Coach trip to Arnside – Saturday 8th June

Information about this trip is below. Several bookings have already been made, so book promptly to avoid disappointment.

There will be a choice of three led walks all offering great views of the coast and the Lake District hills. All walks will finish in Arnside where there are pubs, cafés and toilets.

Pick-up Points and times: 

7.40am. Snape Road, Macclesfield (Off Queens Avenue which is off Hulley Road), at McCarthy’s Coach Depot. Roadside car parking.

8.00am. The Boddington Arms, Wilmslow. Free car park at Lindow Common adjacent.

We hope to have short stops at a service station on the M6 in both directions.

The coach will take us to Carnforth where the Long walk will start, about 1.5 hours’ drive and then to Milnthorpe where the Medium walk will start. The final drop-off point will be at Sandside for the start of the Short walk.

5.00pm. Depart Arnside.

General information: Arnside is a small village on the Kent Estuary and we hope to be there in time to have a cup of tea before boarding the coach for the return. The coach will be in Arnside for most of the day. Please bring a packed lunch. 

Walks

These walks have not yet been recce’d so are subject to change. The walks are all in pleasant countryside or along coastal paths.

The Long Walk led by Colin Park is an 11-mile moderate linear walk starting from Carnforth Station. We will visit the ruins of Warton Old Rectory (free entry) and ascend Warton Crag with views across Morecambe Bay. The crag is an area of limestone loving plants and home to several rarer birds including the Peregrine Falcon, so bring binoculars. The walk then crosses Leighton Moss Nature Reserve before following the cost to Silverdale before ascending Arnside Knott which gives views over the estuary and to the Lake District. The walk will finish in Arnside

The Medium Walk led by Steve Hull is an 8-mile moderate linear walk starting from Milnthorpe. We cross the deer park to Beetham before entering woods to look at the interesting limestone formation at Fairy Steps. The route then passes the peel towers at Hazelslack and Arnside before ascending Arnside Knott and following the coast back to Arnside.

The Short Walk led by Ruth Harrison is a 6-mile moderate linear walk. We will leave the coach at Sandside on the Kent Estuary and follow woodland paths to reach the ruins of Hazelslack Tower, a ruinous 14th century peel tower. The route goes around the edge of Silverdale Moss Bird Reserve to reach the ruins of Arnside Tower – a ruinous late medieval tower house. We then go over Arnside Knott to reach Arnside. Most of the walk is fairly level but there is an ascent over Arnside Knott of around 150 metres.

Arnside is a small coastal village and although it has some facilities is probably not suitable for people who do not wish to follow one of the above walks, although it would be possible to take a stroll along the coast path towards Silverdale.

If you have any questions about the coach trip, please contact:

Steve Hull on walks or by email (steve.hull618@btinternet.com)