlands, nature reserves and limestone escarpments - views of Morcambe Bay, the Kent Estuary, distant Lakeland and Howgill fells - and the Victorian seaside town of Arnside and Arnside Knott. Starting at Yealand Storrs gives plenty of time to arrive at Arnside with many choices for lunch at either 'The Albion' or 'Ye Olde Fighting Cocks' or best of all at 'The Big Chip Cafe' near the railway viaduct. The first section is through sporadic woodland along a bridleway. Various fields and then a short road section is taken to reach Eaves Wood. There are many ways possible to reach 'The Pepper Pot' built to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887 with good views over Silverdale to the south. Arnside Tower is a pele tower built in the 14c against the marauding Scots in which the locals could barricade themselves. On reaching Arnside Knott be sure to visit 'The Mountain Indicator' for the most breathtaking panoramic views of the Lakeland and Howgill fells. After lunch in Arnside the return alongside the railway is potentially the wettest section of the walk. At Middlebarrow Quarry peregrines are to be seen in the nesting season. After passing Challan Hall, Hawes Water is just another of the many interesting nature sites in the Silverdale/Arnside areas.Show more