The Lake District is an incredible holiday destination that attracts over fifteen million visitors a year. Now a World Heritage Site, the Lakes is England’s largest National Park and home to some truly stunning wildlife, extraordinary mountains, beautiful lakes and quaint towns and villages all contained within an area that covers 2,362 square kilometres.
There is so much to see and do in the Lakes that it can be difficult to know where to journey to take that much needed getaway. At Holgates, we have a number of holiday parks close to the Lakes, dotted across the North West, including one right in the heart of one of Lancashire’s most popular destinations: Silverdale. Here’s a look at why Silverdale is home to our flagship park.
Situated on the Lancashire/Cumbria border, with amazing views across Morecambe Bay, Silverdale makes the perfect base for those wanting to be close to the Lake District, but without the hassle and cost of staying there. The Lake District is a popular holiday destination, but staying there can be expensive, not to mention crowded. Silverdale is just a stone’s throw away from the Lakes, making it the prime location to explore this beautiful part of the country.
The village is one of the smallest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a rich mixture of contrasting countryside, from salt marsh and mixed broadleaf woodlands to limestone cliffs and lush grasslands. Famous for its amazing wildlife and stunning scenery, Silverdale is ideal for quiet walks, where you can enjoy nature at its best.
RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve
Close to Silverdale village – in fact, just 250 metres from Silverdale station – is the nature reserve, Leighton Moss. Leighton Moss’ diverse habitats include reeds, woodland and limestone grassland. It boasts the largest reed bed in the North West and is home to a spectacular range of wildlife.
Extensive reed-fringed wetlands provide a home for nationally and regionally important breeding populations of bearded tits, marsh harriers, reed warblers and bitterns. Mixed woodlands are home to nesting marsh tits, nuthatches, bullfinches and tawny owls, whilst natural ponds support dragonflies and damselflies, newts, toads, frogs and fish such as pike, eel and perch. Coastal saltmarsh lagoon attracts large numbers of wading birds including avocet, oystercatcher, curlew, redshank and dunlin. With all this wildlife right on the doorstep, Holgates makes the perfect holiday destination for nature lovers.
Home to spectacular views, Arnside Knott is a haven for birds and wildlife. This hill has a summit of 159 metres and from the top you get a breath-taking view of many of the Lakeland Fells. Woodland encloses many of the slopes on what once was open grazing land; trees have since colonised the area, and the National Trust now takes care of the management work, creating the sunny glades and maintaining the patchwork of habitats. The hill is the perfect spot for a stroll, and also sits right next to Silverdale, just a ten-minute drive away.
Carnforth is just a fifteen-minute drive from Silverdale; this delightful railway town is home to the railway station where the most iconic scenes from Sir Davis Lean’s 1945 classic, Brief Encounter, were filmed. Here you can take your picture under the famous clock which featured so prominently in the film and enjoy a taste of days gone by in the faithfully replicated Refreshment Room.
Carnforth has independent shops including Carnforth Bookshop, which stocks more than 100,000 second-hand books. You can explore the great outdoors with a visit to Warton Crag, which overlooks Carnforth and is ideal for hiking, climbing and abseiling. But a visit to Carnforth wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Leighton Hall, the ancestral home of the famous furniture-making Gillow dynasty. As well as touring the beautiful house and grounds, you can watch birds of prey displays, or attend car rallies, concerts and theatre productions, which are hosted there in the summer.
Holgates Silverdale Holiday
When you enjoy a stay with Holgates, you can expect nothing but the best from your well-deserved holiday. Whether you’re out and about enjoying the wonderous things to see and do around Silverdale, or if you choose to stay and enjoy some time in our luxury holiday park, you can rest assured that you will be enjoying your holiday to the fullest.
Our Silverdale caravan park has plenty to do – stroll along the coast and find a spot for a picnic, enjoy a swim in the pool or relax in the sauna, head to our fully fitted gym or go down to the bowling alley for a game with the whole family. There’s no need to worry about the kids, either. Children are safe to roam with such amenities on-site as our games room, soft play area and two outdoor adventure playgrounds.
It’s no wonder that Silverdale is our flagship park. The centre of Silverdale is just a short walk away from the park, and with places like Arnside just under two miles away, you’ll be spoilt for choice with things to do. Take a day trip into the Lake District and see everything it has to offer before easily travelling back to Silverdale to enjoy a relaxing stay. You can even head further afield to explore the likes of the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland, your relaxing Holgates Silverdale accommodation will be waiting for your return.
If you’re looking for a getaway to the Lakes without the hordes of tourists, then come to our Caravan Park in Silverdale; from holiday homes for hire, touring pitches, camping pods and tent pitches, there is something for everyone here in Silverdale.