6 reasons to visit Silverdale
PUBLISHED: 18:26 21 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:31 12 May 2016
A place where lovers of art, nature and literature can all find something to interest them
Take a walk along The Lots overlooking Morecambe Bay; check out the remains of the Victorian lime kilns or wander in the National Trust’s Eaves Woods with its beeches and junipers growing out of the limestone pavement.
Head down to Gibraltar Farm and glimpse the top of Lindeth Tower (it’s in a private garden) where the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell took holidays and wrote some of her best-selling novels.
Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. With its reedbeds, hides, and events it’s a great place to spot bitterns and marsh harriers during the summer months.
Silverdale and Arnside Art Trail usually takes place during the last weekend in June. Artwork is exhibited in a range of locations, from artists’ homes and studios to schools and the Silverdale Institute.
Visit Wolf House Gallery which for the past 18 months has been run by ceramic artist Wyn Abbot and her husband Colin Carruthers. The gallery which sells Wyn’s pieces and other artists’ work and a range of gifts is open seven days a week and there’s also a café opposite with seating area.
Leighton Hall, the ancestral home of the Gillow furniture family, opens its house and gardens from May until September, although pre-booked groups can visit all year round. View the the Millennium Angel by Morecambe artist, Anthony Padgett or take in a bird of prey demonstration.