Arnside and Silverdale Tourist Information

The two villages of Arnside and Silverdale stand a couple of miles apart on a coastline overlooking the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay. This is an area designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty where an abundance of flora and fauna thrives undisturbed and protected in landscapes of woodlands, meadows, limestone ridges and coastline. It's  a destination for coastal and countryside walks, cycle rides, wildlife habitat, nature trails, picnic areas and sunset watching.

Arnside

Silverdale

Arnside Vintage Carnival on the Promenade Silverdale Village


Arnside whose promenade is a popular observation point for panoramic views over Morecambe Bay, sits on the fringe and within easy reach of the lakes and fells of the Lake District and Cumbria. Arnside is a peaceful village community with a fair number of free car parking spaces, no traffic lights and a small selection of shopping amenities enough to meet the day to day needs of both visitors and residents. For a bigger choice of foodstuff there's a supermarket in nearby Milnthorpe and a whole range of products and facilities ten miles away in the  market town of Kendal. Arnside is not a safe bathing and swimming area due to the dangers of swift incoming tides and quicksands. The appeal of Arnside is a coastline teeming with a large mix of wildlife, shoreline walks, and uninterrupted views across the estuary which at sunset can be spectacular.

Silverdale is separated from Arnside by a five minute train journey and three miles of narrow winding country road. Alternatively there are the options of an hours shoreline walk or the longer route via Arnside Knott both of which provide great views across Morecambe Bay. Like its neighbour, Silverdale is not a beach resort. It's a location from where to begin exploring on foot or bicycle the places of historical and wildlife interest in an area renowned for the beauty of unspoiled countryside. Silverdale has a general store, a family butcher, a post office, a library, a restaurant, café, cycle hire, a Cof E Church and Methodist Chapel.
Arnside Silverdale Signpost Cyclists in Silverdale

Arnside and Silverdale Shops and Amenities

Silverdale Post Office
Postal services, stationery, newspapers, magazines, small gifts and dry cleaning drop-off point.
Opening Times
Monday, and Wednesday to Friday: 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday: 9am – 1pm
Saturday: 9am – 12.30pm. Sunday closed
Rowlands Pharmacy
38, The Promenade. Arnside
Opening Times:
Monday to Friday - 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday - 9am – 1pm
Sunday - Closed.
Silverdale Pharmacy
18 Emesgate, Silverdale
Opening Times:
Monday, and Wednesday to Friday - 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday  and Saturday - 9am – 1pm
Sunday - Closed.
www.silverdalepharmacy.com
Arnside Post Office
Arnside post office is located in the Londis Convenience Store next to the Heron Cafe. A full range of postal services are available seven days a week from 7am until 8pm.
Co-Op Store
Foodstuff, confectionery, wines, beers and spirits.
Open seven days a week from 8am until10pm.
12, Emesgate Lane. Silverdale.
Phone: 01524 701339.
Avery's  Convenience Store & Off Licence
Open from 8am until 8pm seven days a week. Groceries, fruit, vegetables, confectionery, beers, wine, spirits, cash machine and National Lottery Point.
51, Silverdale Road, Arnside.
Phone: 01524 762052.
Butchers
Burrow F & W & Son
Locally sourced meat and speciality Cumberland Sausages.
Open Monday to Friday from 7.30am till 4.45pm.
Saturdays from 7.30am till 12.45pm.
22, Emesgate. Silverdale. Phone 01524 701209.
Computer Repairs
Repairs, services, computer components plus guidance and advice in plain English.
Bank House, The Promenade, Arnside, Cumbria LA5 0HA
www.parksidecomputers.com

Silverdale Village Pantry
A small convenience store in the village centre. It sells a range of goods including newspapers, magazines, OS maps, sweets, chocolates, stationery, greeting cards, non alcoholic drinks, hot pies, and basic foodstuff such as milk, bread, eggs, bacon. Buy  your lottery tickets here.

Garage Services
Beach Garage. Repairs, M.O.T's and servicing.
Shore Road, Silverdale. 01524 701600.

Ladies and Gents Hairdressers
Gill's Salon (Silverdale)
01524 702313

Phil Fallows Hair & Beauty
Ladies and Gents
Opening times 9am till 6pm Tuesday to Saturday.
7 The Promenade, Arnside. Telephone 01524 762344.

 

Car parking
Free car parking spaces on the promenade offering excellent estuary views (always popular) and a free car park opposite the Fish & Chip Cafe on Station Road alongside the estuary.

There are two more a mile outside Arnside on the B5282 in the direction of Sandside and Milnthorpe. Both provide immediate access to a path alongside the estuary from where it's a scenic level walk to Arnside railway station and the village.

Car parking in Silverdale village is very limited especially during the high season. However, half a mile from the village centre there's shoreline parking at the bottom of Shore Road plus a few spaces on the approach leading to the shore. The cost for parking on the shoreline is a more than reasonable £1 (paid in to the Honesty Box on site)  About a dozen more spaces are in the Eaves Wood National Trust car park a mile from the village. Both of these parking areas are ideal starting points for either countryside or shoreline walks. Please be aware that roads leading to Silverdale are narrow and winding and so there is little comfortable space for parking on the verges.

Silverdale Public Telephone Box
In the village centre near the bus stop.

Petrol Station
Combined with a convenience store two miles from Arnside. Open 7 days a week from 7.30am until 10pm.
Fruit, vegetables, wine, beers, cigarettes, newspapers, lotto point, mobile top up cards and national phone cards.

Public Toilets
Arnside - Situated on the lower promenade close to the car park and cost 20p.
Silverdale - Situated on Bank House Lane near the Memorial Hall.

Smugglers Cove, Silverdale Windswept trees at Silverdale

Arnside and Silverdale Road, Rail and Taxi Services

Arnside

Rail
Arnside Railway Station is on the Furness Railway & Cumbrian Coast Railway. A ten minute walk from Arnside promenade, it has regular connections to Carlisle; Barrow-in-Furness; Grange-over-Sands; Lancaster; Preston; Manchester; Manchester Airport; Edinburgh; Glasgow and London Euston. There are no public toilets on the station nor is there a ticket office or ticket dispensing machine. Tickets are bought on board the train from the conductor. A Visitor Information Office on the south bound platform provides a wide selection of leaflets including walking and cycling guides and guides to local Nature Reserves. The office opening hours are shown as 9am until 1pm and 2pm till 4pm Monday to Thursday and 9am till 1pm on Fridays. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Please note that due to the office being manned by volunteers, the hours may vary.

Bus Service
Bus Services 551/552 operated by Stagecoach between Arnside and Kendal via Milnthorpe. There is a stop 20 metres from the railway station. No services on Sundays or public holidays.
 
Taxi
Arnside Private Hire
Local and long distance pre-booked taxi service including transport to and from Manchester Airport; Leeds/Bradford; Liverpool and Blackpool airports.
Email janerichardson@hotmail.co.uk  Phone: 01524 761938

Bela Cars
A pre-booked 24 hour taxi service service.
Phone: 015395 64610.

Silverdale

Rail
A train can bring you from any part of the country to Silverdale. There are no public toilets or ticket office on the station nor is there a footbridge or underpass. Passengers cross the line on foot at one end of the platform. A shuttle bus service operates between the station and Silverdale village one mile away. This is a “Hail & Ride” service where the bus will stop anywhere along the route for passengers providing it is safe to do so. There is also a footpath to Silverdale a few yards from the station entrance.

Bus Service
The L2 shuttle bus service, which meets most trains, runs between the railway station and the village with stops at Cove Road; Royal Hotel; Lindeth Road/Woodwell lane; The Row/Park Road and Holgate Caravan Park. It also offers a “Hail & Ride” service and will stop anywhere if it is safe to do so.

Bus Services from Village Centre
Service 51. Operates between Silverdale – Yealand – Warton – Carnforth.
Service 55. Operates between Silverdale – Lancaster – Carnforth. Monday to Friday on school days only.

Cycle Hire
Silverdale Cycle Hire
A local family business offering cycle hire for the day, weekend, week, or longer. The hire package includes FREE delivery and collection in the whole of the Silverdale and Arnside area together with cycle helmets, locks, local route maps and hi-viz vests. For details of hire rates, cycling holidays, route leaflets and basic service/maintenance prices see website.
www.silverdalecyclehire.co.uk

Arnside Knott view Towards Silverdale

Arnside and Silverdale Attractions

Flora and Fauna
Arnside is within a protected area covering Morecambe Bay, the Lune Estuary and the Kent Estuary. This is an area of great importance for the wintering and passage of wildfowl and waders and as a breeding ground for wildfowl, gulls and terns.
Jenny Browns Point
The Point, not far from Silverdale is one of the best places for superb views across Morecambe Bay. It is said to have been named after a woman who when working as a nanny in the 18th C drowned rescuing the children in her care from a fast rising tide. Large flocks of wading birds to be seen during the winter months.
Arnside Bore
The Arnside Bore occurs around once per month. It's a tidal phenomenon caused by a high tide entering the narrow channel of the Kent Estuary which can create a fast moving wave varying in height of only a few centimetres up to one metre at the time of a Spring Tide. A tide of 9.5 metres or more is needed before a full bore can develop and even then there are times when it fails to develop at all. A siren is sounded twice a day about 15 minutes before each daylight tide. Arnside Pier is a good viewing point and a table of tide times is displayed on the railings at the entrance.

RSPB Leighton Moss
This is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK. There are trails and hides, most of which are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs, providing the chance to see a wide variety of birdlife and butterflies. Visit the website to find the best times of year to see some of the most interesting species of birds such as Breeding Bitterns, Bearded Tits, Marsh Harriers, Avocet and Water Rail.
Leighton Moss is only a short distance from Silverdale railway station and visitors who arrive by public transport and able to show a valid rail or bus ticket will be entitled to FREE entry plus a 10% discount in the café.
www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss

Arnside Vintage Carnival
Arnside Knott
The limestone ridge of Arnside Knott, overlooking the village, is a little over 500 feet. This is not high when compared to the fells of the Lake District and Cumbria but the views from the summit over Morecambe Bay and beyond are some of the best in the region especially at sunset. From early Spring until late Autumn the lower slopes are carpeted in wild flowers and bracken providing a home for a wide variety of insect life including several rare species of butterflies.
Arnside Tower
Standing close to Arnside Knott, Arnside Tower is an example of a Cumbrian Pele Tower said to have been built between the late 14th C  and early 15th C as a defence against Scottish raiding parties. From here, signals to warn of raids could be sent to the neighbouring towers of Hazelslack, Borwick, Beetham, Levens, Sizergh and across the estuary to Allithwaite. Large sections are still standing but visitors are warned not to enter the ruins due to danger from falling masonry.
Trowbarrow Quarry Nature Reserve
Trowbarrow is a disused limestone quarry with rock faces around 30 metres high in places. It's a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Nature Reserve featuring fossil beds, rock formations, rare plants and wildlife. Access can be arranged for disabled visitors by contacting the AONB on 01524 761034. A footpath links Trowbarrow to Gait Barrow, Hawes Water and Eaves Wood.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
One of the Lake District and Cumbria’s all weather attractions three miles from Arnside. It's a small zoo administered by the Lakeland Trust for Natural Sciences exhibiting some of the world's most threatened species. Take a walk through tropical halls where birds and butterflies fly free. Meet the meerkats, lemurs and monkeys. Open 7 days a week from 10am until 5pm. (last entry at 4pm)
www.wildlifeoasis.co.uk
Levens Hall
A fine Elizabethan House and beautiful gardens full of historical interest. It's open to the public from early April until mid-October. Children under the age of sixteen can visit free providing they are supervised by an adult. Visit the website for information about the children's playground, the Willow Maze, the Royal Trail and traction engine displays.
Situated on the A6 five miles from Arnside. www.levenshall.co.uk
Hazelslack Tower
Built during the late 14th C, Hazelslack Tower stands on private land close to the village of Storth on the B5282. It can be seen from both the road and the footpath running alongside and is a landmark on the Limestone Link Walk between Arnside and Kirkby Lonsdale.
Gait Barrow National Nature Reserve
Gait Barrow is linked by footpaths from both Silverdale and Arnside and stands on the Lancashire Cycleway Route 90. It's the only national nature reserve in the area. Several hundred species of moth have been recorded here and it is also of particular importance as a bird and butterfly habitat. Spring and summer are the best times for flowering plants and butterflies but woodland birds can be seen all year round. Although the nature paths and public footpaths are open at all times, there are areas of Gait Barrow which, due to the sensitivity of the site require a permit to visit. There are no toilets or refreshments on the site.
www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk

Eaves Wood
A beech plantation of ancient woodland and rock formations with paths linking Silverdale and  Arnside.

Jack Scout
Jack Scout, with it's giant limestone seat, is another viewing point for wonderful estuary views especially at sunset and for sight of the Arnside Bore. It's a breeding ground for song-birds and a feeding place for migrant birds.
The Fairy Steps
Naturally formed limestone steps on a walking route between Silverdale and the village of Beetham. The steps rise through a narrow gap between two rock faces. Visitors can test the legend which says that if a person is able climb or descend the steps without touching the sides, they can ask the fairies to grant a wish.
Silverdale Golf Club
The club is a visitor friendly 18 hole course close to Silverdale railway station. Established more than one hundred years ago it is one of the most scenic in the region. Open daily from 9am until 5pm.
www.silverdalegolfclub.co.uk
Sea Fishing
There are several easily accessible points along Arnside Pier and a few hundred yards beyond at New Barns Bay. For even more convenience, travel the two miles to Sandside where it is possible to fish from the roadside and even from the comfort of your car at high tide.
Birds, Butterflies and Wild Flowers
For information and images of the different species which can be seen in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
www.lancashirewildlife.org.uk/leaflets/discoverarnside.pdf

Arnside Sailing Club
Arnside is one of the best places to sail in the Lake District and Cumbria. The tide comes in and goes out very quickly in the Kent Estuary but depending on conditions, you should be able to sail for around two hours. Excellent views of the Lake District fells and never far away from land. For full details of facilities, events and advice go to the club website.
www.arnsidesailingclub.co.uk

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The Fairy Steps Arnside Viaduct

Walking and Cycling around Arnside and Silverdale

There are plenty of paths and tracks offering a bit of everything for all ages and abilities around Silverdale and Arnside. There's a mix of shoreline, woodland, open countryside, some modest ascents and most are dog friendly. Examples of the short distance walks are the Silverdale Round; Silverdale to Arnside via Arnside Knott or the shoreline route via Blackstone Point and Silverdale to Hawes Water and Jenny Brown's Point. For details of more go to www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk

A popular walk is the Arnside Butterfly Walk. For information about this and a selection of Easy Access Walks including those suitable for wheelchair users, those with walking difficulties and people with young children and pushchair users, go to: www.arnside-aonb-easy-walks.pdf 

The Cross Bay Walks
A special Arnside event suitable for anyone able to walk for 3 or 4 hours across the sands at low tide in aid of charity.
These hugely popular events are held thirty to forty times per year between mid April and the end of September. The walks, guided by Cedric Robinson, start from Arnside and finish about four hours later at Kents Bank railway station. A single walk can attract over one thousand people with individuals and teams taking part to raise funds for charity. Advance bookings are essential but please note that walks are sometimes cancelled or re-routed due to bad weather conditions. Be prepared to get wet as the waters can reach knee high in places and Cedric advises everyone to take a towel to clean and dry their legs on completion of the walk. Expensive or valued footwear is not recommended.
Visitors will be interested to know that Cedric's 50 year service as Queens Guide to the Sands was honoured in a tribute evening attended by many supporters and well known radio and television celebrities in Ulverston's Coronation Hall in October 2013.
For a history of the route: www.arnside-online.co.uk and details: www.baysearchandrescue.org.uk/cross-bay-walk

 

Cross Bay Half Marathon Challenge
This is a very challenging event not starting from, but close to Arnside and held in aid of the Cancercare Charity. It starts from Hest Bank just over the border in Lancashire and finishes in Flookburgh in Cumbria. It is one of the U.K’s main off-road races and  is said to be the worlds only known race to take place across a tidal bay. A family friendly 7 mile walk will take place on the same day as the 2014 event  finishing in the same place as the runners.
www.crossbay.org.uk

Cross Bay Walkers Leafy Shoreline Walk

Arnside and Silverdale Cycling Routes and Courses
There's a wide choice of routes and courses varying in distance from 2 kilometres to more than 200. It's a mix of minor roads and lanes well connected to the National Cycle Route Network. For information of forthcoming events, routes, brew stops and more, contact:
Silverdale Cycle Hire. Phone 01524 701537.
www.silverdalecyclehire.co.uk or visit www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk
Alternatively, call at the Information Office on the southbound platform at Arnside railway station for route leaflets covering all parts of the area.

Tower View over the Estuary

Arnside and Silverdale Food and Drink

Arnside Chip Shop
Opening Times:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday to Thursday - 11.30am – 1.45pm and 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Friday - 11.30am – 2pm and 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Saturday - 11.30am – 8.00pm
Sunday - 12 Noon – 7.00pm.
www.arnsidechipshop.co.uk
1, The Promenade, Arnside LA5 0HF
Phone: 01524 761874

Aluminium Recycling - Guide Dogs for the Blind
Please help by bringing your washed aluminium (milk bottle tops: kitchen foil: fast food containers: drink cans etc.) to Arnside Chip Shop's "Guide Dog" green collection bin.

The Heron Cafe
Full breakfast
Homemade soups, scones and cakes
Salad platters
Hot toasted melts
Sandwiches
Traditional style cosy tea room with outdoor seating and estuary views.
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
3, The Promenade, Arnside LA5 0HF
Phone: 01524 762482.
Ye Olde Fighting Cock Pub & Restaurant
This building dating back to 1660 is in part possibly the oldest in Arnside. Freshly prepared food, daily specials, traditional Sunday lunches and children's menu.
The Promenade, Arnside
Phone: 01524 761203
Cinnamon Indian Restaurant & Takeaway
Open seven days a week from 5.30pm – 11pm. Please note that cash payments only accepted. An ATM service is available in the restaurant.
16a Emesgate Lane, Silverdale
Phone: 01524 702117
Albion Pub & Restaurant
Occupies a waterfront position with fine estuary views from the spacious outdoor seating area. Food available seven days a week from midday till 9pm except Christmas Day.
www.albionarnside.co.uk
Silverdale Hotel
Situated a few minutes walk from the shoreline. Freshly prepared locally sourced food and a large selection of ales and wines.
www.thesilverdalehotel.co.uk
Ship Inn
Situated in Sandside, two miles from Arnside, the Ship Inn is managed by Ray and Lyn and provides freshly prepared home cooked meals and a selection of real ales. Daily specials and traditional roast dinner every Sunday. Plenty of parking and outdoor seating with estuary views. Food served Monday to Saturday from midday until 2.30pm and 5.30pm till 8.30pm and on Sundays from midday until 6pm.
Sandside, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7HW
Phone: 015395 63113.
Wolf House Gallery
Food served all day from 10am until 5pm. The café is in a former dairy offering a selection of freshly prepared snacks, soups, sandwiches, home baked scones and cakes. Outside seating for sunny days and a children's play area. Wolf House is a mile outside the village on Lindeth Road and close to Jenny Brown's Point.
Phone 01524 702024
Silverdale Village Tearoom
Breakfast menu, home cooked meals, hot pies, cakes, sandwiches, hot takeaways, tea, coffee and soft drinks.
RSPB Leighton Moss
Award winning tea room open daily in the RSPB Centre. Home cooked meals, sandwiches, snacks and hot or cold drinks. A “Fledgling” menu is available for small appetites.
Phone: 01524 701601

The Bake House Cafe & Pizzeria
A waterfront position on Arnside promenade. Food available all day. Evening openings in the summer months.

Ramblers Cafe & Takeaway
Homemade scones, cakes, sandwiches, afternoon teas, a choice of coffee flavours and an extensive takeaway menu. Promenade position.
33 The Promenade, Arnside LA5 0HA
Kingfisher Restaurant
Situated in Sandside, two miles from Arnside on the road to Milnthorpe. Open Wednesday to Sunday for both lunch and dinner. Lunch served from noon till 1.45pm and dinner from 5.45pm till 8.30pm. Ample parking and estuary views.
www.kingfishersandside.co.uk

Woodlands Hotel Pub
The Woodlands retains the title of “hotel” but no longer operates as such. It's a pub popular with both locals and visitors selling a good selection of ales, spirits and wines. It opens Monday to Friday from 5pm until 11.30pm and from midday till midnight on Saturdays, and noon till 11.30pm on Sundays. Light snacks are available at the weekends. There's darts matches on Thursdays during the league season, pool nights, Real Ales and log fires. The Woodlands occupies a very pleasant position well back from the road with plenty of outside space on the village outskirts. Lots of parking and space for the kids to run around.

 

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