Wednesday, 27th August 2008

             

      

 

Walk: Silverdale - Eaves Wood, Arnside Tower, Heathwaite, Kent Estuary, Arnside Knott (nearly), Black Dyke (no band) and Gait Barrows Nature Reserve
Start Point: Eaves Wood car park at Silverdale Grid Reference: SD 471 760
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 4.75 hours    
Weather: Rather dull with some light rain with only miniscule glimpses of sun
Comments: 12 members + 1 leader set off through Eaves Woods and came out where we intended at Arnside Tower, although the route was not exactly as planned! Leader's secret. From there we made our way via Heathwaite, S.W. flank of Arnside Knott & Copridding Woods to the Kent Estuary. Before we reached the prom at Arnside it was uphill to the N.E. side of the Knott and down to South side of Arnside and the Cemetery, where we stopped for lunch. From there it was downhill to Black Dyke and a flat return through the fields and Gait Barrows Nature Reserve back to Eaves Wood CP. There was a new permissive path, not shown on the map, round Challan Hall that cut out going to the road and back again. I think I will call this walk, ‘Arnside Knott – nearly’.

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Hollins Farm, SD 451 766, below Heathwaite

 

Group at Hollins trying to ignore the chap with the camera

 

Heathwaite, here we come!

 

Looking back to the Kent estuary from Heathwaite

 

We reach the Kent estuary . . .

 

but there are no trains on the viaduct

 

Shaggy friends below Arnside Knott. 'I'm quite docile despite the horns'

 

Lunch at the cemetery at Arnside . . .

 

where Marjorie hands out sweets . . .

 

whilst Bob checks where he is

 

Arnside Tower in the distance

 

Limestone pavement out of which trees are growing and resting on rocks

 

Lovely nature reserve in Silverdale . . .

 

which is beautiful despite the dull day . . .

 

and again . . .

 

where Marjorie leads the way

 

The group about to try the new permissive path around Challan Hall

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