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Sometimes when I need a little time to myself and a gentle walk with the sea breeze (or force 9 gales) in my hair, Arnside is where I head for. There is generally not a lot of people there and it's even got a small cafe! To park, I head for 'New Barns Caravan Park'. There is a small amount of parking just in front of it right where the cafe is. Perfect for a goodbye coffee on the way home.
The first thing to mention about Arnside is the amazingly fast tide. It's announced by a very loud foghorn type thingy which can be heard for miles around. If you hear this get nearer to shore if you are on the sands. It would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the high tide times if you intend to spend any amount of time there. ARNSIDE TIDE TIMES.
For any of you that like a hill to climb, there is Arnside Knott. It's only a little one at 159m, but there are some nice views of the river Kent estuary and the Arnside viaduct from the top. Whilst doing a bit of background on Arnside I discovered that the building of the viaduct caused the estuary to silt up! Man and his meddlin'!
When I visit I always tend to follow the river out along to the ocean, in the direction the first picture is pointing. When you get to the end there is an awesome place to sit and take in the open space, you can see back along the coast to Morecambe. I then cut across the peninsula taking in Arnside Knott on the way back. The whole walk can be done in a couple of hours and isn't very strenuous, no special gear is needed in good weather.
It has to be said that the woodland on Arnside Knott is very dense, only the paths can be used to navigate your way through. It is good a policy to have a map if you want to go back this way. Sometimes I just walk out along the sands staying near to the coast and then back along the path which is on the rock edge above, pretty much back along the same route, but higher up. The return cliff walk also provides a good view across the estuary for your return.
Considering it is so close to the Lake District it doesn't get that busy here. The lakes can get very busy, especially on weekends and around the bigger more popular mountains, an undiscovered beauty spot is always welcome.
There is a lot more to explore in this area than I have covered, and considering the area isn't that large it's a good place to just follow your nose. Make sure you have a map if you don't want to get completely lost.
Silverdale is just down the coast from Arnside and is well known for it's natural beauty, If you're feeling a bit more epic, or the weather is good, maybe have a wander down to take a look!
I also went fishing at Arnside, a long time ago. When the fast tide rises shoals of Flounder head upriver. You can actually pull the fish from the water with your hands, I've seen it done!
new barns caravan park cafe.
I can never resist stopping at the Cafe at 'New Barns Caravan Park' for a coffee. They open it to the public which is good of them, it's far too good of a view to not sit and appreciate with a coffee in hand.
I do feel guilty that I haven't explored the area to the full, I will get round to it at some point. Maybe a weekend camping trip would solve the problem? Considering it is so close to the Lake District it is not that busy here, which is a major plus for me! I'll be visiting Arnside again in the future, of that, I have no doubt. Expect to see more detailed posts of this scenic coastal beauty spot.