The villages of Silverdale, Arnside and Storth border the estuary where the River Kent empties its waters into Morecambe Bay. Silvery limestone hills, where the pavement has been eroded into clints and grykes, erupt from the gentle pastures beyond the villages and give Silverdale its name.
Distance 10 km
Distance 10.5km (6½ miles)
Time 3–4 hours
Terrain Generally easy walking; walking boots advisable
Maps OS Explorer OL7
The villages of Silverdale, Arnside and Storth border the estuary where the River Kent empties its waters into Morecambe Bay. Silvery limestone hills, where the pavement has been eroded into clints and grykes, erupt from the gentle pastures beyond the villages and give Silverdale its name. Many of the hills are skirted with deciduous woodlands, such as quaintly named Eaves, Gait Barrows, Cringlebarrow, Middlebarrow, Bottoms and Underlaid. Parts of Eaves Wood, where this walk starts, have been a broad-leaved woodland continuously since the 1600s.
Park in the easy-to-miss car park on the edge of Eaves Wood, Silverdale, grid ref 472759 (northwest of Leighton Moss visitor centre). Leave from the back of the parking area by a wide track beyond a gate to walk through ash, hazel, small-leaved lime and oak woodland. At the waymarked T-junction turn left to continue a short way along the edge of the wood to a Y-junction, where you begin to climb the right branch. Ascend steadily and at the next Y-junction take the right fork again. Follow the track as it begins to wind left, then at the first waymark you spot bear right to climb a wide track which is soon edged with limestone clints, and then becomes stepped. Emerge into an open area with limestone scarp to the right and go on past some crag-fast yew. Continue on until you reach a waymark directing you left for a short ascent onto a fine hillock. Ahead stands the Pepperpot, a memorial to Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887, and in summer rockrose spangles the turf here. Pause to enjoy the magnificent view.
Return from the top to the track, turn right and continue to the waymark directing you right. Then descend the grand wide, winding path that takes you down through the trees to join the main track. A waymark directs you left, but you need to turn right and continue along the right of way. Ignore the narrow path that descends left and go on to come beside a high stone wall on your left and two huge old waterstorage troughs on your right. Carry on along the track to arrive at the narrow lane at Elmslack.
Cross the road and walk down signposted Cove Road. Watch out for arrows directing you down a continuing narrow walled-and-hedged way (Walling Lane) to pass below a house. Go through a gate to join a road, go ahead for a few steps, and where the road turns left take the walled track ahead to arrive at the road to Arnside. Turn right and walk on. Cross as soon as possible and continue to where the busy road bends sharply right. Here turn left, signposted ’Cul-de-sac and to the shore’. This quickly brings you to a delightful cove with anintriguing cave to the right and a fine view of the bay. Then take the white kissing gate on the left and, beyond, climb a rising walled track with more fine views out to sea.
At the end of the track go through another kissing gate and follow the grassy trod across some gated pastures (the Lots) to join the road to Silverdale. Turn left and follow the road as it winds right. Where the main road swings left, cross with care and continue ahead up Stankelt Road, with the wall on your right, to take a signposted footpath on the right to Woodwell. Keep walking ahead on this quiet way, not deviating, and following the ’wriggle’ in the path where it bends left and then goes on to the right. Carry on along the waymarked route until you join the road to Silverdale once more. Turn right and at the T-junction walk left. Where this road swings left, go ahead down a ’No through road’ to pass Lindeth Tower, where the writer Elizabeth Gaskell. and her daughters stayed. From their sitting room at the top they watched travellers crossing the sands.
Walk on to take a gate on the right into Jack Scout, a wonderful limestone promontory in the care of the National Trust. Pass the huge restored limekiln and continue ahead through the oak and hawthorn woodland to come to a path on the edge of the cliffs overlooking a great expanse of Morecambe Bay. Walk left until you can take a gate onto a minor road. From here look out to sea for a dramatic view (tide permitting) of Jenny Brown’s Point, a line of shingle-clad boulders stretching for nearly 1.6km (1 mile) towards the horizon. This was part of a scheme in the 19th century to reclaim Silverdale Sands.
The House of Commons approved the scheme, but when the House of Lords did not agree the plan was abandoned and the line of boulders left to the birds. Descend to end of the road and go on along the rough shore to wind round the outside of the wall in front of Brown’s Houses, where Jenny lived. Continue on an easier way now, just above the shore, to pass a tall chimney (restored), once a limekiln, and then over sea-washed turf. Climb a stile and a short distance along take a rising path continuing just above a wet part of the route to come to a signpost. Here turn left to climb steepishly towards Heald Brow. Follow the waymarked path as it winds left and then right and crosses a stile into Heald Brow woodland, continuing through the trees to come to a stone stepped stile. Keep ahead with the wall to your left and wriggle through a gap beside a gate at the next wall. Carry on over
the next stile into a clump of woodland then take a wicket gate to walk a track, right, to a road.
Cross the road and after a few steps right take a footpath to Silverdale village. Drop down some steps then take the upper of two paths to walk along the ’cliffs’. Take care as you go along the top of the limestone scar and through the woodland, because for a short distance the land to your left drops steeply (children should be under control). When your reach an open area go ahead and climb a grassy slope into a wide area of grass. Turn left here and walk to a stile leading into more woodland. Carry on along the pleasing way until the path winds right, between a hedge on the left and a fenced pasture on the right, to come to a road. Turn right and a short distance along cross and take the signed track ’To the church’ going off left. Once through a gate take the grassy trod that runs beside a pasture with the walled gardens of houses to your left. Carry on beside the wall and follow it as it veers left and enters a small copse. Go through a gate and walk left to take a signposted right turn taking you in front of several bungalows and then out into a pasture.
Halfway along take the white kissing gate in the wall on your left and continue along on the other side of the wall. Keep going until you come to a gate giving onto a road. Turn right and after 50 metres take a signposted kissing gate where you walk on with the wall on your right. Go through the stile in the wall, on to the next white kissing gate, and then carry on ahead to a gate to a road called The Row. Turn left and walk along this quiet lane to its end. Cross with care to rejoin your car in the car park opposite.
Update: July 12, 2011
SD 47143 75912
30U 512318 6003149
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Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
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