The Area & Things To Do Around Silverdale
You’ll find a wide variety of scenery in the Silverdale area, from ancient ruins to sandy beaches. The historic city of Lancaster and seaside town of Morecambe are a short drive away, and you can be in the heart of The Lake District in under an hour, with its stunning landscape of mountains, fells and lakes.
Gold Winner of the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.
Silverdale village is just a 20-minute walk away and is in Britain’s smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wander through the village and stock up at the local shops all offering fresh produce that is locally grown.
Walk down to the sea at Jenny Brown’s Point for a panoramic view across the bay. Nearby Leighton Moss, run by the RSPB, is home to special birds such as breeding bitterns and bearded tits, as well as deer, and butterflies.
An easy walk through the trees at Woodwell can end at The Wolfhouse Gallery which features contemporary and traditional arts, crafts, gifts, jewellery, and tearooms with homemade cakes that are definitely worth a visit.
Silverdale has two friendly pubs. The Woodlands is a 15 minute walk from the park and serves an ever-changing selection of local real ales. Dogs and children are welcome to join their parents! Children are also welcome at the Silverdale Hotel in the village. On the high street there is also an extremely good Indian restaurant and takeaway.
Arnside village is just a 30-minute walk away and is in Britian's smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Arnside Knott (522ft) dominates a rocky peninsula where the village of Arnside stands. In days gone by, small coasters, steamers and yachts called at landings in Arnside, but when the estuary began to silt up, Arnside lost its marine ties.
Today, Arnside's many visitors enjoy strolling through the bustling seaside village. Catch the remarkable sight of the tide as it sweeps up the bay, know as 'the boar' and enjoy a supper of fish and chips on the beach, watching the salmon leap as the sun sets.
There are plenty of places to eat in Arnside, ranging from tearooms to restaurants and pubs. Sit outside with a pint and enjoy the view.
The 'Gateway to the Lakes' is a mere 15 miles away, and provides good shopping facilities, including a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Kendal has a theatre and cinema, a 13th Century parish church, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, a museum offering a glimpse of Lakeland life throughout the ages – and mint cake – lots of it.
The Lake District
The beautiful landscapes of the Lakes makes the area an enduring favourite among walkers, while the forests, fells and waterways provide the setting for many sporting activities. Visit historic villages and famous locations such as the former homes of Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin and the poet Wordsworth.
The History of Middlebarrow
From the late 1700s up until 1950, Middlebarrow Plain was open rough grazing, forming part of Arnside Tower Farm. The Holgate family first rented the land from Dallam Tower Estate in 1956 and eventually bought it. The existing light scrub gradually formed woodland. After 1980 when sheep grazing was completely excluded from the park, the woodland became thicker. Holgates also have a caravan park at Far Arnside, which is part of Arnside Knott.
For exploring nature Silverdale has it all. Watch Roe Deer and Brimstone Butterfly. Explore historic limestone grassland and native woodland.
Limestone Pavement and Grassland - a mosaic of colour
This varied landscape is a mosaic of low limestone cliffs, salt marshes, ancient semi-natural woodland, limestone grassland, and wood pasture. The abundance of spring flowers includes primroses, cowslips, early purple orchid and rare species typical of this limestone area. In the summer dropwort can be seen with its delicate flowers and pink buds and the yellow flowers of the common rock rose are abundant. Aromatic wild thyme is to be found scattered through the species rich turf.