Introduction to the area
Arnside is a Victorian seaside resort in a stunning location. It is situated on the boundary of the Lake District National Park and is in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The mountains of the Lake District form a dramatic backdrop to the contrasting local countryside of woodland, coast and limestone landscape. Within easy reach of the village are the southern parts of the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales, Lancaster and Morecambe.
The village is well served with most amenities. There is a recreation ground with a children’s play area about 600 yards away. Lancaster, 15 miles away, is a historic city. It has a university and an active arts community, supporting in particular the Dukes Playhouse and a live music scene. Morecambe offers bowling, megazone and a multi-screen cinema. Kendal, 12 miles away, is the nearest town. Apart from its value as a shopping centre with usual services, there is also a leisure centre with swimming pool, the Brewery Arts Centre and a cinema.
The major attraction of the area is its natural history. Leighton Moss, a major RSPB reserve (famed for its booming bitterns), is only 3 miles distance and offers a wide insight into the local habitats with an education centre and resources. Various local trails reveal other aspects of this unique area: its geology, geography and biology. Fascinating local and national history can be traced via historical monuments and museums, as well as through the many stately and country houses that are open to the public.
How to get to Arnside
From the South leave the M6 at junction 35. Follow the A6 to Milnthorpe and turn left at the traffic lights to Arnside. Turn right at the T Junction, continue past the shops, then turn left at The Albion pub. Redhills Road is a turning on the right at the top of the hill.
From the North leave the M6 at Junction 36, turn left and left again at the next roundabout onto the A65 towards Crooklands and Kendal. After half a mile turn left onto B6385 for Milnthorpe. Drive straight ahead at the traffic lights to Arnside. Turn right at the T Junction, continue past the shops, then turn left at The Albion pub. Redhills Road is a turning on the right at the top of the hill.
There is a direct service to Arnside from Manchester Airport, Preston, Lancaster, Barrow and the Cumbria coast. Leeds can be reached via Carnforth and all other services via Preston or Lancaster. London is just over 2.5 hours by train. The hostel is a 15 minute walk from the station. It may be possible for a member of our staff to collect luggage, but please arrange this in advance.
National Rail Enquiries: 03457484950
National Express operates coaches from Lancaster and Kendal. The local 552 service operates Mondays to Saturdays between Kendal, Milnthorpe and Arnside.
Kirkby Lonsdale Coaches: 01524 733831
F W Stainton, Burton Road, Kendal: 01539 720156
Travellers Choice, Carnforth: 01524 720033
Kent Estuary Travel, Milnthorpe: 015395 62917 (can provide mini bus with driver)
Self Drive Mini-bus
Marshall’s, Lancaster: 01524 67298
Westmorland Vehicle Hire: 01539 728532
Local Taxi: 01524 761938
Kent Estuary Travel: 015395 62917