The beautiful scenery of Silverdale, nearby Arnside and the surrounding areas are perfect to be explored by bike, connected by a series of quiet lanes which cut through the picturesque countryside.
With stunning views such as the sands of Morecambe Bay and various wildlife and nature to discover, here are some of our favourite cycling routes in the Silverdale area.
Taking you right around the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the highlights of this ride are the great views out across Morecambe Bay from Warton Crag Quarry (once you’ve managed to make your way up there!).
After making your way through some of the wooded lanes past Arnside and the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis you’ll hit the disused towpath of the Lancaster Canal, which will take you all the way back down to Warton.
If you’re an experienced cyclist and want a real long distance trek that takes you all the way around Morecambe Bay, the Bay Cycle Way is part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network and takes in one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK.
They list the start/end point as Glasson Dock, at the mouth of the River Lune, but you just as easily start from here in Silverdale.
All in all the route stretches for 80 miles as it loops around the bay to Walney Island, so you’ll want to break it up into chunks if you do decide to tackle it.
This is a nice, easy route with no major inclines to worry about, other than a steady climb from Heversham to Woodhouse, meaning that it’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
The route criss-crosses the old Lancaster Canal, taking you through the village of Beetham where you can stop off for a drink at the Wheatsheaf pub for refreshments.
The highlight is the downhill section through Dallam Deer Park toward the Kent Estuary on your way back to Heversham.
While it isn’t the longest of rides, the route from Holme to Hutton Roof is a steep route, but you get some great views when you reach Hutton Roof and Newbiggin Crag, where you can see towards the Howgills, Ingleborough and the Yorkshire Dales, Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Fells.
Be prepared for a tough climb, with the highest point of the route reaching 630ft (192m), but rest assured that the rewards are absolutely worth it in the end!
Heading a little further away from the AONB, this route takes you inland through the woodland lanes toward Beetham as you cross the busy M6, the Lancaster Canal and the West Coast Mainline.
After passing Burton, you’ll head up the limestone crags of Hutton Roof before dropping down into the village of Kirkby Lonsdale.
On your way back to Arnside/Silverdale, you get some great views towards the Howgills, with a final climb up past Beetham and Storth for the final stretch.
Another ride starting in Warton, this route starts off by passing the impressive gothic architecture of Borwick Hall, before climbing up past Capernwray Hall and Lord’s Lot Wood, with great views to match.
You’ll then have to spend a couple of miles on the B6254 as you drop down to Arkholme, before climbing back out of the Lune Valley through the woods.
As with many of the local routes, Hutton Rood is the high point, before making your way back down across the canal and motorway on your way through the Yealands.
To explore all of the best that the local area has to offer, this route take you up to Milnthorpe and back through the AONB before heading all the way down to Lancaster via Carnforth and a short detour into the Forest of Bowland.
Be sure to set aside some time to explore the historic city of Lancaster, with its medieval castle, before making your way back up along the coast to Silverdale.
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