9 go mad in the North – Arnside Amble   3 comments

After my bout clumsiness inspired self harm, the start of our half term holiday was scuppered. To the rescue came Mark and his wonderful wife and family who offered to put up with us for an extra couple of days. Clearly they had a mountain of food they wanted us to eat and a tidy house that needed a good mess up. Seriously I was and am eternally grateful for rescuing our holiday and my own embarrassment

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

So we got to spend a whole week oop North and despite the ice age that descended for the week we had an amazing time, a mix of some local wanders which the area has a vast multitude and a couple of longer days out mixed in with lots of chilling and quite staggering amount of food eaten.

The first day was the Bank Holiday so we obeyed the golden rule of staying well away from cars and driving. Instead we took what I consider to be a classic walk, from Silverdale, around the coast to Arnside and then back over Arnside Knott. The coastal stretch through Far Arnside, Arnside Point, New Barns (and a short diversion into Grubbins Wood this time) is a cracker. The beach was kind to us today with firm sand rather than the gooey, trainer-swallowing  mud the last time we did the walk

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

It was a little grey to begin with but slowly, surely as we reached Arnside the skies became clearer and the sun came out.

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

Arnside is a lovely seaside (or estuaryside!) village on the Kent and we timed our arrival to squeeze in lunch at the local pie shop. Pies, peas, mash gravy and pickles were heartily consumed to sustain us on the major ascent of Arnside Knott (via an extended play in the very fine park). As we climbed the sun really came out to play and as always the views across the estuary to the mountains of the Lake District and over Morecambe Bay were sublime.

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

It’s one of my favourite small hills and Mark and the gang are so lucky to have this fine eminence on their doorstep to climb whenever they feel the need.

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

It was even warm enough – just – on the top for a sit down in the sun. The Dangerous Brothers led the tree climbing frivolities as always frightening the hell out of me as they always do – I’m sure they do it deliberately.

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

We could have stayed for hours such is the quality of the views but we had chickens to cook and at this rate we’d be eating after midnight and turning in to Gremlins

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

silverdale, lancashire, far arnside, arnside point, new barns, grubbins wood, arnside. arnside knott

A very fine first day and bank holiday indeed

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3 responses to “9 go mad in the North – Arnside Amble

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  1. Great set of photos of a very enjoyable day. And a bit of Mr Everret’s finest to boot! Marvelous.

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    beatingthebounds
    • The whole week was full of little micro-moments and memories that I’d forgotten until I start looking at the photos and writing the blog. I’d forgotten about the pie shop until I wrote this! This walk is a true classic and always delivers. Arnside Knott is a firm favourite as you can tell from non-lyrical waxings

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