A pretty coastal walk from Arnside to Silverdale with a return inland. The beach path has some good views across Morecambe Bay to the southern lakes and the village of Silverdale is worth exploring.
The Arnside & Silverdale AONB is a lovely area to walk in. In my own humble opinion it has the best stretch of coastline from the Border with Scotland to the Border with Wales. It is possible to either walk along the sand (tide permitting) or take the parallel path low on the cliff side. Thereby there is a choice to avoid the sand entirely or nip up if the tide looks at all threatening. On this is first section the views across Morecambe Bay to Grange over Sands and the southern lakes is full of interest. As you walk from the headland however the views out to ea are dominated by the distant wind farm. Just be aware the sand at the start of the walk is a little muddy, it gets better!
Although the beach walking is the highlight of the walk it is worth exploring the lovely, if a little sprawling, village of Silverdale. In addition you can extend the walk with the 4 mile extension round Silverdale Head. The return to Arnside is a contrast to the coastal section of the walk. Here the walk crosses fields and some rolling countryside. The highlight however are the ruins of Arnside Tower which are definitely worth exploring.
If you have the energy try for the summit of Arnside Knott, the views will be reward enough.
Most official coastal paths are a few metres higher than the sand. However part of this walk near Silverdale has the right of way passing over land underwater at high tide! There are alternatives.
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