Arnside and Silverdale


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4 Nights / 5 days
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 5 Maximum 12
Holiday Dates
25 - 29 September 2023, Mon - Fri 4 nights
Arnside, Cumbria
Walk Grade
Deposit Required
10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 10 weeks in advance

Arnside and Silverdale, although in Cumbria and Lancashire respectively. sit next to each other on a quiet corner of the expansive Morecambe Bay. The two villages are surrounded by a rich tapestry of different habitats, each providing a unique landscape. There are limestone pavements, ancient woodlands, rich wetlands, lush meadows and an impressive coastline making Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty one of England’s finest areas to explore.

We stay at Parkside Guest House, which back in the 1930’s, provided holiday accommodation for women of Lancashire who were suffering hardship. Set at the top of the village, it has extensive views over the bay and the Cumberland hills.

Day 1: You should aim to arrive at the Parkside Guest House after 4pm. Helen will greet you in the bar from 18.00 prior to dinner.

Day 2: We will take the train to the iconic Carnforth Station, best known as the film location for Brief Encounter. From here, we’ll walk across to the village of Warton, where George Washington’s family were from, and then ascend to Warton Crag with amazing views across Morecambe Bay. From here, we’ll drop down to the coast and walk along the Lancashire Coastal Way to the village of Silverdale. We will stop for tea and cake  at The Wolfhouse Cafe and Gallery. Suitably refreshed, we’ll continue our journey round the coast back to Arnside. 10 miles ascent: 300m

Day 3: We are on the train again, just one stop to Silverdale. From here, we will walk to Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve and pay a visit to the bird hides, and from there to Yealand Storrs. There is a pleasant walk through the Yealand Hall area of limestone pavement to the very lovely Hawes Water. From here, we will enter the Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve, which has stunning limestone pavements. Next stop are the Fairy Steps, where the narrow passage squeezes between two sheer rock faces via a flight of natural stone stairs. Supposedly, if you climb or descend the steps without touching the limestone sides of the narrow gully, the fairies will grant your wish. From here, we descend to the village of Storth and walk back along the coast by Milnthorpe Sands. 10 miles 250m ascent.

Day 4: On the train again, this time across the bay to the pretty town of Grange-over-Sands, across the Kent Viaduct. From the station, we will climb up through Eggerslack Wood to the Hampsfell Hospice viewpoint. From here we will descend, to the lovely village of Cartmel, home of the Famous Sticky Toffee Puddings. And from here, we will walk to visit Holker Hall, which also has a cafe. From here, a lovely route takes us back to Grange with shops and cafes. Then we will catch the train back to Arnside. 10 miles 500m ascent

Day 5: After we check out, we will take a short walk to experience the views from Arnside Knott which are truly spectacular. We start the route along the shore and soon climb steadily to the summit at just 159m. After taking in the stunning view, we will drop down to the remains of Arnside Tower and walk back through fields into the village. There’ll be time for one more cup of tea, before we head back to the hotel and start on our homeward journeys. 5.5 miles 235m ascent

Single Ensuite £545Twin shared ensuite £545 per person Price includes: 4 nights' full board accommodation including a packed lunch; transport to walks as required Not included: Travel to the accommodation; personal expenses; insurance
Walks of up to 10 miles on a mixture of paths and sometimes rough and uneven ground. The pace will be moderate with opportunities to stop for photos, refreshment breaks, etc. Whatever the grade we aim not to rush past the scenery! Walks will involve ascents and descents for which you will need to be moderately fit.
Helen Venus Helen has been an enthusiastic advocate for women only walks for many years and relishes the opportunity to share her enjoyment of the outdoors with her groups. Having lived close to Arnside and Silverdale for a while, she loves sharing her historical and geographical knowledge of this fascinating area.
Parkside Guest House is a large, group orientated accommodation with fabulous views. The rooms are clean, comfortable and all are ensuite. There are no tvs, bins and no daily housekeeping (although bins and towels are changed). It is not a place of luxury but very welcoming and with ample space both inside and out.
Parkside Guest House, 59 Redhills Road, Arnside, Carnforth LA5 0AU By train: The nearest station is Arnside which is 1 mile from the accommodation. You can either walk (although it is uphill) or get a taxi from the station By car: Exit M6 motorway at Junction 35 Turn left (from northbound, right from southbound) onto the A601(M). At the island, turn right onto the A6 towards Milnthorpe. At the traffic lights in Milnthorpe, turn left onto the B5282 and carry on for approximately 3-4 miles. At the T-junction, turn right passing the railway station and carry on round the waterfront of Arnside following the road. Bear left at The Albion pub. Carry on up the hill on Silverdale Road until it levels out, turn right into Redhills Road opposite Avery’s Food Store (signposted The Grange, The Knott, YHA). The Guest House is approximately half a mile along Redhills Road on the left (just after Lawrence Drive). To get to the car park, carry on past Parkside and turn next left into Parkside Drive and then take the first left onto the car park.


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  • 25/09/2023
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