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7 Great Cycling Routes Near Silverdale

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.  

Warton, Silverdale & the Lancaster Canal

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.  

The Bay Cycle Way

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.  

Heversham to Farelton & Beetham

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.  

Holme to Hutton Roof

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!  

Arnside to Kirkby Lonsdale

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.  

Warton to Arkholme

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.  

Silverdale to Lancaster

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.   If you’re looking to come and explore Silverdale and the beautiful surrounding areas, be sure to check availability at our cottages today.

8 of the Best Coastal Walks in the Morecambe Bay Area

Lancashire is home to some of the best coastline in the UK, particularly Morecambe Bay, where the landscape changes from limestone crags to saltmarshes, farmland and of course, the seaside towns such as Morecambe itself. A stroll by the coast is one of the best things to do during a visit to the area, or if you live locally, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourites.

Cark and Flookburgh

Starting out at the very top of Morecambe Bay, the marshes near Cark and Flookburgh make up a small part of the Cumbria Coastal Way which stretches all the way around the county, up to the border with Scotland. The old fashion villages themselves are known for their famous potted shrimp and have plenty of character.  

Arnside Knott

Arnside Knott is a hill that’s not too challenging but offers some incredible views out over the bay. It’s also well-known as a habitat for multiple types of birds and wildlife and it’s also very easy to get to from our cottages here in Silverdale.  

Carnforth Canal Walks

This series of four walks are all based around the village or Carnforth and the multiple marshes and sandbanks that sit just inland from the bay itself. Home to a variety of wading birds and shellfish, the Lancaster Canal links much of the local area and while it used to be a thriving industrial transport route, these days, it makes for one the county’s best beauty spots.  

Hest Bank

Situated between Morecambe itself and Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank makes for a nice and easy walk with lots of flat marshland to explore, where you might also spot some of the local salt marsh lamb which graze in the grassy marshes. This walk takes in some of the Lancaster Canal towpath too and is around eight miles long.  

Warton Crag

Warton Crag is the highest point in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at 163m. When you get to the top you’ll discover the ruins of an Iron Age fort, as well as some great views, of course. Once you’ve made your way back down, you can pop into the New Inn at Yealand for some well-earned refreshments.  

Sunderland Point

One of the lesser-known walks along the bay is Sunderland Point, a village which is bursting with history from its shipbuilding heyday. The village is home to some beautiful Georgian homes, but the main highlight is Sambo’s Grave at the end of the peninsula, which is the poignant resting place of a slave left behind by his master and a sombre reminder of the key role which the area played in the slave trade. Just note that access to Sunderland Point is dependent on the tide!  

The Hoad

Visitors to Ulverston will immediately spot this landmark looking out over the town from atop its hill. Also known as the Pepper Pot by locals, the monument resembles a lighthouse. During the summer you can climb the spiral staircase within for an amazing panoramic view of both the Furness Peninsula and Morecambe Bay. Be sure to have a proper look round the market town of Ulverston while you’re in the area too.  

Jenny Brown’s Point

If you’re staying at any of our cottages here in Silverdale, this one is right on your doorstep! Silverdale truly is one of the most beautiful places surrounding the bay and this is one of the best walks to enjoy in the local area. The Point itself is a small headland with a grade II listed chimney believed to have been part of a copper mining facility in the 18th century, as well as what remains of Walduck’s Wall, which was an attempt to reclaim some of the land between here and Carnforth, which were submerged by the bay’s sands in the late 19th century, only to re-emerge in 1975.   To explore all of these walks and many more for yourself, be sure to check our availability here at Holgates Cottage Collection.