Eaves Wood

Eaves Wood is an ancient woodland within the Arnside and Silverdale AONB and is a lovely place to walk. The trees includes oak, ash, lime and elm which drop their leaves and create a golden carpet at this time of year.

The highest point is King William's Hill and yesterday we took advantage of the good weather to walk up to 'The Pepperpot', a monument built on the summit to mark the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Having meandered through the shady woods for about an hour we climbed and emerged on the limstone pavements which characterise the local area to enjoy fantastic views across Morecambe Bay, Lancashire and Cumbria. In fact, the boundary between Lancashire and Cumbria (formerly Westmorland) runs through the middle of Eaves Wood and follows an ancient stone wall.
'The Pepperpot', and the view towards Morecambe Bay

As well as a variety of trees, the area is noted for plenty of funghi, insects and red squirrels as well as carpets of lily-of-the-valley in the spring.
The limestone pavements host unusual plants in the cracks between the boulders

The view over Silverdale village to Morecambe Bay

A Speckled Wood butterfly we spotted feeding on ferns