Things to do nearby Beckside
Discover this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with coastal walks, woodland strolls and hilltop picnics. A trip to Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve is a must for wildlife lovers and an amble up Arnside Knott offers exceptional views of the estuary. Travel by train across the water to walk the prom of the Victorian seaside resort of Grange-over-Sands and or journey further to the pretty village of Cartmel, a foodie paradise.
Holme is a small village in south Cumbria situated on the Lancaster Canal. Close to the border with Lancaster, Holme combines the charm of both counties to create a unique setting. It is ideally located for exploring the coastal peninsulas, the Howgills and the Yorkshire Dales.
Holme is on the edge of a quiet coastal peninsula that includes Arnside and Silverdale, both part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This quiet peninsula is a nature lover’s dream encompassing a diverse landscape of coast, woodlands and hills that attracts a wide array of birds and wildlife. Leighton Moss is an RSPB reserve and the largest reedbed in the north west. It attracts some really special birds including breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. Trails and hides allow you to go right to the heart of the reserve whilst a nature trail leads to two coastal lagoons.
Across the canal from Holme is the familiar sight of Farleton Fell, a landmark hill to motorists travelling along the M6. Farleton Fell is the northern extension of Newbiggin Crags. Together with Hutton Roof and Dalton Crags, it is one of the most stunning examples of limestone habitat in Britain. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and supports many rare alpine flowers and a large butterfly population. The huge crags are actually an immense block of limestone pavement and part of a splendid walk, noted in Wainwrights’ Guide to the Outerlying Fells as one of the best in the area.
There is a nice pub in the village (the Smithy Inn), a general store and a post office. The railway passes nearby and it is worth travelling six miles south to Carnforth to hop on a route that follows the coastline all the way to Maryport before heading inland towards Carlisle. There are some lovely seaside towns and villages along the way and you can buy a ticket that allows you to get on and off as many times as you want. The railway also allows you to connect with several cycle routes including 6 (Bury to Keswick), 72 (Hadrian’s Cycleway) and 71 (Coast to Coast).
Holme is also within a short drive of Leighton Hall where there is a falconry centre, beautiful grounds and gardens, and tours of the house. Also close by is Levens Hall, a stunning Elizabethan house with impressive, well preserved interiors, lovely topiary gardens, and a recreated 17th century garden.
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is an all-weather attraction at nearby Milnthorpe. It has a butterfly hall, aquarium and parkland with natural woodland. You can see wildlife including beautiful snow leopards, bearded dragons and lemurs.
You can drive to Lake Windermere within half an hour. England’s longest lake is a very popular destination with a lot to do. The stunning scenery will tempt you to get on your walking boots and there are plenty of routes to take either up on the fells or along the lakeshore. Alternatively, you can hop on a Windermere Lake Cruiser and sail across the lake: cruises last from between 45 minutes and three hours. There are various stops on the way: the Lakeland Motor Museum has vehicles ranging from classic cars to vintage motorbikes and caravans to nostalgia-inducing pedal cars; the Lakes Museum has all sorts of creatures including a variety of interesting fish, ducks, and even marmosets; Wray Castle is a Victorian folly with extensive grounds and wonderful lake views; the Lakeside & Haverthwaite steam Railway passes along rivers and the shores of Windermere.
Ingleton and the three peaks of Yorkshire are just 25 minutes away. On the way you pass Kirkby Lonsdale, a delightful market town full of cobbled streets and quirky buildings. The town has popular independent shops and a beautiful churchyard. St Mary's Church is a Norman structure with fine carved columns. John Ruskin took in the view of the River Lune from the churchyard and decreed it to be "One of the loveliest views in England”.
To the north of Holme is Kendal, an ancient town built of distinctive grey stone. Kendal has a castle, an art centre and two shopping centres. The art centre is in a former brewery and hosts comedy, music, cinema and theatre. Just outside Kendal are the gardens and stately home of Sizergh Castle. Owned by the National Trust, this is a very pleasant day out. Sedbergh is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, despite geographically being within Cumbria. Sedbergh is a recognised ‘book town’ with many interesting bookshops selling new and second hand books. It is within a 25 minute drive of Holme and lies at the foot of the Howgills, some of the quietest hills in Cumbria.
Starting out in the 15th century as a small fishing community, Grange-over-Sands later became known as a "beautiful sea-bathing village." Its glory days were in the Victorian era, when it became a lively seaside resort and a promenade as added in Edwardian era. Today, the promenade is still an elegant place to wander and enjoy the sea breeze. The seafront also boasts tennis courts, a bowling green, crazy golf, a children’s park, and a tearoom. Its a charming little town retaining much of its heritage with the advantages of a seaside resort.