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5th March 2017

Coach Trip to Arnside

Arnside faces the estury of the River Kent and lies on the north eastern corner of Morecambe Bay within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  It is a haven for birds and the surrounding countryside and contains a wealth of flora and fauna. The National Trust own Arnside Knott, a 520 ft high flat rock and there are many lovely wooded walks around the area. 

Walk Details (to date)

A Walk    Moderate  11.5 miles         Leader Brian Wohlters      

We leave the coaches at Carnforth Station and head off over Warton Crag. From here we carry on towards Silverdale and over Arnsdie Knott to descend into Arnside.

B Walk       Moderate  9 miles          Leader Tony Culverhouse               

We head south west out of Arnside following the coast line around New Barns Bay and on to Blackstone and Arnside Point. Care is needed along this section as the rocks can be slippery after rain and the path runs close to the cliff edge in places. We then move inland to the pretty village of Silverdale and a brief return to the shore. From Silverdale we visit the National Trust nature reserve of Eaves Wood with it’s red squirrels and roe deer as well as many uncommon limestone plants. We will visit the famour Pepperpot, built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, before moving on to another landmark, Arnside Tower, built as a safe haven for the locals from raiding Scots in the 14th centuary.  Our final high point is Arnside Knott before descending back into Arnside.   Good paths and a few country lanes.

C Walk     Moderate 7 ½ miles         Leader Paul Brown

We leave the coaches in Arnside, cross the railway by the station footbridge, then walk north eastwards for about 2 ½ miles alongside the River Kent estuary, following the route of the former Arnside to Hincaster railway. On reaching Milnthorpe Bridge we cross the road and then walk south westwards through the Dallam Tower Estate to Haverbrack. We continue to Hazelslack, Carr Bank, and then join the railway embankment path again to walk back into Arnside. The walk follows mainly tracks, country roads, field and woodland paths. There are places where paths are muddy and rough with smooth rock at ground level, so care is needed. As well as good estuary views, we will also see a lime kiln, at least one pele tower, and hopefully a herd of deer

D Walk  Easy/Moderate 6 miles            Leader Carol Higgins

Alighting on the A6 at Yealand Conyers we walk into the village before making a short walk up the hill to view the spectacular scenery of the Leighton Hall estate and out across the estuary. From here we head downwards and out across the Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, a habitat for many species of birds and wildlife and which has the largest area of reed beds in NW England. Our journey north takes in part of the Gaits Barrows National Nature reserve, one  of Britain's most important areas of limestone landscape, before we emerge on to Silverdale Moss and a sight of Arnside Tower as we head towards Arnside. The walk is done on quiet country lanes, woodland and field paths and tracks. Due to the recent weather it can be slightly muddy in a couple of places.

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Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington : Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box 

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:15     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:20     Colne : Crown Hotel

08:20     Colne : Library

08:25     Colne : Alkincoates

08:30     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

08:40     Nelson : Bus Station

08:45     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:50     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:55     Burnley : Bus Station

08:55     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

09:00     Padiham : Whitegates

09:05     Padiham : Town Hall

09:10     Clayton : Hare and Hounds