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New Life on Arnside Knott

New Life on Arnside Knott

Arnside is one of my favourite ‘local’ places and where I invariably end up when a longer walk for the dog and I is not possible.  Last weekend was no exception and as I have hundreds of photos of the view already I just concentrated on the new plants emerging in our late spring.

Plus I have ‘done the map’.  A short walk starting from Arnside Prom, where you can park your car.  Good walk for kids with lots of muddy places to play.  Maybe  wouldn’t get a push chair to the top. 



The route is just over 3 miles and you can find more details on distance etc here.  Park your car on the front, and set off with the sea on your right.  Pass the lifeboat station and look out for a gate in the woodland on your left.


Gate into Gubbins Wood

The entrance to Grubbins Wood. 



Out of the meadow and down to the shore,


Out of Gubbins Wood to the shore

with the oystercatchers,


Oystercatchers at New Barns Bay

and cowslips


leave the wood and turn left.  Follow the shore line and head up a small lane for a about 100m.  Look out for a gate on the right, with the AOB sign on the post


Follow this lane up into Copridding Wood.


Lane to Copthorn Woods

and enjoy the slow emerging of spring – in May!


Continue through another gate


The woodland opens out a little and becomes a little more ‘scrubby’ with gnarled trees and gorse.


  As the path flattens, turn left and follow up to a gate into the National Trust car park.  Turn right and immediately head up the hill on a stony track.  The track veers left and you will soon be enjoying the views over the estuary and hills beyond.


Head down the hill towards the car park, swing right over a cattle grid and then through a small gate and continue downhill until you come out onto the narrow Knott road.


Continue down hill for no more than 5 minutes, on the road.  On the right will be a gate into Dobshall Wood, with a bench immediately inside the gate.

Turn left down the hill.   You can take a detour to look round the woodland.

Come out of the meadow on to a path and head right between the meadow and houses to your left.


Robins here are particularly friendly.


At the end of the path continue right along the road to a T Junction. 

Turn left and you will see a footpath between houses on the left.  This quickly leads into Ashmeadow woods, which will return you to the estuary shore.


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  1. What a beautiful walk. We visited Arnside for the first time this summer and it is so beautiful.

    • Thank you. Good one for kids too! 🙂

  2. That looks absolutely beautiful, gorgeous photos too x

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful way to spend a day


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