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They say good things come in small packages and that’s very true of Arnside. This former fishing village, bounded to the north and west by the Kent estuary, to the east by the railway, and to the south by Arnside Knott, is a delightful place to spend just a few hours, or to base yourself while exploring the wildlife-rich Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its promenade, lined by cafés and small shops, looks down on a small stretch of beach beside the broadening River Kent. At certain times of the year, it’s possible to watch from here as an unusual wave, known as a tidal bore, moves rapidly up the channel on the incoming tide. Listen for the Coastguard’s siren, warning of the bore’s imminent arrival.

In summer, the Queen’s Guide to the Sands leads walks across the estuary, navigating a safe passage between shifting quicksands and deep channels.

A more straightforward walk, with feet always on terra firma, leads downstream from Arnside, over the top of low-lying limestone cliffs, through ancient woods and up on to Arnside Knott for spectacular views of both the coast and the fells.

Arnside is served by the Furness Railway Line which runs between Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster, one of the stations on the West Coast Main Line.