Monthly Archives - July 2020

Welcome back to Holgates Cottage Collection

Our holiday cottages are now open and we are excited to be welcoming back our guests, allowing you to stay in our splendid self-catered holiday cottages in Silverdale, Arnside and the surrounding areas. On this page, you will find details on what has changed to keep everybody safe and the 'new normal' we are now getting used to. We suggest checking in on this information regularly. There is nothing more important than the safety of people visiting our parks. Over the last few months we have been working hard to adapt our facilities, discovering ways to keep everyone safe with as little impact on holidays as possible.

Checking In

If staying in Hollins Cottage, please check in direct with the park. Otherwise, we ask you visit our main reception at Silverdale Holiday Park to receive your keys and learn more about what's new at Holgates.

Additional Cleaning Procedures in our Cottages

We have new cleaning procedures and precautions across our holiday cottages, learn more via the link below Additional Cleaning Procedures - Cottage Collection

Do I need to wear a mask?

It is now compulsory to wear masks in shops, as a result we will be asking all visitors using our on-site shops to wear a face covering.

When is your pool at Silverdale Holiday Park re-opening?

Following government guidance, we are allowed to re-open our pool from Saturday 25th July. Initially this will be for owners and holiday bookings only, full details on the additional safety measures are below.

Pool Open Daily 9am - 9.30pm (last entry 9pm)

Guests are limited to a 40 minute honesty swim to ensure everyone has fair access to the facilities.
  • All users of the leisure club must be swim ready on entry to the leisure facility.
  • All pool users must gain entry to the pool facilities to the rear of the building once details are provided for track and trace, you will be allocated a cubicle to change in, clothes MUST be put in a locker (50p required). All users of the swimming pool are to use the showers on poolside prior to entering the pool.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible person of 16 years or above at all times whilst using the leisure facility. The responsible person must go into the water with the child/children they are accompanying remain with them at all times. No play equipment, including balls, inflatables, woggles, noodles etc. are permitted in the pool. The pool has implemented a no diving, no jumping policy at this time.
  • Buoyancy aids accepted under this policy are those that fully support the child's weight in the water & remain secure in and out of the water. E.G. Arm bands, float suits any buoyancy aids that are hand held are NOT considered appropriate.
Adult to child Ratios in the Swimming Pool 1 Adult to 2 Children - Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied into the pool at all times by a responsible adult (Over 16 years) 1 Adult to 1 Child - Children under the age of 4 years must be accompanied into the pool by a responsible adult. 1 Adult to 2 Children - However in the event any child under 4 is wearing a suitable buoyancy aid.

What facilities will be open at Silverdale Holiday Park?

✔ Bar & Restaurant (First come first served dining & takeaway) ✔ Reception ✔ Outdoor Play Areas ✔ Shop (6 people max & pre-order for collection coming soon!) ✔ Arcade Games ✔ Swimming Pool (Saturday 25th July onwards) ✔ Gym

What is still closed?

The below facilities will remain closed until further guidance on re-opening our parks is issued. ❌ Sauna & Steam Room ❌ Indoor Play Area ❌ Bowling Lanes
We have been awarded 'Good to Go' status, recognising the changes we have made across our parks & locations to keep everybody safe. Learn more about the Good to Go scheme here.

We need your help

In order to keep our parks open during current events, we ask that if you visit our parks you adhere to our guidelines and be respectful of other guests and social distancing rules.

Safety measures being introduced

We have introduced the following measures to ensure the safety of our guests: ✔ We have strict hygiene routines across our cottages in addition to the already thorough cleans we carry out daily ✔ Social distancing measures have been put in place around our parks if you are visiting. This will include all facilities operating at a lower capacity with floor markings in areas where there is likely to be a queue such as our park receptions and shops ✔ Safety screens are now in place in all areas necessary, including our main reception and bar as we look ahead to opening more and more facilities ✔ Hand sanitisers have been placed around our parks for customers to use ✔ You will also find information throughout our parks and buildings explaining the safety precautions all visitors to the parks must work towards


✔ Enjoy your cottage and their outside areas. ✔ Enjoy the villages surrounding our cottages, observing social distance at all times. ✔ Bring soap, hand sanitiser, gloves, toilet roll and disinfectant (just to be on the safe side & especially if it will make you feel more comfortable). ✔ Remember we are here! Our team are always happy to help if you have any queries or concerns. ✔ If ordering takeaway food from Silverdale Holiday Park, maintain social distance whilst collecting.

Please do not

❌ Meet or gather with friends in a social group. ❌ Invite or entertain visitors. ❌ Allow children to roam unsupervised outside the boundary of your cottage, so that they do not break social distancing rules (even if it is by accident!) Please take your own precautions when playing and spending time outdoors if visiting our holiday parks nearby, supervising children where you feel necessary.

Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages

If you’re looking to escape to somewhere with beautiful scenery and incredible walks, then the Silverdale & Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is waiting to welcome you. It’s the ideal place to bring your furry friends for a holiday too. Staying at dog friendly cottages allows you to bring your pets with you, so they can join in your adventure. Bring your dog on holiday to Lancashire and it’ll be joyfully swimming in lakes and bounding up mountains with you in no time. There are a number of pet friendly holiday cottages in Lancashire, that are perfect for those who want to be able to experience everything the area has to offer, but want to be able to share it with their dog.    

Our Dog & Pet friendly Cottages

We understand that your pet is part of your family. Our pet friendly cottages in Lancashire are designed for you to bring your dog with you on your holiday. Our pet-friendly cottages can be booked all year round. Each pet-friendly cottage allows one pet per booking with a fee of £40.00. Our dog-friendly cottages include our Hollins Cottage and Cove Lodge, both of which are ready to welcome you and your pup for a holiday filled with exploration and adventure. All of our cottages come with access to the facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park, which includes a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room plus kids indoor and outdoor play areas.  

Hollins Cottage

Hollins Cottage, tucked in on the edge of our 5-star holiday park at Hollins Farm, is ready to welcome you, your family and your pet to the Silverdale & Arnside AONB. Hollins Cottage is perfect for your family getaway, sleeping up to 6 humans and one four-legged friend. The cottage has been exquisitely decorated and kitted out with everything a family will need. There’s a private walled garden so you can sit outside and stunning views across Morecambe Bay. The cottage is situated next to the holiday park but also amongst the working farm, so you’ll have a break with a difference. While Hollins Cottage is happy to welcome your pup, there’s only one allowed per booking and there’s an additional fee of £40.00.  

Cove Lodge

If you want to escape to a private dog friendly holiday cottage, then Cove Lodge is perfect for you. Cove Lodge sleeps up to 4 people and is just moments away from the sea in a secluded corner of Silverdale. With a large private garden and a beautifully furnished interior, complete with art from local artists, Cove Lodge is perfect for you, your family and your best four-legged friend. The cottage has a log-burner with a starter kit, making it an excellent option at any time of year. If you want to bring your pooch with you to Cove Lodge you’ll need to pay an additional fee of £40.00. Dogs are limited to one per booking.  

Dog friendly days out in the lake district

The Lake District is just a short drive from our dog-friendly holiday cottages, and it’s the perfect place to take your dog for a day out. Whether you want to visit a distillery, go on a lake cruise or simply take your dog on a hike, there’s a dog-friendly day out in the Lake District for you. Below you’ll find a few suggestions for a day out with your dog in the Lake District.
  • The Lakes Distillery - learn all about the distillation process and stock up on some excellent spirits.
  • Windermere Lake Cruises - see Windermere from the water and take your pup with you. Enjoy stunning views and learn all about the lake and surrounding area.
  • Yew Tree Barn - explore a barn filled with Antiques and other wonders, along with an on-site blacksmith and cafe.
  • Lakeland Motor Museum - learn everything you’d ever want to know about the humble automobile and discover vintage cars, all with your dog in tow!
A number of attractions allow dogs in their gardens and cafes too, but it’s always worth checking that attraction’s website before you go, just in case. You can find dog friendly pubs around the Lake District as well as around Morecambe, Lancashire.   

Local dog friendly things to do

If you want to stay a little closer to your cottage, there are so many dog-friendly things to do in the Silverdale & Arnside AONB too, as well as Lancaster and Kendal and the wider Lancashire area, all of which are just a short journey away. For starters, there are numerous wonderful walks in the Silverdale & Arnside AONB that are perfect for your dog. You could visit the Leighton Moss Nature Reserve, as long as you keep your dog on a lead, or you could take your dog to the park at Leighton Hall. The Lakeland Miniature Village is just a short journey away and is welcoming to dogs too. Check out guides for things to do in Silverdale and things to do in Arnside for more ideas. Levens Hall, on the way up to Kendal, welcomes dogs on the Levens Kitchen Terrace and in the areas surrounding it. Dogs are welcome on the Sizergh Castle estate too, although they can’t go in the main gardens. Check out our guide on things to do in Kendal for more suggestions. All of these areas have a host of walks and other activities that are welcoming to dogs too. Each location has a selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants that allow dogs, but it’s always worth checking on an individual basis before you go, just in case.

5 great walks around Arnside and Silverdale

All of the Holgates cottages are situated in the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As you’d expect from an area officially listed as beautiful, the surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and just waiting to be explored. There are so many things to do in Silverdale & Arnside, and walking is one of the best ways you can discover even more about the area. There are numerous walks around Morecambe Bay and even more walking routes around the wider Silverdale and Arnside area that cater for all abilities. We’ve gone through our favourite walks in Silverdale & Arnside below and hope it inspires your time away in one of our holiday cottages.  

Arnside Knott 

Length: 2.5miles Estimated walk time: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy Type: Circular Located in Far Arnside, the Arnside Knott walk is around a small hill that offers stunning views over the bay, the River Kent, the southern Lake District and as far as Ingleborough when looking inland. The walk starts at the National Trust car park on Arnside Knott. As Arnside Knott is a hill, it does require some hill climbing but it’s all fairly straight forward. The walk takes you on a loop around Arnside Knott, giving views around the surrounding area, including the Kent Viaduct, Grange-over-Sands and along the estuary. There are a number of benches to rest tired legs and take in the glorious views. If you’re looking for refreshments you’ll find them in nearby Arnside before or after the walk. Hollins Cottage is located at Hollins Farm which sits at the foot of Arnside Knott, meaning you can easily return for some peace and relaxation after you’ve completed the walk.  

Gait Barrows Nature Reserve 

Length: 2miles Estimated walk time: 50 minutes Difficulty: Easy Type: Circular The Gait Barrows Nature Reserve is nestled in amongst extensive limestone landscapes. It’s a short distance from Silverdale and close to the larger Leighton Moss Nature Reserve too. The walking route around the nature reserve is ideal for a leisurely stroll and perfect for spotting wildlife and rare plants. The Lady’s Slipper Orchid, which is particularly rare, can be found here, so make sure to keep an eye out if you’re visiting during their main blooming season of November to March. The route takes you around the edge of Hawes water which is situated within the reserve and starts at the Gait Barrows car park.  

Warton Crag

Length: 7.3 miles Estimated walk time: 3.5-4.5 hours Difficulty: Moderate Type: Circular This walk takes in a large chunk of the southern tip of the area and explores the Warton Crag. Overall the walking is fairly easy, despite the slightly longer distance, but some of the walking on Warton Crag itself may involve a little scrambling that some may find more difficult. You’ll start at the car park at Quaker’s Stang before making your way to Warton Crag. The walk is a mixture of road, woodland and open green spaces. It offers views of impressive limestone crags, Morecambe bay and down to Warton village and Silverdale. There’s another car park at Warton Crag so you can always make this walk shorter if you want.  

Eaves Wood

Length: 2.5 miles Estimated walk time: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy Type: There and back again - with a loop Located between Gait Barrows Nature Reserve and the Silverdale itself, you’ll find the picturesque Eaves Wood. The Eaves Wood walk takes you from the National Trust car park, through the Eaves Wood and up to the Pepperpot, a monument built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s silver jubilee, on top of King William’s Hill. Alongside the beautiful woodland, you’ll find limestone pavements and views across the area. On the return leg, you can make a loop within the woodlands before rejoining the main path. This walk is really close to Silverdale and all of the amenities it has to offer, like pubs and cafes.  


Length: 2 miles Estimated walk time: 2 hours Difficulty: Easy Type: Circular This walk takes in the picturesque town of Silverdale along with the beautiful coastline of the Morecambe Bay, a lime kiln, Lindeth tower and the wonderful view from the giant stone seat on Jack Scout. The walking is relatively easy but it’s worth checking the tide times, as some areas may be awkward or inaccessible at high tide. As this walk starts and finishes in Silverdale itself, you’ll find a number of options for refreshments to pick from, whether you want a pub or a cafe. Our holiday cottages The Knott and The Pepperpot are in the centre of Silverdale village which are perfect for exploring walks like this one.