Milnthorpe Bridge – Beetham – Haverbrack -

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Milnthorpe Bridge – Beetham – Haverbrack - Milnthorpe Bridge

The term 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' is an accurate description of the countryside round Arnside and Silverdale. It is much loved by people who live in the region but missed by many in their rush to reach the Lake District beyond. The low limestone hills are clothed in woodland with delightful walking at all times of year, but in early spring the carpet of snowdrops met on this route is breathtaking. Stunning as this is, it is not the most memorable feature of the walk: the views of the panorama of the Lake District hills, especially from Haverbrack Bank late in the walk, are exceptional and we do urge you to reserve a clear day for this expedition.

The route starts through the manicured parkland of Dallam Tower. This fine house, not open to the public, was completed in 1720 on the site of an earlier building. The park was laid out about the same time and has a herd of fallow deer, so you are very likely to glimpse these attractive creatures. Leaving the park, the path leads to the village of Beetham. It stands on the River Bela, which used to be called the Betha and gave the community its name. The river has powered mills for nearly a thousand years and one of these, Heron Mill, has been restored and is just a few yards from the route. Waterhouse Mill next door was also originally a cornmill but converted to paper production in 1788 and is still in operation, perhaps the least attractive feature of the walk but soon passed. Beetham itself is very attractive, with a pub, tea shop and historic church; a good place for a refreshment break.

Leaving the village behind the path leads through woodland to Fairy Steps, a cleft in the limestone crag that you can climb down if you are so minded. The views from here are good, but not the best the walk has to offer. From this natural belvedere the route goes through the woods over Beetham Fell and Haverbrack. The very best views of this lovely walk are from Haverbrack Bank as we descend towards the Kent Estuary.

The final section of this immensely varied walk is a complete contrast to the rest as it lies along the shore of the Kent Estuary to its confluence with the Bela, then beside the river back to the start.

England - North England - Cumbria - Countryside

Features

Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Museum, Pub, River, Sea, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Wildlife, Woodland
17/05/2015 - Graham Brookes

From the start to waypoint 14, this walk is excellent for nearly all dogs except the very largest as there are only ordinary and kissing gates to negotiate. Unfortunately from waypoint 14 back to the start are some step stiles only suitable for small dogs or dogs that can be carried over. The alternate route available for larger dogs is by road but the B5282 cannot be recommended as it is busy and without a footpath.

17/05/2015 - Graham Brookes

A pleasant walk over sheep shorn fields and through woodland. Views at end over Kent estuary and walk along bank of estuary back to start point. Unfortunately, Lakeland hills shrouded in mist on my visit in May 2015. Pretty flowers in woodland mainly ransome, bluebells and wood anemones.

13/03/2014 - john douglas

Did this walk on Wed 12/3/14 in glorious sunshine,great views and lots of natural interest. Pity the corn mill was not working the water wheel is being refurbished.It will be working again for Easter.A really interesting walk

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