Ideally situated for the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Lancaster, Kendal and Morecambe, with the Lake District National Park, the historic city of Lancaster and Morecambe Bay all only a short journey away, there is always plenty to see and do whilst staying at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks.
The historic villages of Arnside and Silverdale sit snugly on the coastline of Morecambe Bay in a spot that’s been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty thanks to its rich diversity of habitats and wildlife. Its deciduous woodlands, limestone grasslands and coastal salt marshes are enclosed by low limestone hills creating a perfect environment for rare butterflies and marshland birds.
You can discover the rich birdlife on a visit to RSPB Leighton Moss in Silverdale, where the largest reed bed in the north-west attracts more than 100 species of bird, including breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. Spring is the best time of year to spot colourful butterflies flitting along the reserve trails. There’s a shop and cosy tea room serving delicious slabs of cake and home-cooked meals where you can warm up afterwards.
The quaint village of Arnside is a tempting spot with a pretty Victorian parade of shops along the promenade and a choice of pubs from which to enjoy the spectacular sunset overlooking the Bay. There are plenty of easy walks in the surrounding woodland. Why not head up to Arnside Knott to enjoy the sweeping sea views?
Hop on the train and enjoy a scenic ride (about twenty five mins) into the centre of Lancaster visit it's historic castle, Maritime Meseum and the Judges Lodges, wander along the quay or do a little shopping along Lancaster's busy high streets.
Only 5 minutes train journey from Arnside - Grange-over-Sands, situated between the hills and the sea, was transformed in Victorian and Edwardian times into a fashionable seaside resort. Visitors can stroll along the promenade, visit the colourful Ornamental Gardens and patronise the plentiful supply of specialist shops and cafes.
For lovers of ornamental gardens, a walk towards Kents Bank will bring the visitor to Park Road Gardens. These gardens achieved Green Flag status in 2009. They feature magnificent trees, a sensory garden and an Edwardian bandstand erected in 1904. These gardens are well used especially in summer months.
Grange-over-Sands is also famous for PROMART. On the last Sunday of every month from April to September, there are around 70 art/craft stalls on the promenade and this is free for the public to visit.
Above the town is Hampsfield Fell, generally called Hampsfell, and from the top there are stunning views, on sunny days, in all directions.
The Lake District is an ideal destination for lovers of the great outdoors; it's a region of breath-taking natural beauty, from the highest fells to the quietest valleys and from the sands of the Cumbrian coast to the rolling hills of North Yorkshire.
Explore the 16 renowned and encompassing bodies of water that make up the Lake District, including the tranquil Buttermere, Rydal and Wast Water, plus the ever-popular Coniston and Windermere. Seasoned walkers can take up the challenge of mighty Skiddaw, Scafell Pike (England's highest mountain) and the ever-popular Helvellyn, while less agile visitors can enjoy strolls at lower levels around the shores of several of the smaller lakes, including Grasmere.
Places to Visit in the Lake District
There is endless choice when it comes to great villages to visit in the area. Some of the most popular Lake District towns include Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cartmel, Coniston, Grasmere & Keswick.
Put your boots on and walk along Arnside prom to Far Arnside, or up Arnside Knott with it's estuary views. Nearby the limestone strata is amazing and a good walk around Farleton Knott and Clawthorpe Fell.
Gait Barrows Nature Reserve and other local walks see local info at Arnside AONB
Find the Fairy Steps on a lovely woodland walk at Beetham, just a few minutes away.
We'd also suggest Dallam Park with it's herd of deer a stroll around Levens park, and a ramble over Scout Scar near Levens and further away Loughrigg and Latterbarrow, Elterwater and The Langdales,
(Slaters Bridge pic).
Around Arnside are miles of quiet country lanes, perfect for a bike ride, cycle over to Silverdale and enjoy the peace and scenic views. Stop and have a break at Leighton Moss (RSPB) - good cafe.
Mountain Biking? Go and get muddy around Claife Heights, take the ferry from Bowness on Windermere to Sawrey, eight mile easy circuit. Or head up to Grizedale and use their mountain bike forest routes.
See Lakes Cycling
Walk from Devils Bridge to Ruskins View both stunning attractions at nearby Kirkby Lonsdale, such a pretty town, great shops and restuarants.
The Buddhist Temple at Ulverston, is amazing, there is also a great cafe and gardens.
Go to Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve and lookout for Ospreys - April to October.
There's some great museums locally including Lancaster ( mentioned above). Stott Park Bobbin Mill (pic) and Lakeland Car Museum are favorites both near Newby Bridge, The Dock Museum at Barrow has fascinating huge models of ships built by Vickers in the shipyards there.
Kendal has The Musuem of Lakeland Life, Abbott Hall Galery (both re-opening Summer 2022) and Kendal Museum.
Further away is the Armitt (Ambleside), Coniston Museum and The Pencil Museum (Keswick).
Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle are historic houses well worth a visit, nearby is Leighton Hall in the Lakes visit Wray Castle (pic) Hill Top Near Sawrey the home of Beatrix Potter, Blackwell a fine Arts and Crafts House is on the outskirts of Windermere.
The walk up to Kendal Castle is worth it for the ruins and the views, Cartmel Priory and village is stunning. Birkrigg Stone Circle above Bardsea, near Ulverston is worth finding.
Carnforth Railway Station has the iconic clock which became famous in the film 'Brief Encounter'.
A few times a year there are organised cross bay walks, from Arnside to Grange over Sands.
If you fancy a flutter click here for Cartmel Racecourse