Arnside Knott

The Knott is a diverse mix of species rich limestone grassland and mixed woodland. The Knott enjoys spectacular view out over Morecambe Bay and the AONB from a variety of different viewpoints around the hill - a fitting reward for the effort of walking up to the top.


The Scotch Argus butterfly

The limestone hill is one of the two high points in the AONB, at around 500 feet above sea level and is covered with species rich limestone grassland and mixed woodland. The site attracts a variety of insects and is especially renowned for butterflies. There are outstanding views from the summit to the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. 

Look out for the Scotch Argus, dusky black with red border spots, and the High Brown Fritillary, big, bold and fast flying. The Scotch Argus abounds on the top of the Knott during the end of July and the beginning of August. You'll find it bumbling about in the blue moor grass and if you see one, you're sure to see many.

There are a number of other National Trust properties in the AONB - click on the links above to explore more or check on the National Trust's website to explore them all.


The view north over the Kent estuary from Arnside Knott



Eaves Wood


Eaves Wood contains magnificent oaks, small-leaved limes and wild service trees. Much of the Wood is ancient woodland with open glades and extensive areas of hazel coppice. There are some excellent examples of exposed limestone pavement here, which provide an excellent habitat for rare plants and wildlife.

Eaves Wood also has plenty of paths and there are wonderful views of Silverdale from the jubilee memorial near the summit. 

Map reference: SD465763

Jack Scout


Coastal cliffs are a rarity around the shores of Morecambe Bay. In fact, this area is one of only two such cliffs on the Lancashire side of the Bay. There is a lookout landmark, known locally as the Giant's Seat.

As elsewhere, the limestone grassland is rich in wild flowers, but the wild shrubs also provide a good breeding ground for song-birds and feeding places for weary migrant-birds passing through. 

Map reference: SD458737

Heald Brow


A diverse mix of habitats, including scrub and coppice, ancient woodland, limestone grassland and pasture.

The summit has good views to Warton Crag and the Bowland Fells, and you will also find a wonderful field full of hummocks, the nests of meadow ant colonies.

Map reference: SD468742