The beautiful countryside around Arnside is ideal for exploring on foot. Below are presented two of the most popular local walks. The village also offers a cross bay walk.
ARNSIDE TO SILVERDALE BY COASTAL PATH
Length: 4 miles
Walk along Promenade with shops on left and turn uphill with Silverdale Road as far a Redhills Road on right. Follow signpost 'New Barns - High Knott Road' to junction with the latter. Turn left, following two signs 'Footpath to Silverdale', a noticeboard 'Private Road - Public Footpath only' to reach a metal kissing gate on the right with a 'Public Footpath' sign.
At the end of a fenced path is a ladder stile and a sign 'Silverdale'. A few yards beyond a track goes off to the right eventually reaching a wooden stile giving access to Knott Lane (or Saul's Drive). Go downhill to the sign 'Footpath to White Creek' on the left. Over the wooded stile and through the wooden kissing gate at the end of the field after which the path goes through part of Copridding Wood to emerge on to open heath.
When a wide track is reached, go downhill to re-enter the wood, leaving it again by a stone stile beside a metal gate. Forward across the field to a metal kissing gate, turn left and downhill with the farm road. Alternative routes are available from this point. One may stay on the shore and at the end of the farm, the path climbs the low cliff and follows the shore line to White Creek, at the end of which one climbs back onto the cliff to regain the coastal path. Alternatively, one may continue along the farm road to the farm entrance then left with sign 'White Creek - Far Arnside'. When the path forks, go right with another 'White Creek - Far Arnside' sign. Proceed through the caravan site to an open clearing then follow the 'Far Arnside' sign. When the path reaches the cliff the latter is followed leaving it occasionally to pass through woodland. After passing a 'Far Arnside' sign nailed to a tree and after passing two other 'Far Arnside' signs the hamlet of Far Arnside is reached, after passing through the Hollins Farm Caravan Site. The right of way becomes a tarred road emerging on the main Silverdale Road near to a wooded stile signpost ('Public Footpath to Silverdale'). Forward across a broken wall then follow the wall on the right to another stone and wooden stile, after which bear lightly right through a narrow metal gate, to the top of the slope. Beyond the trees the path joins a tarred camp road along which the way is right to cross the main camp road and passing close to the camp shop (keeping it to your right). The path goes forward to a wooden wicket gate to regain the Silverdale Road.
Turn left past the Silverdale Parish sign and proceed along the road past the Stone Bower Home and ignoring the lane on the right continue along Cove Road to a footpath on the right with a sign 'Public Footpath - Emesgate Lane' at the far end of which one sees St. John's Church.
From St. John's Church at Silverdale continue away from the village passing first 'Townfield' lane on the left and proceeding down the next lane on that side which brings one into Cove Road along which the way is left passing the Stone Bower Home and continuing until the Silverdale parish sign is reached. Just beyond on the right is a wooden wicket gate with a sign 'Footpath to Far Arnside - Public Footpath to Arnside Tower'. The path goes close to the camp shops etc. on the left, crosses the main camp road and along another camp road (with 'no entry' signs) for about 100 yards when the path leaves the road going left through the trees. On emerging, bear slightly right, through a narrow metal gate, to a stone and wooden stile near the wall angle on the far side of the field. Over the stile, keeping with the wall on the left, cross a broken wall and over another stone and wooden stile to reach Silverdale Road. Cross to enter the lane (signpost 'Footpath to Arnside'). After passing through the hamlet of Far Arnside the path goes through the Hollins Farm Caravan Site generally parallel to the shore - the various side tracks lead obviously to caravans. At the second 'Park Point' sign, fork left and, after passing through a wooden wicket gate, the path follows the cliff edge occasionally leaving it to pass through woodlands. When the 'New Barns - Arnside' sign is reached, by a metal 'Arnside' sign nailed to a tree, the way is to the left over the wall until an open space is reached at the shingly and sandy White Creek. From this point, alternative routes are available. One may descend to the shingle and at its end the path goes along the low cliff and follows the shore line until the alternative route is reached at the New Barns farm road. Or instead of going down onto the shingle, continue across the open space and continue forward to another open clearing.
Follow the sign 'Footpath to Arnside' through the caravan site to reach the farm entrance at New Barns. Right with the 'Arnside' sign following the farm road until shortly after it leaves the shore, a metal kissing gate with a sign 'Footpath to Arnside Knott & Silverdale' is reached. Through the gate and at the end of the field a stone stile by a metal gate gives access to Copridding Wood. Uphill through the wood and about 200 yards up the wide track after leaving the wood, a path leaves on the left generally parallel with the wood until it is re-entered. At the end of the wood is a wooden kissing gate and the next field gives access to Knott Lane (or Saul's Drive).
Turn uphill to reach and go over a wooden stile at a sign 'Footpath to Arnside Village'. When the cart track bears right fork left to reach and go over a ladder stile with an 'Arnside' sign.
At the end of the fenced path a metal kissing gate gives access to High Knott Road. Left and downhill to reach Redhills Road when the way is right to join Silverdale Road then left to Arnside Promenade and pier.
MIDDLEBARROW WOOD & ARNSIDE KNOTT
Length: 2 miles
Duration: 1hr 30mins to 2hrs 15mins
Proceed from the pier with the river on your left. Opposite the Promenade Shelter is a path (signpost 'Footpath to Playing Field'). At the top of this lane, go forward to St. James's Church. Turn right (signpost 'Footpath to Silverdale Road') and at the end of this walled path proceed straight up Orchard Road to Silverdale Road when the way is left then fork left along Briery Bank to its junction with Black Dyke Road. Turn right along the latter until a stone stile on the right (sign 'Arnside Tower & Silverdale') is reached. Through the stile and left keeping the farm buildings on the left; over a stone stile by a wooden gate after which the path bears slightly left to a wooden stile giving access to a fenced path with another wooden stile at its other end. Forward alongside the railway over two footbridges and a stile. In a few yards, a T-junction is reached; turn right along the track which keeps just inside the edge of Middlebarrow Wood. Leave this by a sliding wooden gate (sign 'Arnside - Silverdale') and proceed to the sign 'Arnside' which is to the left of the Arnside Tower Farm buildings. Pass between the farm buildings, up the lane to reach Silverdale Road. Follow sign 'Bridleway to Arnside' going uphill a little way until a red arrow is seen at the right hand side of the track. This indicated the Arnside Nature Trail and is followed to the right until it joins another path at the side of a wall. Left and uphill but when the 'red arrow' bears left, keep with the wall on the right, over two ladder stiles (each with an 'Arnside' sign). The path is now fenced and reaches High Knott Road at a metal kissing gate.
Left then sharp right downhill to reach Redhills Road. Then right again to regain Silverdale Road. Cross over into Orchard Road and when it turns sharp left, cross into path opposite (sign on wall 'Parish Church'), left at St. James's Church, along Church Hill and when that turns sharp left, follow 'Public Footpath' sign on right to rejoin the Promenade then left to the pier.
Follow above outward journey up Orchard Road to Silverdale Road. Cross right into Redhills Road.
Follow signpost 'New Barns - High Knott Road' to junction with the latter. Turn left, following two signs 'Footpath to Silverdale', a noticeboard 'Private Road - Public Footpath only' to reach a metal kissing gate on the right with a 'Public Footpath' sign. At the end of the fenced path on the right with a 'Public Footpath' sign. At the end of the fenced path is a ladder stile and a sign 'Silverdale'. Keep parallel with the wall on the left and over another ladder stile with a sign 'To Silverdale'.
Leave this path by one going right (with occasional red arrows on the trees or posts indicating Arnside Nature Trail) and downhill until a wide track is reached when the way is left to emerge on Silverdale Road. Follow the sign 'Footpath to Silverdale' down the lane opposite to reach Arnside Tower Farm. Keep the main farm buildings to your left, then left (sign 'Black Dyke - Arnside Station') to enter Middlebarrow Wood by a sliding wooden gate (sign 'Middlebarrow - Silverdale'). The track is clear and when the way goes right beside the railway take the path to the left alongside the railway, over a stile and two footbridges. Continue forward across the farm road to a wooden stile giving access to a fenced path with another wooden stile at its end. Over this, the path bears slightly left to a stone stile beside a gate.
Keep the farm buildings on the right to reach Black Dyke Road by a stone stile. Turn left until Briery Bank is reached, turn left again and uphill. Pass the Telephone Exchange to reach Silverdale Road. Continue forward to Orchard Road on the right, go down until it turns sharp left, cross into path opposite (sign on wall 'Parish Church'). Left at St. James's Church, along Church Hill and when that turns sharp left, follow 'Public Footpath' sign on right to rejoin the Promenade then left to the pier.
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