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Arnside & Silverdale AONB

Arnside & Silverdale, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Arnside & Silverdale, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Lancaster District

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The historic villages of Arnside and Silverdale (AONB) sit on the coastline of Morecambe Bay in a spot that’s been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty thanks to its rich diversity of habitats and wildlife. Its deciduous woodlands, limestone grasslands and coastal salt marshes are enclosed by low limestone hills creating a perfect environment for rare butterflies and marshland birds.

You can discover the rich birdlife on a visit to RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve in Silverdale, where the largest reed bed in the North-West attracts more than 100 species of bird, including breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers.

Spring is the best time of year to spot colourful butterflies flitting along the reserve trails. There’s a shop and cosy tea room serving delicious slabs of cake and home-cooked meals where you can warm up afterwards. Perhaps you'd like to stay for a longer visit?

With plenty of self catering accommodation Silverdale has something to suit all tastes and budgets. The quaint village of Arnside is a tempting spot with a pretty Victorian parade of shops along the promenade and a choice of pubs from which to enjoy the spectacular sunset overlooking the Bay.

There are plenty of easy walks in the surrounding woodland. Why not head up to Arnside Knott to enjoy the sweeping sea views?

Why not discover North Lancashire’s hidden gem at Bay View Garden Centre with unique views across to the fells from the narrow shore front at Bolton-le-Sands. Stop for a bite to eat at the Potting Shed Café with a seasonal menu seasonal changing with it fresh, local and made to order. Breakfast, lunches, bakes, cakes and afternoon teas are all served.

Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an extraordinary place, famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery and superb walks. Downlaod your free guide here.

    • Where to Stay in Silverdale

      Where to Stay in Silverdale

      There's lots of great places to stay in and around Arnside & Silverdale AONB, take a look.

    • Where to Stay in Arnside

      Where to Stay in Arnside

      Just a hop away from Silverdale; Arnside also has some fantastic places to stay.

    • Things To Do

      Things To Do

      Take a look at all of the things there is to do around Arnside & Silverdale AONB.

    • Food & Drink

      Food & Drink

      Find great places to eat and drink in and around Arnside and Silverdale AONB.

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