Silverdale - Leighton Moss

 

A delightful and varied route through a beautiful part of Lancashire.

 

 

 

Start: Leighton Moss RSPB Visitors Centre, Storrs lane, Silverdale LA5 0SW

Distance: 7 ½ miles 11 ½ k

Time: 3 - 4 hours

Grade: Easy.

Map: OS OL7 The English Lakes South eastern area

 

Map by kind permission of Johnson Press 

Directions:  

1. From the front entrance of the visitors centre turn left on Storrs Lane and then right Red Bridge Lane.

 

Walk past the railway station

 

and then left onto a footpath that crosses Silverdale Golf Course. On the far side

 

turn right on a lane called The Row. After 200yds turn left on a footpath leading across fields.

 

After a kissing gate cross to a squeeze stile and then turn left to arrive at Bottoms Lane. Turn right and then left

 

onto a path following the waymark indicating straight ahead. This crosses towards St John's Church. Pass through a gate and then a squeeze stile to reach a sign post at a crossroads of paths.

 

Turn left in the direction of Silverdale Green. Keep on this path as it takes you past the rear of houses

 

and in a little under 500yds arrives on Stankelt Road.

 


2. Turn right.

 

Follow the road towards the village centre. On route look for the house with a two storey "spite wall"

 

between it and its neighbour on the right side of the road. Before planning regulations aggrieved householders would build these to get back at neighbours. After the road bends sharply to the left turn right into Shore Road.

 

In less than 100yds take afootpath on the right leading onto the National Trust property The Lots a open space

 

overlooking Morecambe Bay. Keep on the path as it passes through a gate and continues entering a patch of woodland on a wide track.

 

Soon this gives views of one of the most attractive parts of the Lancashire coastline - a cove called The Cove.

 

After an appreciating pause turn up Cove Road. At the junction bear right and then after 100yds bear left

 

on a footpath that threads its way between properties - many of which have graced the pages of Lancashire Life.

 

As you reach Elmslack on the edge of development turn right on a footpath leading into Eaves Woods - another National Trust property.

 

Keep on this path ignoring side paths left and right

 

until you emerge from the woods at Waterslack ¾ mile further on. Here cross the drive

 

and then soon after cross (with great care) the railway.

 

On the far side turn left on a lane and then right on a footpath that after climbing a short rise

 

takes you to Ford Lane. Cross directly and

 

follow a permissive path as it takes you left edging round Challan Hall. When it reaches a track

 

turn right. Follow this bridleway for 350yds.

3. At a junction turn right on a footpath which soon brings you close to the shores of Hawes Water. Shortly after a wooden causeway

 

the path divides. Take the left fork which leads into pasture through a wooden kissing gate.

 

Now on the edge of Gait Barrows Nature Reserve the path bears right to reach a wall and then continues to

 

a squeeze stile next to a metal gate. Through this turn right on a track leading along the edge of woodland.

 

Keep on this until it arrives at Storrs Lane close to its junction with Silverdale Road and Thrangs Brow.

 

Keep ahead towards Yealand Storrs and as the lane bends to the left keep straight on a footpath

 

in the direction of Leighton Hall.

4. After passing through a gate with a warning notice for literate dogs bear slightly right in a long field to follow a path alongside a wall.

 

The path follows field boundaries for almost a mile before swinging left on a farm track up towards the rear of Leighton Hall.

 

When you reach a drive turn right.

 

After passing through Grisedale Farm turn right at a buttressed barn

 

on a track leading to Leighton Moss. As you enter the reserve keep ahead on a bridleway leading to Storrs Lane.

 

Turn left for the visitors centre. 

 

POI Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve

 

This nationally important reserve is the largest reedbed in north west England and is home to some special birds including bitterns, water rails, bearded tits and marsh harriers.