Arnside Knott

View under pine trees across the bay to Heysham

If you enjoy a good walk with magnificent views and the chance to spot some wildlife, then Arnside Knott will be a perfect place for you to visit.

Covered with Limestone grassland and mixed woodland the ‘Knott’ is of national importance for wildlife such as butterflies and wood ants and in spring and summer is home to an array of rare and beautiful wildflowers.

From the top you can see across the rolls and peaks of the Lakeland Fells and the Yorkshire Dales, down into Lancashire and right out over the sands of Morecambe Bay. Sit and enjoy the view with a picnic or carry on along the many different paths which take you down to Red Hills Wood or Heathwaite.

Get to the Knott early morning in the Autumn and see the mists hanging below you with the tree tops poking out of the top and time it right in the evening to see the sun set across Morecambe Bay.

The whole of the Knott is open access so you have the chance to find a little piece of quiet just for yourself whether you're walking, running or sitting. Soak in the sounds and the sights and enjoy the atmosphere around you.

View across the bay from tree

Planning your visit

Arnside Knott is a great place for exercise and fresh air. The slopes are enough to get you out of puff and reward you with a beautiful view but not quite as big as fellow fells in the Lake District for those who don't want too much of a climb.

There is a bridleway which runs through the Knott for anyone wanting to ride a bike. This runs from the car park through down to Silverdale Road on the other side with views over towards Arnside Tower. Mountain Bikes are not allowed elsewhere on the Knott as they can be dangerous for other visitors enjoying a quiet walk or run especially when ridden at fast speeds. They can also damage fragile wildlife within the Sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSis) which have been given that designation because they are so rare nationally. 

There are lots of ways to access Arnside Knott on foot which can be found on Ordnance Survey Map OL7 ‘The English Lakes south-eastern area’.

To get to Arnside Knott car park from Silverdale Road (LA5 0AL) turn right (southeast bound) into Red Hills Road and continue for 0.6 miles. Keep left to continue onto Knott Lane for 0.2 miles. Continue onto Saul’s Drive for 0.3 miles up the track and through the cattle grid. The car park is situated at the very end of the track (LA5 0BP), grid reference SD 450774. This is unmarked and at capacity can hold approximately 15 to 20 cars. For café’s shops and a toilet head to Arnside Village about a 15 to 20-minute walk from the Knott.