Arnside, Milnthorpe and Sandside(approx. 8 miles)

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Maps: Explorer OL7 - The English Lakes: South Eastern Area. Starting point
Start & Finish: SD 456 788 - Arnside Promenade (or Arnside Station).
Route: This walk takes in fields, woodland, a deer park, a disused railway through a limestone cutting and finishes with spectacular views over the Kent estuary. It also passes close to a 14th century Pele Tower and a Grade 1 listed house. At high spring tides, some paths are flooded (as we found to our cost - check the tides).
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Refreshments: There is plenty of choice in both Arnside and Milnthorpe. We enjoyed eating at Arnside Chip Shop.
Route profile:
Arnside Viaduct Walk along the Promenade towards the railway station.
Arnside Station Continue walking along Station Road, passing the station on your left. About 13 mile beyond the station
Black Dyke Road, Arnside take the footpath on the left, signposted Hazelslack 23 mile. The short track leads down to the railway. Cross this
Arnside Moss and follow the narrow path ahead between wire and post fences. The path leads to a wooden footbridge and through a gate
Arnside Moss into the field pictured. Continue walking in the same direction. Leave the field through a wooden kissing gate (just to the left of a wider gateway).
Arnside Moss The waymark post in the next field has lost its direction indicators - but head to the far left corner of the field. A gate opens onto a country road. Cross this and pass through the stone stile immediately opposite.
approaching Hazelslack Farm Bear slightly to the right crossing this field and the limestone outcrops to the gateway in the far right corner.
approaching Hazelslack Farm Bear left heading for a gateway almost in line with Hazelslack Tower. Climb the stone stile to the right of the gateway and turn right to follow the narrow road past the Grade II listed pele tower.
Hazelslack Farm - gatepost Immediately you pass the pele tower turn left into the farm drive which has unusual gateposts - see photograph! Walk towards the farm buildings
Hazelslack Farm - finding the stile! keeping to the right.

On the day we completed the walk it was difficult to see the stile. The pictures show that it was obscured by the bins and the rather smart black car. If I were a landowner with a footpath crossing my land - I'd do my best to make sure that it was as easy to find as possible - so that walkers only walked where they had a right to!

Once you've found it, climb the stile
Hazelslack and cross to the stile at the far right of the field. Cross the narrow road and enter the field opposite by means of another stile (signed for Cockshot Lane). Cross the bottom of the field
Hazelslack to climb the steps to another stile. Once over this stile, keep to turn left and walk alongside the left field boundary.
looking towards Longtail Wood Pass through the gateway at the end of this field and then walk diagonally across the next field. A narrow stile leads to
looking towards Longtail Wood a short, stony track. Walk up this to the gateway and stile pictured. Bear right across the field
looking towards Longtail Wood heading to a wooden stile. Cross the stile and continue in the same direction through woodland.
Longtail Wood The path is well waymarked - it crosses another path - with waymarker as pictured. Continuing ahead you cross sections of limestone pavement before reaching a stone stile. Once through the stile turn right to follow a minor road.
Cockshot Lane Follow the road for about 500 yards until you come to the junction with a track on your left (pictured). Follow the finger post signed for Haverbrack. The track runs between stone walls and you pass a stone barn on the left before
near Haverbrack coming to a junction of paths. Turn right (again following the finger post for Haverbrack). Admire the view towards the Yorkshire Dales on your right, before passing farm buildings at Haverbrack. After the track winds round to the right
near Haverbrack look out for the stile shown in the photograph. Proceed through the stile to cross a narrow road and climb the stile opposite to enter parkland.
Dallam Park Continue walking ahead, down towards the metal gates pictured. Go through the first kissing gate and cross the road to pass through the kissing gate in the deer fence.
Dallam Park The route through the deer park is clearly waymarked by a series of wooden posts. At a junction of routes, bear left. As you come up to the shoulder of the hill you can see Milthorpe ahead.
Dallam Park Walk down towards the bridge - If you don't wish to visit Milnthorpe, bear left before the bridge. However we continued across the bridge and turned right to follow the road
Milnthorpe and cross the A6 reach to the village centre. There are plenty of places to obtain refreshment before retracing your steps back to the bridge across the River Bela.
Dallam Park Once across the bridge follow the path on the right which runs fairly close to the river. Where the path meets the road, close to the impressive Dallam Tower, turn right.
leaving Dallam Park Continue along the driveway, through the gateway and cross the road.
Park Road, Milnthorpe Go through the kissing gate and walk close to the river.
close to the River Bela and its confluence with the Kent There was no need to climb the stiles shown in the photograph, it is possible to just walk round them as the fences are in a state of disrepair. The river here is tidal - on the first occasion that we walked this route (at a very high spring tide) the two stiles pictured along with the field close to the river and a ditch were all flooded with seawater. (Even when flooded, if you are prepared to stray from the right of way, it is possible to cut the corner walking round the flooded ditch and heading directly for the end of the embankment.)
the Kent estuary/Morecambe Bay Assuming that the tide has allowed, continue along the river and follow the bank round to the left at it meets the River Kent. The embankment of the former Arnside to Hincaster branch line will be on your left and you will be able to see the path up to it ahead of you. Walk along the embankment until steps lead up to the road.
crossing Park Road between Milnthorpe and Sandside Cross the road and follow the side road opposite. This leads past the entrance to a quarry on the left and flats on your right. This is part of the Storth Geotrail Guide - one of the highlights is
Sandside Limekiln Sandside Limekiln on the left of the road. An information board explains how the kilns functioned.
path onto dismantled railway After passing the kiln, look out for the footpath on the right. After leaving the road turn immediately left
dismantled railway at Sandside to follow the line of the railway once again. This leads through a cutting and under a couple of bridges. As you leave the cutting look out on your right for a wooden gate with a kissing gate alongside. Go through the kissing gate, walk up to the road and turn right
the shore at Sandside then access the beach through the gate pictured (at spring tides this path may be impassable - but it is possible to climb the metal roadside fence back up the hill and then down the stony embankment).

Follow the path round to rejoin
dismantled railway between Sandside and Arnside the route of the dismantled railway track. This provides
view across the Kent estuary/Morecambe Bay magnificent views across the estuary. The track continues along the edge of the estuary until
Arnside Station you reach Arnside Station. Make your way onto the platform and across the footbridge. Leave the station and
Station Road, Arnside turn right to follow the road back to Arnside.

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All text and images ©Graham Dean, June, 2015.

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