This is another photo journey of one of the few local walks I can do from home - the idea being to give a continuous impression of the walk with a photo every few hundred yards. The photos are therefore primarily for that purpose rather than attempts to win Photographer of the Year, but I have tried as best I can.
The tour of Arnside Knott, which at 159 metres is the lowest Marilyn is a little classic. Many people who visit Arnside target this summit, not particularly because of its M status, rather for the extensive views over Morecambe Bay to the west across to Grange-over-Sands and the Lake District, and to the south to Morecambe and Heysham Power Station, and the picturesque railway viaduct across the Leven estuary to the north-east.
|We are now on that left turn|
|Branching left the path climbs steeply and is a bit loose and rocky - it is a good workout from here all the way to the Knott if you push hard|
|This is still steep and emergence from the trees is in sight|
|Another left fork to take us to double gates, again still steep|
|Through this gate and immediately right through another to continue climbing on a more open field|
|Take the upper path here and keep climbing|
|Up to a gate in the wall just to the right of the lefthand tree|
|Through the gate and turn right - then on the level|
|Looking back down this steep field from the gate - a splendid sledging route when we get the occasional suitable snow|
A couple of hundred yards up here takes us to the bench and the view.
Today I have not visited the trig point off to the left. There is surprisingly no worthwhile view from there considering its raison d'être
|This is the sort of unofficial summit where you can sit and look across to Grange-over-Sands and down to the railway viaduct to the right|
|Grange and Lake District hills behind|
|Railway viaduct. I think the trees have gown up here - it was a better view when I first came here twenty years ago|
|A few yards on from the bench - the lover's tree. One of those legends: two lovers, family disapprove, lovers entwine saplings to proclaim their love. I am amazed that this has survived without vandalism during my twenty years sojourn.|
|From now we can look south over the bay to Morecambe. Our route takes a left just past the righthand tree to drop steeply down a narrow rocky path|
|At this T junction we go left descending towards Silverdale Road after about quarter of a mile. Right goes to the top of Heathwaites|
|A couple of hundred yards before Silverdale Road we fork left up steep little climb left of gate|
|We dodge under this magnificent old Yew tree, now with the very steep scree slopes of the Knott on our left.|
|Another road access but we carry straight on to the finish|