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Hazelslack, Carr Bank, Arnside
Carr Bank Road, Hazelslack, Milnthorpe LA7 7LG
N on A6 at Milnthorpe. At T-lights tn L SP Arnside. In approx 2m tn L at Garden Centre in to Carr Bank Rd. Take 2nd L. Site on R in 400 yds past woods
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Warning very narrow roads leading to site, follow above directions
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No matter how many times we go to Hazelslack, its attractions never fail to please. 'The Lake District in miniature' is a label which sits easily on this special area. A short walk to the Fairy Steps or a more demanding walk across the sands with Cedric Robinson leaves a lasting impression. From the 15 century to the middle of the 19th century, Arnside was a small port and fishing village and the county's only link with the sea. With the coming of the Furness Railway and the building of the impressive quarter mile long viaduct across the Kent estuary in 1857, the river was no longer accessible for large vessels beyond the viaduct, coastal trade declined and Arnside's importance as a port ceased. The railway, however, made Arnside more accessible to discerning Victorians, who saw it as an excellent holiday destination and the village flourished into a fashionable resort. Regattas were held and pleasure boats would arrive from Fleetwood and Morecambe. Today's Arnside is still a popular resort, but without the garish entertainment often found in other seaside towns. It retains many artifacts of particular interest to its residents, like the drinking fountain built as a memorial to Richard Mobberly Clayton who, aged 4, died of appendicitis and Arnside's landmark clock, a memorial to the Bamforth family, founders of a former girls school. 'Hands off' would seem to be the message to any would-be modernisers. A look at the shops, houses, promenade and seafront tells the visiting public 'this is how we like it'.
Children on the Fairey Steps, it is said if you can climb up the steps
with out touching the sides you will see the fairies around their house.
Away from the village, a walk to Arnside Tower (long or short to suit the walker) to see this, the largest of the Pele towers in the area - and that's peel as in orange not pele as in footballer - gets you up close with a building from the 15 century, constructed as a defence against the marauding Scots. Virtually destroyed by fire in 1602, what remains is impressive.
A walk up or around Arnside Knott, or both if you are feeling energetic affords the visitor some magnificent views, as does a scramble up to the 'Pepper Pot' or Warton Crag.
Take the train to Grange-over-Sands or even Barrow in Furness for a day out. The ride along the coast is very pleasant and the historical aspects of Barrow are well worth experiencing. In the opposite direction lies the once railway town of Carnforth where, apart from some decent shops a visit to the railway station is a must for those who enjoy a touch of nostalgia. Three railway companies all built their own adjoining stations at this junction, serving not only the London to Glasgow main line but routes to Yorkshire and the Cumbrian coast. We all know about the film Brief encounter and the dedicated film and station restoration to those war time days shouldn't be missed.