Our final outing of 2022 was to Silverdale, where we found a few new paths thanks to following Mark Sutcliffe's walk number 19, after which we visited first Rona, then Conrad, in Arnside.
After a coffee in the Leighton Moss bird reserve centre, Sue and I wandered over to the Causeway, where areas of reeds seem to have been cut back, perhaps in an attempt to expose the bearded tits to visitors. We saw a busy tree creeper, and later nuthatches foraging on tree trunks.
We normally go straight on here, but Mark guided us to the right, to a quiet lane along which we walked for a good kilometre. A right turn then took us steeply up to a leaf strewn, moss bordered path below Warton Crag. I don't think I'd been here before.
On a better day there would have been pictures of the view from the 163 metre summit of the crag, but today they would be just a mismash of greys. So the camera didn't come out again until we had descended pleasantly to Crag Foot and strolled a few metres along the main road to join the Lancashire Coastal Way as it headed under a waterlogged railway bridge and crossed the salt marsh.
The iconic chimney at Jenny Brown's Point is believed to have belonged to a short-lived copper smelting plant.
A most pleasant route of around 13km, with 300 metres ascent, taking around 3 hours, after which we visited both Rona and Conrad, both of whom are also happy to get rid of 2022..