Arnside


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Arnside and Silverdale is an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The picturesque viaduct across the Kent Estuary provides rail passengers with spectacular views over the bay. The town of Arnside provides the starting point for Cross Bay, Westmorland Way and Limestone Link walks.

Arnside lies on the estuary of the River Kent at the top of Morecambe Bay and was a small port until the Furness Railway built the Arnside viaduct in the mid-19th century. The short pier is a reminder of Arnside's past, as is Arnside Tower which dates back to the 14th century. Arnside Knott , 159 metres/525 ft. high lying to the south of the station offers great views across the bay and as far as the Lakeland Mountains and the Pennines.

In Arnside you will find shops, galleries, good accommodation, and pubs and cafes with spectacular views across the water to the Lake District mountains. Every June, the Silverdale & Arnside Art & Craft Trail takes place with about 95 exhibiting artists at 30 different venues.

This part of the bay is also famous for the tidal bore, due to a tidal range of 32 ft./ 9.7 metres, which is one of the greatest tidal ranges in the world, the Bay of Fundy in eastern Canada being the greatest. At Arnside a siren sounds to warn people about the approaching tidal bore which is said to advance in places faster than a man can run.

The old station building at Arnside is home to the offices of the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This largely limestone area is crossed by many quiet footpaths and is home to nature reserves including nesting places for rare Bitterns.