Silverdale Beach is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) because it is a place with such a rich diversity of wildlife and habitat. The woodlands, limestone grassland, and the salt marshes by the coast, with the low limestone hills enclosing them form together to become a sanctuary for marshland birds and rare butterflies.
The village of Silverdale and Arnside are along the coastline of Morecambe Bay, just close to the border to Cumbria. Much like many of England’s beaches, it is quiet and not commercialized. While you have to navigate through some country lanes to discover this picturesque spot, it is definitely worth the effort.
Travelers to Silverdale Beach will have tons to enjoy, so make sure you plan more than just a pit stop. The surrounding woodland has many paths for a nice walk, but there are also points like Arnside Knott where you can enjoy a majestic view of the sea.
If you are up for a bigger adventure, then go climb down to the shoreline all the way to Jenny Brown’s Point. You can follow the Lancashire Coastal Way footpath that heads to Freckleton, while the Cumbria Coastal Way is headed over to Gretna.
It is important to note, though, that while the sandy bay stretching over to Grange-over-Sands looks tempting, there are quite a few dangerous areas with fast tides and quicksand. Thus, you might want to stay close to the cliffs and chase crabs around the rock pools.
Silverdale is not very developed, although there are quite a few cafes offering some refreshments to its visitors. There is also a bike rental store on the site for those who want to explore the area by bike.
In Silverdale itself and the surrounding areas, there are several accommodation options for visitors, from a hotel, campsites, and self-catering cottages.
Things To Do
This AONB is home to many wild species, and you can enjoy these animals in their natural habitat. For example, the RSPB Leighton Moss and Morecambe Cay Nature Reserve is the biggest reed bed and thus, is where more than 100 species of bird migrate to.
If you are more into discovering picturesque, small towns, then you should start with Annshide. Beyond being a great place to watch the sunset over the Bay, it is also a quaint little town with some well-preserved Victorian shops along the promenade. You can also go for some beer while watching the sun go down.
Hiking around the area during Spring may also lead you to see colorful butterflies. But if you are hungry after all of the explorations, you can head over to the Bay View Garden Center in Bolton-le-Sands. You can try out this cafe’s offerings from breakfast to afternoon tea.
Other Beaches In The Area
Morecambe Bay consists of a total area of 120 square miles, with quite a number of beaches around. From The Morecambe North and South Beaches, you can enjoy the coastline and the occasional beach. However, due to dangerous conditions, these beaches are not recommended for water sports activities.