Things to do nearby Rowan Bank
Tucked away from the main hustle and bustle but with the Lake District within easy reach and the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on your doorstep, the charming village of Arnside is a lovely choice for a relaxing holiday. Head up local fell Arnside Knott, a haven for local wildlife, or visit some of the popular nature reserves just a short drive away. Why not spend a day by the sea and explore the beautiful coastline nearby? The Lakeland Fells can be seen in the distance across the estuary, meaning a trip to the picturesque South Lakes is a must.
Sitting right on the estuary of the River Kent, Arnside is a small village in the Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With a thriving local community, views of the Lake District fells, and an outlook over Morecambe Bay, it’s an idyllic place where you can really let go of all your cares!
Arnside is particularly well known for an unusual phenomenon called the Arnside Bore. This tidal wave occurs when the incoming tide meets the resistance from the sands and channels of the bay. It’s best seen from the area around the pier around two hours before high tide.
The seaside village saw a boost in popularity whit the introduction of the railway, and many a well-to-do Victorian tourist would visit the area to promenade along the long sandy beaches. That’s not the only history of the area, either: Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is a 17th century pub that retains the old cock pit under the floor, while Arnside tower is one of numerous 15th century Pele towers built around the bay and the only one now open to the public.
For a small village, Arnside offers plenty of opportunities for eating out, many with charming and quirky names. The BOB-In Café has simple but tasty meals, the Posh Sardine is a vintage tearoom, and the Moochin' About Jazz Café & Espresso Bar sells fresh pastries alongside vinyls and CDs! As can be expected from its position on the seaside, there’s also a fabulous fish ‘n’ chip shop!
For walking and cycling, you have plenty of options. A stroll along the promenade makes the perfect evening activity, or explore further along the coast and beaches with a walk at Sandside or towards Silverdale village. Guided walks can also be taken across Morecambe Bay but only with an experienced Queen’s Guide, who knows the safe routes.
Arnside, together with the nearby village of Silverdale, hosts an annual Arts and Crafts Trail in September. This volunteer-run community event celebrates the many artists in the area, whose work ranges from oil painting to stonemasonry. Adding to the charm is the fact that many of the exhibitions and workshops take place in the homes of the contributors!
The Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers hours of peaceful wanderings and enjoyment. Its status comes from the abundance of flowers, butterflies and birds that make their homes here, and you can enjoy all the flora and fauna in one (or more!) of the many nature reserves in the area. Arnside Knott offers an easy hill walk, while RSPB Leighton Moss is an excellent spot for bird watching. If you’re very luck, you may even see some Roe deer!
On the Leighton Hall Estate you’ll find everything from beautiful furnishings in the stately home – which is the historic seat of famous furniture makers the Gillows – to an adventure playground. As the family lives here all year round, it’s a really welcoming home that holds no restricted roped-off areas. Outside there’s even more to discover with long stretches of lawns, pretty seating overlooking rolling countryside, a bee corner, and a woodland walk. It’s a fairytale adventure for both the young and the young at heart!
Milnthorpe is a nearby ancient village that has a square surrounded by pretty cottages, as well as a beautiful 19th century church. After Kendal, it was once the most important community in the South Lakes area. Nowadays, it has a popular market every Friday and magic still hangs in the air: it’s said that, if you climb the Fairy Steps without touching the sides of the limestone gully, the sprites will grant you a wish!
If you’re up for a round or two of golf, then you’re hardly better placed for Silverdale Golf Club, which is open all year round. In the AONB, it’s surrounded by stunning scenery and looks out over Morecambe Bay and towards the Howgills. The excellent quality of the greens and the changing character of each hole ensure visitors to Silverdale experience an interesting and enjoyable round, suitable for all ages and abilities. After completing the course, why not pop into the CAMRA Award-winning clubhouse for refreshments, including their popular fish ‘n’ chips!
Fancy a day out without the car? Then hop on the train and head over the estuary to Grange-over-Sands. This seaside town was once a very fashionable place for wealthy Victorians to perambulate, and much of their influence is still evident today. A gentle walk along the promenade, looking out over the water, is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. There are also delightful ornamental gardens and attractive shopping arcades.
Levens Hall is just a 15-minute drive away and home to the world’s oldest topiary! That’s not all this amazing stately home has on offer either. At Levens Deer Park you’ll find both deer and fabulous fishing along the River Kent. Or enjoy your time wandering the grand home and the peaceful gardens before enjoying a tasty meal from the family-friendly kitchen. They offer everything from afternoon teas to takeaway picnic lunches!
Kendal is a gateway to the Lake District and is worth a stop off in its own right. Full of eateries and independent shops, it’s a picturesque town set on the river. Enjoy many a sweet treat at the home of the famous Kendal Mint Cake, or explore its history at the castle ruins that sit high above the town.
Onwards through Kendal you will merge yourself in the stunning scenery of the South Lakes. While Windermere is the destination at the forefront of many minds, it’s well worth your time to explore some of the lesser-known areas around here. The Lyth Valley, home to many of the famous Cumbrian damson trees, is a gloriously peaceful escape with amazing walking. Or take a detour to Staveley, which is home to the Hawkshead Brewery, the UK’s largest cycle store, and popular Wilf’s Walker’s Café.
Bowness-on-Winderemere sits right on the lake and opens up many waterside and on-water activities. How about booking a cruise around the lake? You can sit back and relax for a full loop, or hop on and off at the numerous attractions around the water. Alternatively, hire your own rowing boat, launch a kayak, or get in touch with one of the outdoor activity providers to take you on a hair-raising adventure!