General activities

Walking

Great all weather, all season walking with a variety of routes available to suit all abilities and interests. Amazing views everywhere, situated within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. so you don’t need to walk too far to have your breath taken away by the scenery.

 

Cycling

Cycle to ‘The Moon’ – a large area of limestone pavement with fantastic views. The ascent is a winding, challenging climb up the hillside… with the thrill of knowing you get to rush back down!

 

Climbing

Quarry faced climbing is available at Trowbarrow Quarry in Silverdale. The strata are tilted vertically, meaning that the climb is up the bedding plain making a challenging climb.

 


Visitor Attractions

RSPB Leighton Moss (3 miles)

Leighton Moss is the largest remaining reed-bed in northwest England and attracts a wonderful range of wildlife including bearded tits, marsh harriers and the elusive bittern.  An excellent education centre with experienced staff.  Open daily (except 25th December) 9am – to dusk.  This is a Lancashire CC Approved Centre for Outdoor Activities – extra risk assessments not required.

Website:  www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss

Phone: 01524 701601

 

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Hale (4 miles)

Half Zoo, half Museum and totally fascinating, the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a unique look and learn centre which blends interactive “hands-on” exhibits and exotic wildlife.  There is a collection of animals ranging from starfish to snakes; from molluscs to monkeys and includes creatures rarely seen in captivity such as flying foxes, chameleons and poison arrow frogs.  The friendly staff are always on hand to answer your questions and let you meet some of the inhabitants face to face.  Interactive displays include projection microscopes and fossil rubbing.

Website: www.wildlifeoasis.co.uk

Phone: 015395 63027

 

Heron Corn Mill, Beetham (4 miles)

Restored Corn Mill with a museum of paper-making attached.  This is within walking distance following the old coffin route to Beetham.  Also now home to a hydro turbine as well as a waterwheel.

Website: www.heronmill.org

Phone: 015395 65027

 

Leighton Hall and Gardens (5 miles)

This beautiful family home offers a special blend of attractions : lively tours, peaceful gardens and woodland walks.  Home to the Gillow Reynolds, descendants of the famous furniture a maker, Leighton Hall has many unusual Gillow pieces as well as fine objects d’art and paintings. Free-flying birds of prey are a special attraction in the summer and by arrangement for groups.

Website: www.leightonhall.co.uk

Phone: 01524 734474

 

Levens Hall and Garden (6 miles)

Levens Hall is a Magnificent Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th Century Pele tower.  The family home of the Bagots, it contains a collection of Jacobean furniture, fine paintings, the earliest English patchwork and many other interesting historical objects.  The world famous gardens were laid out in 1694 and feature topiary, beech hedges and colourful seasonal bedding that combine to create a stunning visual impact.

Website: www.levenshall.co.uk

Phone: 015395 60321

 

Sizergh Castle & Gardens (7 miles)

Since the Middle Ages the castle has been home to the Strickland family.  The impressive 14th Century Pele tower was greatly enlarged in Tudor times and contains some of the finest Elizabethan wood-carving in the Country.  The surrounding informal landscaped gardens include a rich variety of plants.  There are pleasant walks across the estate farmland with views to the sea and the lakeland mountains.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-sizerghcastlegarden

Phone: 015395 60070

 

Kendal and other Lakes museums (from 12 miles)

A great variety of Museum Services including outreach where the museum service comes to you here, are now available from the Lakeland Museums’ Education Network.

Website: www.kendalmuseum.org.uk

 

Holker Hall (16 miles)

Located in the countryside of the South Lakes and accessible by train from Arnside, Holker Hall offers a fabulous range of experiences.  There’s 400 years of fascinating history in the hall, a 125 acre Deer Park, and the magnificent gardens.

Website: www.holker-hall.co.uk

Phone: 015395 58328

 

Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow (18 miles)

Motoring memories abound when you visit the Lakeland Motor Museum with their unique collections.  Exhibits include the Campbell legend Bluebird exhibition, classic & curious cars, vintage vehicles and micro cars.

Website: www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk

Phone: 015395 30400

 

Aquarium of the Lakes (15 miles)

At the south end of Lake Windermere is located the Aquarium of the Lakes.  Definitely worth a visit.  Also from here you can take a steam train on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and take a boat up the Lake to Bowness and Ambleside.  (Combined tickets are available)

Website: www.lakesaquarium.co.uk

Phone: 015395 30153

 

Rheged (40 miles)

This centre hosts the National Mountaineering Expedition and shows large format exhilarating films like “Everest”, both of which are very much worth a visit particularly for any school group “doing” mountains

Website: www.rheged.com

Phone: 015395 30153

 


Guides and Tutors

Cedric Robinson, the Queen’s Guide to the Sands leads walks out into the Bay or and/or talk at the hostel.

Phone: 015395 32165

 

The AONB Landscape Trust on 01524 761034 can provide guides for shore walks and other areas of particular interest or help in habitat studies.

Website: www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk/AONB/Support/AONB-Landscape-Trust.html

 

The RSPB reserve offices at Leighton Moss (3 miles) offer an education service.  They can provide tutors to cover a subject range wider than you would expect and at all levels, but especially KS2.  You can visit them at Leighton Moss or arrange for them to come to you.

Phone: 01524 703015

Email: LeightonMoss-Education@rspb.org.uk

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