439 Silverdale

"Beware Quicksands" says the notice at Jenny Brown's Point, for this shoreline is one of the most dangerous anywhere. The headland commemorates a nursemaid who rescued her charge, but was herself drowned by the incoming tide. The chimney on the shore however remains a puzzle. Was it a mine ventilation shaft? Or a copper smelting furnace? Yet there are no workings or slagheaps. Old maps suggest it was a navigation beacon for travellers across Morecambe Bay - with all that quicksand they certainly needed it.

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LOCATION: Four miles north of Carnforth
START: Eaves Wood NT car park on Park Rd, half mile beyond Silverdale Station
Grid ref: SD471759 Postcode: LA5 0UQ
DISTANCE: 7.0 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - English Lakes, South Eastern area
REFRESHMENTS: Silverdale Hotel, Wolf House Gallery
EN ROUTE: Jack Scout, Kent Estuary, Lindeth Tower

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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