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/