Sunday, 2nd December 2012

Walk: Ash Meadow, Blackstone Point, Arnside Point, Park Point, Far Arnside, Middlebarrow Plain, Arnside Tower, Arnside Knott, Black Dyke and Arnside Moss
Start Point: Arnside Pier Grid Reference: SD 456 788
Distance: 8.25 miles Ascent: 706 feet
Time: 5.25 hours    
Weather: Sunny most of the day with temperatures below freezing. Icy patches on many roads and tracks.
Comments: 'Slip Sliding Away' would have been the appropriate song for the day as many walking surfaces were coated with ice for most of the day. However, this didn't prevent twenty hardy Fylde Ramblers from enjoying a very pleasant day in the vicinity of Arnside. The walk started by using the frozen beach along the River Kent, (known for its tidal bore), to then follow a land based path from Blackstone Point. Many pleasant views of the coast line could be seen on the walk from Arnside to Middlebarrow Plain. Turning inland at Holgate's Caravan site the group, after stopping for lunch in the grounds of the caravan site, went on to explore Arnside Knott and to climb to five hundred feet above sea level. At this elevation fine views of the Lake District, Morecambe Bay and parts of North Lancashire were appreciated. Descending from Arnside Knott the esteemed leader took the group down to Arnside Moss, gaining a stray dog on the way, before returning to Arnside via an old rail track on the coast. An enjoyable day and in good company. Thank you leader.

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The Kent viaduct - missed the train

 

Below freezing - note the icy road, etc

 

Grange over Sands across the River Kent

 

Elevenses was on a frosty beach . . .

 

but a drop of hot coffee went down well

 

Another group of ramblers enjoying the day

 

Ice crystals on beach pebbles

 

A frozen beach pool near to Blackstone Point

 

Skaters Waltz

 

The River Kent and Morecambe Bay from Frith Wood

 

a heron waiting for lunch to come by

 

Another view of the River Kent

 

Follow my leader at Frith Wood

 

What - no tidal bore today

 

A silhouette

 

More of the River Kent

 

A welcoming seat . . .

 

with a nice view

 

On the way to Middlebarrow Plain

 

Arnside Knott and Hare Parrock

 

About to explore Arnside Knott

 

Exploring Arnside Knott

 

Another welcoming seat . . .

 

with this view on offer

 

A Silver Birch on Arnside Knott

 

A distant Grange over Sands

 

One of the beasts on Arnside Knott that are helping to control the vegetation

 

The Kent Viaduct seen from Arnside Knott

 

Overlooking Arnside

 

Among the reeds on Arnside Moss

 

On the embankment of a former railway - between Sandside and Arnside

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