Arnside & Silverdale AONB

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Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) straddles the Cumbria-Lancashire border. It is best known for its low limestone hills, including Arnside Knott, its ancient woods and salt marshes. Lying at the heart of the AONB is the Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve, known for its distinctive limestone pavement. Visitors to the reserve can discover rare species such as the lady’s-slipper orchid, high brown fritillary butterflies, and bitterns.

Dragon Fly Arnside and Silverdale

Bay Cycle Way

The AONB, one of the smallest in the country, is criss-crossed by public rights of way and waymarked trails. For cyclists, the 81-mile Bay Cycle Way offers a scenic journey, skirting the coastal edge of the AONB. The route stretches from Walney Island, near Barrow-in-Furness, to Glasson Dock, located south of Lancaster. Breathtaking views of sea, sand, mountains, and sky are for the taking. Ideal for leisurely cyclists, the route passes through diverse landscapes. These include coastal stretches, rural villages, and market towns, offering numerous stops and cultural exploration options. The route is mostly flat with a few hilly sections, making it possible to complete comfortably in three days. Electric bike hire is available for those seeking an easier journey. This unique trail is perfect for experiencing the natural beauty and heritage of Morecambe Bay.

Refreshments in Silverdale at Wolf & Us

Wolf & Us in Silverdale is a charming, family-friendly café and gallery renowned for its excellent coffee and homemade cakes. Additionally, the café offers a variety of food options, including vegan and gluten-free choices. Nestled in a beautiful rural setting, Wolf & Us serves as an ideal stop for coastal walkers. The café boasts a Scandi-inspired interior and a tranquil outdoor courtyard, complete with a children’s play area. Furthermore, since 2017, the café has been run by local couple Ed and Jen, who bring a personal touch to the establishment. Additionally, it features a gift shop with items from local artists and occasionally hosts evening events. This hidden gem is a perfect spot for a relaxing meal or a quick refuel during a scenic walk. 

Wolf House Silverdale