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Lancashire Walks: Warton

A superb circular walk over Warton Crag in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB.


Map:                   Ordnance Survey OL7

Total Climb:        328 metres                        1076 feet

Average Time:     2 hours 45 minutes           (without breaks)

Distance:            7 kilometres                      4.4 miles


A delightful ramble from Warton, the Lancashire village with amazing American connections.

Ancestors of the first American president, George Washington, moved to Warton in the 14th century and during the following century, Robert Washington built the tower of St. Oswald’s Church. The tower bore a plaque of the Washington coat-of-arms, the Mullets and Bars which was later adopted by the USA as the Stars and Stripes. Today this historic plaque is on view inside the tower. Just across the road, you can visit the 14th century Old Rectory before making the accent of Warton Crag from which you will enjoy great views across Morecambe Bay. During spring and summer, the limestone terraces are ablaze with wildflowers – great for butterflies. You may even see a flying peregrine falcon, the fastest animal on earth! The return journey by Crag Foot affords views across the reedbeds of Leighton Moss Nature Reserve and ends with a stroll through the lovely woodland of Warton Crag Nature Reserve.

Click here to download the full version of this Photo North Discovery Walk, a colourful photographic guide containing a map, clear directions, lots of background information and tick boxes for the children.

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