Around Warton Crag, Leighton Hall and Leighton Moss(approx. 5½ miles)

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Maps: Explorer OL7 - The English Lakes: South Eastern Area. map
Start & Finish: SD 477 737 - Leighton Moss - Allen and Eric Morecambe pools car park (2 metre height restriction). Alternatively, use public transport and start/finish this walk at Silverdale Station.
Route: Limestone scenery, woodland and coast are all part of this short but varied walk. The route also passes the largest stone circle in Lancashire, historic Leighton Hall and through the RSPB reserve of Leighton Moss.
Links to route files: .gpx (for many handheld devices) .kml (Google Earth - Google Earth must be installed on the device in order to open this file)
More info: route profile
Refreshments: We stopped for refreshment at the RSPB's Leighton Moss Visitor Centre Café. There are also tea rooms at Leighton Hall on the route (though check opening times/dates). Not far from the route are a tearoom at Wolfhouse Gallery and a pub in Silverdale village.
leaving Allen and Eric Morecambe pools car park If starting this walk from Silverdale Station - click here.

Walk out of the car park and turn right to follow the track back to the road. Turn right and walk along the road …
lane leaving New Lane, Silverdale … for about 300 metres. Turn left down the lane pictured. There is a footpath fingerpost - but it's rather lost, competing against the paintball and clay pigeon shooting signs
near Moss House Form, Silverdale Follow the lane until you come another fingerpost pointing up a track on your right. Follow this track for a few metres and look out for …
near Moss House Form, Silverdale … the footpath into the woods on your right - it's before the gate and sign saying, No Footpath. After about 300 metres you leave the woods, passing through a narrow gate next to a wide metal gate.
near Moss House Form, Silverdale … which winds to the right and climbs very gently. Pass through a gateway and walk up a stony track with woodland on both sides.
near Grisedale Wood Bear left where the track divides. Go through the gate and follow the rutted track through the field with woodland and a wire fence on your left.
near Grisedale Wood Although our OS map showed the right of way bearing off to the right - we could find no sign of any gate or stile in the position indicated by the map. So we continued to walk alongside the wire fence and through the gateway pictured into the next field.

Bear right in front of the rocky outcrop …
near Grisedale Wood … and you will see a waymarker post indicating the position of the path to follow (there was also a sign on one of the trees).
near Grisedale Wood Further up the field the path runs between trees (and is clearer on the ground). You also pass another waymarker post before coming to a narrow metal gate set in a stone wall. Go through the gate and …
track leading to Peter Lane … bear left, following the track pictured, through a metal gate and out on to …
Peter Lane … a single track road (Peter Lane). Cross the road and follow the footpath opposite. Follow the path along the right of the field through another metal gate. The path now passes through an area with limestone outcrops and small areas of limestone pavement.
Peter Lane Limekiln You pass to the right of Peter Lane Limekiln and the path bears slightly left, passing between more outcrops of limestone.
near Peter Lane Follow the path alongside a stone wall on the right until you reach a stile and footpath marker on your right (as pictured). Don't go through the stile - instead turn left …
walking towards Peter Lane … to walk along a wide grassy track between trees. At the far end of this track …
kissing gate leading onto Peter Lane … you walk through this wooden kissing gate. Turn right, following the road for about 50 metres …
Peter Lane … and cross the stile on the left (between the grit bin and the wide wooden gate). Just beyond the stile is a signpost - bear left, following the path signed for Summerhouse Hill and Leighton Hall.
climbing Summerhouse Hill The path climbs gently, through a stone wall onto the open fell.
near the top of Summerhouse Hill Continue climbing and pass to the right of this outcrop of rock surmounted by a cairn of stones. The origin of the cairn is uncertain - it is listed as an ancient monument and described as the largest stone circle in Lancashire - but it has also been dismissed as a collapsed tor.

At the top of the hill a wooden kissing gate leads …
near the top of Summerhouse Hill looking towards Leighton Hall … through a line of trees to provide this magnificent view across to Leighton Hall and beyond. Walk down the grassy slope to meet the drive.
farm road to Leighton Hall Farm Turn right along the drive and walk through the gateway pictured. Follow the track, passing farm buildings and through a gateway. The track bears to the left, then after about a further 60 metres …
near Leighton Moss … it divides. Take the right hand track which leads to …
the causeway across Leighton Moss … the causeway across Leighton Moss. This is a nature reserve owned and managed by the RSPB. There are a number of hides which can be accessed if you have paid the admission charge (or if you are a member of the RSPB - or have travelled to the reserve by public transport or bike).
public hide, Leighton Moss RSPB reserve But there is also a public hide on the right of the causeway.
view from public hide, Leighton Moss RSPB reserve From this you have splendid views across the reedbeds.
Storrs Lane Continue along the causeway to emerge on Storrs Lane. Turn left and look out for this footpath on your left. Follow this path …
path from Storrs Lane to rear of RSPB visitor centre … which runs parallel to the road and then round the back of the RSPB Visitor Centre. We stopped off here for a cup of tea before leaving the Centre …
leaving RSPB Leighton Moss Visitor Centre … via the front entrance. Turn left along Storrs Lane. A few metres along the road you come to a junction. Turn left to follow Slackwood Lane.

For those starting the walk at Silverdale Station - leave the station and turn left down down Red Bridge Lane. At the road junction bear right onto Slackwood Lane.
junction of Slackwood Lane and New road, Silverdale Follow for about 300 metres to the road junction pictured. Follow the main road uphill round to the right.
junction of Slackwood Lane and Hollins Lane, Silverdale After another 300 metres (approximately) turn left down Hollins Lane. This is signposted for Jenny Brown's Point (along with Wolfhouse gallery, Gibraltar Farm and cycle routes). Follow the lane for just over 100 metres …
footpath leaving Hollins Lane … until you see a path signed Public Footpath to the Shore & Browns Point. Turn left along this path through woodland (scented with wild garlic in March when we completed the walk).
path towards the shore There's a stone stile to cross, before the view ahead to the bay opens up. The path gradually descends to run alongside a wire fence (at one point, near to the sea defences the path was so muddy that we followed an unofficial diversion slightly up the hillside to the right of the official path.
fingerpost at junction of paths near Quaker's Stang The junction of paths is marked by the signpost pictured. We've just come along the Public Bridleway from Hollins Lane through Flagstaff Wood. Turn left to walk …
sea defences - Quaker's Stang? … along the sea defences labelled on the OS map as Quaker's Stang. An intriguing name - Andy Denwood makes some suggestions as to its derivation in his blog.
approaching the car park As you near the railway, follow the path as it bears right to cross a drainage ditch. The entrance to the car park is on your right.

If you started the walk at Silverdale Station - walk past the car park entrance and turn right to follow the track back to the road. Turn right and walk along the road … Click here to continue.

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All text and images ©Graham Dean, April, 2016.

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