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An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) not to be missed.

Today I thought I would share with you an area that is often overlooked as it’s just outside the Lake District National Park. It’s Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s across the Morecambe Bay and opposite Grange over Sands. http://www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk/

This extraordinary place is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. From the simple beauty of the lady’s-slipper orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is simply awe-inspiring.

A great way to visit the area is by train, if you fancy a day off from driving, as there’s a station at both Arnside and Silverdale.

There are 5 major villages to enjoy: Arnside, Silverdale, Beetham, The Yealands and Wharton all worth an explore! From a Victorian seaside resort to a village with connections to the first president of the United States, the villages of the AONB will take you back in time and reveal an interesting history.

Other attractions include :

 Heron Corn Mill is an 18th century Grade II* listed water mill and important local heritage site and visitor attraction within the AONB.   http://www.heronmill.org

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is an all-weather attraction. Where you can meet the Meerkats,  and  stroke a snake (if you want to!)   http://wildlifeoasis.co.uk/

RSPB Leighton Moss    http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss/  

Leighton Hall and Hawk Garden

Leighton Hall is the historic home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture making family, a stunning location for a day out     :http://www.leightonhall.co.uk/ 

A great place to visit in the area is the Heritage Centre and Refreshment Room at Carnforth station which offers you the chance to take a step back in time! Opened in 2003 following an extensive renovation project, the centre attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the 1940s’ atmosphere of David Lean’s film ‘Brief Encounter’ which was filmed here.  http://www.carnforthstation.co.uk/

I Found The Best Bakery near Newby Bridge

Cartmel Village

Well I not only found the best bakery near  Newby  Bridge,  I found loads of other food shops too. I went to Cartmel Village. A few minutes from Woodside and on Fell View’s door step!

Cartmel is unique! It’s a medieval village with an ancient Priory and the smallest race course in England!

Cartmel Village

It’s a lovely place to wander around at any time of year is Cartmel Village. Not only has it an artisan bakery but there are many other interesting places to visit in this medieval village. Wine bars, bistros, cafe bars, coffee shops, pubs and top class restaurants! You can see why it has a reputation of being the best “foodie” village in the Lakes.

And when you have finished eating and drinking there are gift shops, vintage clothing and antique shops, chocolate shops and of course ice cream shops!

I Found Some Wonderful Artwork near Newby Bridge

 If you’re looking for arts and crafts a trip to Yew Tree Barn at High Newton just off the A590 is well worth a visit.

Book Launch at Yew Tree Barn – 18th January

Please make a note in your diaries of this January event.  Yew Tree Barn are  hosting the launch of local poet David Hunt’s new book, ‘Inklings’, which will be hot off the press for his book signing on Thursday 18th January.

Please email or call to book tickets.

A visit to Yew Tree Barn is not complete unless you have a browse around the barn, or a visit to  Harry’s Cafe Bar. Their coffee is fantastic, there’s an interesting wine list, wherever possible they buy locally, everything is freshly cooked, there is a cosy seating area by the fire with newspapers and magazines, free wifi, and you will be very well looked after!

At the beginning of December, the barn holds its annual Christmas Fair. Watch the video to get a flavour of Yew Tree Barn.

Morecambe Bay Cycle Ride

morecambe bay cycle route

Morecambe Bay’s fantasic cycle way. Have your own big adventure on two wheels! 

From Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness to Glass Dock, Lancashire, the award-winning Bay Cycle Way (NCN 700) is 130km of relatively flat cycle routes around the Bay.

It is a family-friendly, long distance route, suitable for entry-level touring cyclists. And importantly it is designed so that you’ll never be far from a loo, a view or a brew!

if your staying at Fell view this section of the route is ideal for a short ride. 

Cartmel Peninsula

The route carries on towards the little village of Greenodd before crossing the Leven Estuary and on through Roudsea Woods in preparation for the climb up aptly named Bigland Hill. Catch your breath at the top before coasting downhill towards foody capital Cartmel (of sticky-toffee-pudding fame), and through to Flookburgh where the famous Morecambe Bay shrimps are available, in season – look out for signs at fishermen’s homes.

Moving back towards the coastline, the route passes through the genteel Edwardian town of Grange-over-Sands before heading back inland along the quiet old road adjacent to the A590 towards Witherslack and Levens villages and the historic house and stunning topiary gardens of Levens Hall.

Arnside and Silverdale area

Meander along the marsh road through the diverse natural habitat of the country’s smallest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Arnside and Silverdale and visit the largest reed bed in Northwest England at Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve – home to otters, red deer and breeding birds such as bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers.

 

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House , just waiting to be explored!

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House is  not far from Newby Bridge and Windermere, and must be one of the most stunning arts and crafts houses in the country, and somewhere that is a must for a visit. The views from the terrace are amazing, looking out onto Lake Windermere. It is one of the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District. When you visit you are invited to relax and immerse yourself in all the beauty and craftsmanship of Blackwell. You are encourage to sit and soak up the atmosphere in Blackwell’s fireplace inglenooks, which have fine examples of tiles by Arts & Crafts designer William de Morgan. The inviting window seats offer stunning views of the surrounding Lake District scenery. You can appreciate the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas.

Blackwell retains many of its original decorative features, including a rare hessian wall-hanging in the Dining Room, leaf-shaped door handles, curious window catches, spectacular plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling by Simpsons of Kendal. The rooms contain furniture and objects by many of the leading Arts & Crafts designers and studios – metalwork by WAS Benson, ceramics by Pilkingtons and Ruskin Pottery and furniture by Morris & Co., Stanley Webb Davies, Ernest Gimson and Baillie Scott himself.

Recent acquisitions of furniture by Baillie Scott are on display, including an oak and ebony inlaid barrel chair with slatted sides, sideboard and a set of dining chairs. Blackwell offers more than most historic houses with several rooms displaying historical exhibitions that explore different aspects of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

 

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

The original gardens were laid out by Arts & Crafts garden designer, Thomas Mawson, in a series of terraces to achieve the very best views from the house over the lake towards the Coniston fells. Today, Blackwell is bordered by beautiful flower beds set against a terrace of York stone paving, providing shelter for garden chairs and tables, surrounded by fragrant flowers and herbs. On the lower terrace there is a long sweep of lawn where visitors can stroll and take in the intoxicating beauty of the Lake District whatever the season.

Opening Times

Every day, 10.30am – 5pm
Tea Room open from 10am

Winter closing time: 4pm (Nov – Feb)
Closed 25 & 26 Dec 2016 and 2 – 12 Jan 2018

Admission 2017

Adult £8.80 (without donation £8)

Kids and full-time students FREE