The Area & Things To Do Around Far Arnside
As a hamlet in Cumbria, Far Arnside is ideally located to reach both Arnside and Silverdale quickly. With plenty of natural beauty that includes both fauna and flora, you can see a wide range of colours as the seasons change. With plenty of hiking trails and chances to partake in watersports, you can truly become one with nature and see everything it has to offer.
With Lancaster and Morecambe close by and only a short half hour drive away, the rich history of the area can easily be explored. Williamson Park and the Ashton Memorial offer the ideal location for a family day out, and the promenade offers a lovely walk by the seafront.
The Pepperpot in Eaves Wood is a monument erected for the celebration of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. It also celebrates the spectacular views that extend to both the Bowland Fells and the Yorkshire Dales. Eaves Wood is an ancient woodland area containing ferns and lily-of-the-valley under beautiful small-leaved lime trees. The forest floor is covered in leaves, with grey giant beech plantations, hidden grassy glades and wood ants, and junipers on open limestone pavement.
Providing a gorgeous location to see the Lakeview hills and the surrounding countryside scenery, Jack Scout is great for a spot of lunch and a picnic. With oystercatcher, curlews on the sands, blackbirds on land, and warblers around, nature truly surrounds this spot with beautiful birdsong. Both children and adults will enjoy the pebble beaches to soak in the sun or bask in the peacefulness of Giant’s Seat.
A stroll around the coast in Arnside will take you to Arnside Knott. You can enjoy both a beach view and the low hill, with Arnside Knott providing views over areas such as Ingleborough. Other walking routes are also available and you can easily walk up your own path in the lovely area.
Arnside Tower dates back to the 15th century, when it was built to offer protection against Scottish invasion. As a Pele Tower, it’s smaller and less fortified than a castle, as its function was to counter armies that were lightly armed and not to withstand a siege by a highly equipped army.
RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve
Established in 1889, the RSPB is dedicated to saving nature and to ensure its continued conservation and prosperity. As the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, they also invest in preserving birds in Leighton Moss. With stunning birds such as bearded tits, breeding bitterns, and marsh harriers to spot alongside butterflies and even some deer, this hub of natural beauty is a must-see location.
Every season is different at Leighton Moss, with spring bringing birdsong and young birds aplenty. Butterflies can be seen along the reserve trails, avocets returning to nest, black-tailed godwits stopping on their way to Iceland, bitterns, and marsh harriers. During summer, you can see marsh harriers pass food to each other during flight, young bitterns venture out into the pools’ edges looking for food alongside a wide variety of waterbirds, red deer graze, avocets and their young, amongst others.
Autumn brings bearded tits, starlings, ruffs, greenshanks, and returning black-tailed godwits to the reserve. In winter, you can see the resident ducks being joined by gadwalls and shovelers in the pools, water rails, bitterns, greylag geese, and merlins alongside other beautiful critters.
Arnside & Silverdale AONB
The Arnside & Silverdale AONB works towards the conservation of the surrounding areas, which include ancient woodlands, limestone pavements, coastline, and orchards and meadows. Designated in 1972 and covering an area of approximately 29 square miles. A third of the woodlands are ancient woodlands, with evidence of charcoal burners’ puts and iron workings. You can see small quarries now abandoned, in which farmers and local communities worked in.
In the AONB, there are 36 limekiln sites, of which the majority is substantial limestone-build structures and part of the industrial heritage. Arnside Tower, Hazelslack Tower, Leighton Hall, and Beetham Hall are only a few farmsteads whose building style dates back to medieval times. Some settlements and stone buildings made in the past 800 years make up both the quality and the character of the landscape.
The local wildlife is diverse, including a few uncommon and unique species. There are 34 species of butterflies in the area, such as the Duke of Burgundy, the High Brown Fritillary, the White-letter Hairstreak, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, and the Northern Brown Argus. More than half of the UK’s flowering plant species can also be seen, such as the Lady’s-slipper Orchid, the Purple Ramping Fumitory, the Lancaster Whitebeam which can only be found in Morecambe Bay and nowhere else in the world, and the rare Blue Moor-grass.
Staying at Far Arnside allows you to quickly reach our other parks and to enjoy some of the most beautiful animals and plants in the Lake District. If you want to know more about staying with us, simply get in touch on 01524 701508 and we’ll be happy to help.