Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Carnforth
Country Park/Nature Reserve
The Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Carnforth, first designated in 1972, spans the county boundary between Lancashire and Cumbria and covers an area of approximately 75sq kms. A distinctive landcape on the shores of Morecambe Bay, the Arnside & Silverdale AONB reveals an intimate mosaic of limestone hills, ancient woodland, herby-rich grassland and coastal scenery.
Spring especially is a great time to visit. Rich in wildlife, a plethora of birdlife and specimens of over half the nation's flowering plants can be found here. Dragonflies like the sapphire coloured Common Blue Damsel can be found, as can the beautiful Duke of Burgundy butterfly. Look out for the cowslips and early purple orchids, listen to the bittern booming at the RSPB Leighton Moss Reserve and be captivated by the many species of animal in the woods and meadows.
Watch the spectacular tidal bore as it races up the Kent Estuary against a backdrop of the Lakeland Fells and discover the medieval tower houses and limekilns which are reminders of days gone by. Take advantage of the excellent public transport network to reach this AONB, then soak up the peace and tranquility of this special place as you walk along secluded footpaths or cycle through this superb countryside, stopping off along the way for a drink at the many pubs.
The area is host to a very popular Art and Craft Trail one weekend in the summer months. For more details see - www.silverdalearttrail.co.uk
Public Transport Directions
Sunday Service 'Hail And Ride' in Carnforth. Further details of The Bittern Bus can be found as a seperate attraction. Also a Bus Timetable can be obtained from Morecambe (01524) 582808 Or Lancaster (01524)32878 Tourist Information Centres