Last weekend I was out with my local Rambling Club on a visit to Arnside situated on the estuary of the River Kent
Today Arnside has a genteel feel about it and it is hard to believe that a couple of centuries ago it was a thriving port. The Kent Estuary provided the only port in the old county of Westmorland. Coal and iron-ore were landed at Arnside and Milnthorpe and cloth exported. All that came to an end with the improvement of the road structure and the building of the Lancaster Canal and the arrival of the railway. The silting up of the estuary and construction of the railway viaduct means that only small sailing boats can now navigate the waters.
We began our walk along the promenade before our steady climb up to Arnside Knott. As we gained height we could look across the estuary to the Lake District Fells with the snow glinting on the Scafell and Coniston range.
It was pleasant walking and surprisingly mild after the past couple of days.
We saw some Highland Breed cattle which despite their fearsome appearance were very tame.
At the top of Arnside Knott we saw the remains of the Knotted Trees.
Two trees were knotted together as saplings and grew up entwined with each other. Unfortunately they have now almost rotted away. Although Arnside Knott is only 522 ft in height there are marvellous views from the summit. I have stitched a couple of images together to give a panoramic view looking over to the Lake District.
We now headed towards Arnside Tower, one of several pele-towers build as protection against the marauding Scots.
Arnside Tower was built by the de Broughton family about 1340. It was badly damaged by fire in 1602 but w2as restored and occupied until 1690. It then fell into neglect and now the structure is unsafe.
We continued on a path along the edge of woodland to cross the railway to the hamlet of Waterslack. After recrossing the railway we walked through Eaves Wood to reach Elmslack and then followed paths and lanes to reach Cove Road. After passing through a couple of caravan parks we reached the coast. The next mile was along the cliff top path. The scenery was brilliant but you needed to keep your eyes on the ground. It was not the place to slip.
Turning back inland we walked along forest paths before dropping down to the promenade at Arnside. Looking behind us we could see that the sun had finally appeared to give us a lovely sunset.
We had done 10 miles but were still back in time to enjoy a pint of the local “Fighting Cocks” beer before our journey home.