Situated on the Lancashire side of the border of Lancashire and Cumbria, Silverdale is part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering incredible views and perfect environments for a wide range of plants, wildlife and visitors alike.
Although small in size, there’s plenty to do in and around Silverdale to make visiting the area unforgettable; whether you want a day out with the family, a good hike or just simply some delicious food, Silverdale has it all!
Attractions in Silverdale
RSPB Leighton Moss
For all you nature lovers out there, Silverdale plays home to Leighton Moss, an RSPB nature reserve with a plethora of nature for you to get stuck in the middle of.
The reserve is made up of the largest reed bed in the North West of England, and its wetlands and coastal lagoons play a vital role in the conservation of some of the UK’s endangered birds. There is also a mixed woodland area in which you may be lucky enough to get a glimpse of woodpeckers, tawny owls and other nesting birds.
Marsh Harriers are also one of the popular sights on the Leighton Moss skyline, so make sure you’re keeping your eyes to the sky as well as to the ground!
Leighton Moss provides the basis of a fantastic day out for all the family, and there are kid-friendly activities planned throughout the year to help encourage children to become more interested in nature!
To find out more about Leighton Moss, please visit the RSPB Leighton Moss website.
Wolf House Gallery
If you’re looking for beautiful gifts or items to take back home with you that remind you of the Silverdale area, we recommend stopping in at Wolf House Gallery and seeing what tickles your fancy.
Run by a mother-daughter team of artists, Janice McGloine & Bells Scambler produce some beautiful artworks, including prints and handmade gifts which are available to buy. They are both massively inspired by the local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and their items make the perfect keepsakes from your visit to Silverdale.
Find out more about Janice and Bells and their artwork, and how to locate Wolf House Gallery over on their website.
If you’ve done your research on the area, you’ll have found out that the renowned furniture masters the Gillow family operated in Lancaster and surrounding areas. Leighton Hall is their family home and now acts as a museum of their incredible craftsmanship.
However, they’re quick to point out that they’re not your usual “stuffy” museum, and there are no roped off areas, giving an ultimately unrestricted view into the family’s life and work. Leighton Hall as a very unique feel to it, and there’s plenty more to do than just look at historic furniture!
From bird of prey demonstrations to woodland walks and even a tearoom to refresh and fuel up during your long day at Leighton Hall, there’s something for all the family!
To find out what events are happening during your visit, please visit the Leighton Hall website
Greenlands Farm Village
Located just outside Silverdale in Carnforth, Greenlands Farm Village is a great way to spend an afternoon in the area. With a large farm full of animals to meet and greet, as well as a retail unit for those looking to shop, there’s something for everyone to enjoy,
As the main attraction, the farm has a lot going on throughout the day. Whether you want to cuddle up with a rabbit or learn more about the other animals on the farmyard, there are plenty of opportunities to learn something new – and meet animals you may not have got up close and personal with before, such as barn owls, mice, goats and even a ginormous cow!
Even on a rainy day, the farm is still a fantastic attraction, and there’s a play area for the kids to play while the parents take a well-earned sit down with a coffee!
To find out what’s on during your visit and see what animals you can meet, please use the Greenlands Farm Village website to plan your visit!
Carnforth Station Heritage Centre
Did you know that Carnforth station is actually quite famous? It featured in the 1940’s classic film Brief Encounter, where the iconic clock of Carnforth station became an icon of the film, and the refreshment room became the setting for the film itself.
On a visit to the Carnforth Heritage Centre today, you can visit the very refreshment room that featured in the film, having been lovingly restored and modelled on the film’s set. Recreate your own Alec and Laura story while enjoying a hot drink! There’s also a Brief Encounter exhibit where you can learn more about the station’s involvement in the filming, as well as an “age of steam” gallery for those more interested in the history of steam engines.
To find out more about the exhibits at Carnforth Railway Station, visit the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre website.
Old School Brewery
Situated at the foot of Warton Crag, Old School Brewery produce some of the finest beers in the area. Using only the finest ingredients and a whole lot of patience, they brew incredible beverages that can be enjoyed around Lancashire and Cumbria.
They also hold events with live music every month and their own bar, so for you music lovers, it is definitely worth a look on their Facebook and seeing what they have planned for your visit.
There’s also a shop if you’d like to nip in and grab some of your Old School Brewery favourites to take home with you!
Take a look at the Old School Brewery website for more information.
Walks in Silverdale
Take a walk around the beautiful Lunesdale area in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
There are many different routes you can take on this walk, but you are sure to be rewarded with some of the most beautiful views of Morecambe Bay, the Cumbrian Fells beyond and more. It’s definitely a recommended walk if you’re in the area – even if you can only experience part of it.
For full route information, please see the Visit Lancashire Lunesdale Walk page of their website
Taking walkers up to the summit of Warton Crag – one of the prominent features of the Silverdale landscape, this route is perfect for those looking to get an unmissable view of the area.
Starting from the Warton Crag Nature Reserve car park, this route is around 5km in length and is a pretty easy walk underfoot, making it ideal for novice walkers.
Passing through fields and woodland, you’ll reach the summit, you’ll be able to take in the beautiful panoramic view of the land below and the fells in the distance – make sure you take your camera!
Take a look at the route described for more information.
This circular walk around Arnside Knott gives you unbeatable views of Morecambe Bay and the Kent Estuary and is only 4km in length.
Take in all the sights along the Arnside promenade and follow the route through Arnside and up to the Knott. On your walk, you may come into contact with some beautiful wildlife, often including Blue Moor Grass and Scotch Argos butterflies, many different bird species and some small mammals if you’re lucky!
The ascent to the Knott is described as being “modest uphill walking”, so while it’s not the hardest route, be prepared to tackle some uphill areas to get to the summit.
Take a look at this route by Lakes Walks for a great route explanation.
Places to Eat in Silverdale
The Wolfhouse Kitchen
With great portion sizes and locals often visiting for their incredible breakfasts, a stop off at the Wolfhouse Kitchen before beginning your day is sure to set you up until at least lunchtime.
The Wolfhouse Kitchen is open Tuesday to Sunday and opens slightly later than other eateries at 10 am. It’s perfect for those who want a lie in but still expect a first-class cooked breakfast. It’s very child-friendly, too, offering hearty portions at reasonable prices for all.
All ingredients are fresh, as can be deciphered from the delicious array of flavours. Definitely, a place to consider to start your day off right!
Take a look at the Wolfhouse Kitchen TripAdvisor to find out more.
The Blossom Bird
If hearty breakfasts aren’t your thing and you prefer a light bite first thing in the morning, The Blossom Bird has you covered.
Offering a range of breakfast-friendly “light bites” which features doorstep toast, crumpets, toasted teacakes and jams and marmalades, it’s the ideal place to pop in while in Silverdale village to have a little nibble before you start your day.
There’s also a wide range of hot drinks to set you up for the day, too! Whether you’re a coffee drinker, tea lover or hot chocolate connoisseur, you ‘ll have plenty of choices – and there’s a delicious array of cakes, too!
See what else the cafe has to offer as well as taking a look at their menu on The Blossom Bird website.
The Silverdale Hotel Restaurant
Looking for somewhere that does lunch bites and larger meals? The Silverdale Hotel Restaurant caters for a wide range of dietary needs and appetites.
With a massive focus on family and home-cooked, locally produced food, the portion sizes will blow you away for the price, ensuring you leave full and completely satisfied.
From pub favourites such as pie and chips and fish and chips to massive sandwiches and fresh fish and game dishes, there’s something for everyone – even those with a more varied taste!
Find out more and what other people have to say about the Silverdale Hotel Restaurant over on their Trip Advisor.
The Royal, Silverdale
One of our own establishments here at Holgates is our pub – The Royal. With a huge variety of food and a brilliant family-friendly atmosphere, we’ve transformed the Royal back into the food and entertainment hub it used to be in Silverdale.
Good food in a traditional setting, we cater for all dietary requirements. From fish and chips to prawn salad, pizza to pasta, sandwiches and jacket potatoes, we have something for everyone, no matter how hungry you are at incredibly affordable prices
Take a look at the menu currently on at The Royal and see what events we have planned over on the website.
For those among you who are fans of hot food, Cinnamon Spice is definitely the place to look. Specialising in Asian and Indian food especially, you’ll have plenty of choice in the many dishes they have on offer.
With a variety of dishes in varying levels of spice, it’s the perfect opportunity to try some authentic Indian dishes which you may not be able to get anywhere else. If you’re unsure, their team of knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you choose the perfect dish for your tastes.
Chicken, lamb, fish, vegetable… there are plenty of dishes to choose from!
Find out what other customers of Cinnamon Spice have to say over on their Trip Advisor.
For those looking for a more authentic Italian twist to their evening meal, head just outside of Silverdale into Carnforth and enjoy a traditional Italian dish at Miaitalia.
Not only do they do incredible homemade pizzas, but their coffee is also award-winning and worth a try at least while you’re there. Family friendly and with a great laid back atmosphere, it’s almost as if you feel like you’ve been transported to Italy for a few hours.
Food sizes are incredible and are easily shared between families, and delicious authentic Italian gelato for dessert, you can’t go wrong at Miaitalia for satisfying your appetite.
Take a look at the menus and see what is on offer at MiaItalia on their website
Ship Inn, Milnthorpe
Looking for a meal with a view? Head to the Ship In at Milnthorpe – a short drive away from Silverdale. With the Kent estuary in view, you can comfortably dine while enjoying one of the most scenic views in the area.
A typical traditional pub with traditional pub grub, there’s not much in the way of fancy cooking or ultra-modern interior… but the food is hearty and wholesome and you’ll definitely have a comfortable experience with the help of their friendly staff.
With good portions of familiar favourites and a scenic backdrop to enjoy as the sun goes down, the Ship Inn is perfect for an evening meal in Milnthorpe.
You can find out more about the Ship Inn in Milnthorpe over on their Trip Advisor page.
While you stay in our holiday cottages near Silverdale, make sure to take a look at the town of Arnside for more things to do nearby!