The village of Arnside lies on the River Kent estuary, in the corner of Morecambe Bay. A former fishing port, its pier and harbour provide wonderful views of the Cumbria coast and the craggy, limestone hills of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The countryside surrounding Arnside holiday cottages is breathtaking, with hills blanketed by woodlands, and secluded salt marshes where curlews and rare wading birds can be spotted. The area is known for its rare butterflies and is one of the last strongholds of the red squirrel, which feeds on the cones of Scots Pines. Arnside is a surprisingly overlooked area of Cumbria, passed by many visitors on their way to the Lake District, and seclusion is easy to find. During the summer months, you can take a guided walk across the sands at low tide to enjoy the village’s unique light at its best. The tide rises so fast that it creates a tidal wave known as the Bore, which is said to move as fast as a galloping horse.
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Take a wander along the promenade from your holiday cottage in Arnside and you will notice rows of independent shops and a variety of excellent places to eat and drink. Enjoy a pint of local ale and a bite to eat on the terrace at the Albion, while taking in the view across the water towards Grange-over-Sands and the Lakeland peaks. Stop for a coffee or lunch at the Heron, or book at table at Gado Gado Bar and Grill. The village is home to a number of unique landmarks, including a 14th century Peel Tower and the Victorian Church of St James. Self-catering holidays in Arnside would be incomplete without climbing to the summit of Arnside Knot, which overlooks the village and provides breathtaking views across the bay.