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Holidays in Arnside and Silverdale

Two historic villages nestled along the peaceful coastline of Morecambe Bay

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Located on the border between Lancashire and Cumbria, Arnside and Silverdale overlook the peaceful Morecambe Bay and are even surrounded by their very own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The AONB is famous for its variety of wildlife, with one of the best places to head to for wildlife spotting being the RSPB Leighton Moss reserve. It’s home to the largest reed bed in the north-west, with its special habitat attracting more than a hundred different bird species, such as bearded tits, marsh harriers and bitterns. In the spring time, you will also see several kinds of colourful butterflies flitting across trails that criss-cross the reserve.


Arnside and Silverdale are also perfect for walking holidays, whichever village you decide to base yourself in. There’s a walk for every day of the week, whether it’s a gentle stroll along Arnside’s waterfront or delving deeper into the AONB to explore places such as Warton Crag and Dobshall Wood. Throughout the area, you will see a myriad of changing landscapes, including limestone hills covered with woodland, salt marshes and sandy beaches, with curlews and waders flying overhead. Watching the sunset over Morecambe Bay is a simply unforgettable experience – the sundown views are some of the best in Britain.

Arnside is the larger of the two villages, and is a largely unspoilt former fishing port with its own pier and promenade. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the promenade or take on the challenge of walking across Morecambe Bay, with its fast-flowing waters, quick sands and changing tides, accompanied by a Queen’s Guide. Head to Arnside Knott for an excellent vantage point, more than 500 feet above sea level. The village also offers plenty of great places to enjoy some refreshments. Pay a visit to the Ramblers Café for a snack or a light lunch, Arnside’s Old Bakehouse for a selection of pies, The Albion Hotel for pub grub and the Arnside Chip Shop for some classic fish and chips.

Surrounded by woodland, Silverdale lies just over the border in Cumbria, and is a lovely little village with plenty of walks leading to panoramic views. Take the trek up to Eaves Wood’s highest point, where you can look out over the whole village and even as far as Lancaster and Blackpool Tower. The Pepperpot, a 20ft tall monument built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, can also be seen here. There’s a slightly smaller selection of places to eat here, but still plenty of choice for throughout your stay. Cinnamon Spice is a friendly and popular Indian restaurant, while the Silverdale Hotel Restaurant is perfect for unwinding in with a drink.

"Arnside and Silverdale are even surrounded by their very own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty..."

The tourist information centre for the AONB can be found at the Old Station Building in Arnside, offering information on where to visit, local walks, cycling routes and wildlife to spot. Be sure to pay the centre a visit at the beginning of your stay to learn even more about what you can find in the local area.

Take a look at our collection of Arnside and Silverdale cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Eaves Wood

Enjoy a walk through this scenic woodland and take in the amazing panoramic views over Silverdale from the highest point

Morecambe Bay walk

With the aid of an official guide, take a walk across the bay with its challenging changing tides and quick sands

RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve

This reserve is home to more than a hundred different bird species and colourful flittering butterflies

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