Sun 4th Feb, 2001
Arnside & Silverdale Walk
Members: Brian Taylor, Frank and Margaret Williams, Dave Dillon, Margaret Baldock, Graham and Sue Harkness, Tony Gask, Lester Payne, Ian McCallum, Pete Walker, Midge Castick, John Dobson, Christine Beeston, Kate Sparks.
Guests: Martin Heaton, Zoe Talks.
I was somewhat surprised at the good turnout considering the forecast of wind, rain and snow! We set off and were soon on the top of Warton Crag, it was then down hill towards the coast, the weather also went down hill rapidly and by the time we crossed the marshland near Leighton Moss it was sleeting horizontally. The weather temporally improved again and we headed along the attractive coast towards Silverdale (as far as I know this is one of the few really interesting stretches of coast in Lancashire).
We then headed up Arnside Knot at 159 metres, the snow was laying on the top of the hill and pleasant views were afforded towards Grange-over-Sands. From there it was past Arnside Towers and then to Leighton Moss visitor centre for a warm up and a welcome cup of tea. The last part of the walk was unfortunately a bit of a route march in deteriorating weather (more horizontal sleet) back to the car park below Warton Crag at about 4.30pm .
Meet at 9.30 am for a 9.45 am start at the car park below Warton Crag (Grid ref 492723 0S map 97).Although this area might seem a bit tame for a mountaineering club hopefully the compensation will be a varied walk of approximately 10 miles over crags, through woodland, nature reserves and along the coast. The proposed route takes us over Warton crag, down to Crag Foot, along the coast to Silverdale, up over Arnside Knot at the dizzy height of 159 metres! (apparently this is a glorious viewpoint), back past Hawes Water and Leigton Moss and then back to the car.
Contact me for further information.