Arnside and Silverdale
This small, but distinctive Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) lies at the head of Morecambe Bay and spans the county boundaries of Cumbria and Lancashire.
The area around Arnside and Silverdale is often neglected by the visitor on their way to the Lake District, however, it is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. It has sites of scientific interest because of the rare butterflies and alpine plants that may be found around the limestone pavements.
This former fishing port has retained many of the features from its past. The beautiful pier and port areas of the town offer stunning views across Morecambe Bay as well as providing an enduring reminder of Arnside's illustrious history.
It is a haven for birds, and the surrounding countryside contains a wealth of flora and fauna. Here is the National Trust owned Arnside Knott, a 520 ft high flat rock, which with neighbouring Silverdale in Lancashire, has done much to secure the designation of 'Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty'. It has many lovely wooded walks around Arnside Knott, up to the "Pepper-Pot" at Silverdale or around the coast with its cliff top walks and sea views.
Pretty shops line Arnside promenade and after a walk, a drink sat outside the Albion or Fighting Cocks looking across the estuary towards Grange and the Lakes peaks on a summer night is ample reward. You can try to spot the salmon leaping. Watch for the tidal bore at Arnside as the tide comes in.
The town is accessible by rail (the Carnforth-Grange-Ulverston-Barrow line), bus and car, with reasonable parking. It's never very crowded here, but it is an excellent base close to the Lake District so you can explore the whole area. There are excellent views across the bay to Grange-over-Sands and the Lakeland fells.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015