GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Arnside Knott Circular Walk

2 miles (2.5 km)

This popular circular walk takes you around a small, coastal hill in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. The route runs for a distance of just under two miles with a small climb on the way.
The Knott is a popular beauty spot and internationally important wildlife area. The area includes a mixture of limestone grassland, woodland, wet meadow, scree and scrub. It's also renowned for its butterflies and flowers. From the 159 metres (522 ft) high point there are fabulous views over Silverdale and the coastal estuary towards Grange over Sands, Morecambe Bay, the River Kent Estuary and the Lake District fells. There's a handy toposcope at the top which details the landmarks you can see from the summit.
This circular walk starts at the car park by the hill and takes you to the viewpoint and through the woodland on public footpaths. It runs for about 1.5 miles with a little climbing on the way.
You can continue your walk by picking up the Cumbria Coastal Way which starts at the nearby Milnthorpe Sands. Or you could visit the nearby Leighton Moss Nature Reserve. Also nearby is Warton Crag nature reserve with its rare butterflies and plants.
Just to the south, you can follow footpaths to and enjoy a climb to the Victorian Pepperpot monument on King William's Hill.

Arnside Knott OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Arnside Knott Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head north from the hill and visit the pretty village of Arnside for some refreshments after your walk. The Albion is a good choice with lovely views across the Kent Estuary from the waterfront pub. There's a nice outdoor seating area where you can sit and take in views of Lakeland hills. You may also catch the Arnside Bore if you are there at the right time. The bore occurs at high tides, especiallyspring tides, where the incoming tide ofMorecambe Baynarrows into the river estuary. You can find the pub at 36 The Promenade with a postcode of LA5 0HA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The Knott is a great place to walk your dog with nice woodland paths to explore. The Albion pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south east of the hill you will find the atmospheric ruins of Arnside Tower. The late-medievaltower house(orPele tower) was built in the second half of the 15th century. It's aScheduled Monumentand Grade II* listed building and makes for a striking photo. You can reach it easily by picking up a footpath at Hare Parrock at the southern part of the site.
In Arnside you will find the delightful Ashmeadow Woodlands. There's some lovely footpaths here with lots of birdlife to enjoy. The woods can be accessed from the end of Arnside Promenade or walk along the first bit of the coast path and access the woodland from the opening near the coastguard station.
Another nice idea is to catch the train over the Kent viaduct to Grange Over Sands on the other side of the river. The Cumbria Coastal way runs along the front, providing great views back over to Arnside. You can also try our Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel Circular Walk which visits the fascinating 12th century Cartmel Priory and the splendidly positioned Hampsfell Hospice.
Head a few miles north and you could visit Witherslack and enjoy some splendid limestone scenery at the Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve. Just to the east of Witherslack there's also the Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve. The reserve has some nice boardwalks to follow over the peat bog. It's also excellent for wildlife with ospreys, hobby, sparrowhawk, buzzard and peregrineto look out for from the bird hides.
Follow the Limestone Link east and you could visit a local geological highlight at Beetham's Fairy Steps. Here you will find an unusual natural limestone staircase which you can climb for more excellent views. The little village of Beetham is also well worth exploring with its 14th century ruined manor house and a particularly lovely garden centre.


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View from just below Arnside Knott looking North West over River Kent estuary

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Limestone screes and grassland on the south face of this rugged little hill.

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Slopes below the Knott with the Kent estuary and Arnside railway viaduct in the distance.

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The well maintained trig point on the summit

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Arnside Viaduct from the Knott. The railway line is carried over theRiver Kenton a viaduct 552 yards (505m) long, with 50 piers. It was built in 1857 and rebuilt in 1915.

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View North East from the trig point

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Erosion of the very popular path arrears to have exposed the roots of this tree.

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Yew woods. Dark and ancient woodlands belowthe Knott


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Arnside Knott.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)