The Lake District
Arnside & Silverdale
Local Area Highlights
There is so much to do in the immediate area, The Trough of Bowland, Ingleton with it’s waterfalls and caves, the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, the picturesque Lune Valley, Arnside/Silverdale AONB etc.
Situated on the edge of the famed Morecambe Bay, Morecambe is once again becoming one of the nation’s best loved seaside resorts. Its revival has been cemented by the multi-million pound renovation of the luxurious Midland Hotel, an art deco masterpiece originally built in 1933 and re-opened in June 2008. Within the hotel are several important pieces by controversial artist and sculptor Eric Gill. Almost opposite the hotel is another Morecambe landmark, the Grade-II listed Victoria Pavilion, better known as Morecambe Winter Gardens. Originally built in 1897, it has also seen a recent revival and now has a growing list of events from lively pantomime to spooky overnight paranormal investigations! Continue your exploration with a walk along the Promenade, where you’ll soon come upon a bronze statue of a man doing a funny walk. That’ll be the town’s most famous son, Eric Bartholomew, better known as Eric Morecambe, who took his stage name from the town in which he grew up. The Queen unveiled the statue in 1999, one of the few civilian statues to have had that privilege. Of course, a visit to Morecambe wouldn’t be complete without spending some time enjoying the legendary Morecambe Bay. Take a guided Cross Bay Walk with the Queen’s guide, Cedric Robinson MBE, spot over 100 species of bird or simply enjoy the magnificent sunset. click here for more
Arnside & Silverdale (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – AONB)
Here you will find stunning limestone pavements, ancient woodlands, intimate meadows, rich wetlands, impressive coastline and magnificent views. Unimproved pasture and the exposed limestone outcrops are rich in rare butterflies and wildflowers such as the High Brown Fritillary and Lady’s-slipper orchid. The AONB, in fact, has examples of more than half the flowering plant species in Britain! Morecambe Bay, with its constantly changing channels, sand and mud flats and salt marsh, is internationally important as a vital feeding ground for wading birds and wildfowl in winter and the reedbeds at RSPB Leighton Moss are home to bearded tit, marsh harrier and the rare bittern.
Farming has retained many traditional practices such as drystone walling and hedges laid in the traditional Westmorland style and, along with tourism, is the main economic activity.
With stations at Arnside, Silverdale and Carnforth, the AONB is well served by public transport. Visitors are drawn to the area by the panoramic views and spectacular sunsets but most of all they value its tranquillity. With almost 100km of well-maintained footpaths and narrow lanes and byways, walking and cycling are very popular activities and by far the best way to experience the Area’s sights and sounds to the full. for more click here
The Lake District
For sheer scenic splendour, few places in England can measure up to the outlandishly beautiful Lake District, where Wordsworth, Coleridge and their Romantic compatriots famously sought their poetic muse in the 19th century. The landscape of the Lakes is as breathtaking as any you’ll find in Switzerland or the French Alps – a sweeping panorama of humpbacked mountains, razorblade crags and scree-covered hillsides, strewn with mountainous tarns and some of the largest natural lakes anywhere in England.
With such a wealth of natural riches, it’s hardly surprising that the Lake District is one of the country’s favourite places for savouring the great outdoors, but there’s much more to this region than fine views – it’s also packed with history and culture, from the abandoned slate mines around Honister and the ruined abbey of Furness to the literary landmarks of Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both former homes of one William Wordsworth.
Right pic: Grasmere