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Silverdale wildlife walk

uk/uk_wildlife/whitethroat_wx Morecambe Bay coast, super for butterflies and industrial archaeology - Get up early for the songbird chorus!

Coastal cliffs are a rarity around Morecambe Bay, so Heald Brow and Jack Scout are especially interesting and attractive. Scrub provides good sites for breeding song birds such as whitethroat, linnet and garden warbler. The limestone grassland is notable for many flowers which support numerous species of butterflies in the summer.

Wildlife highlights: Butterflies, green woodpeckers, whitethroat, linnet and garden warbler.

Walk details: Allow about 2 hours for this 1 ¾ mile (3 km) circular walk. Easy walking conditions with some ascents and one steep descent, and a total height gain of approximately 75 metres across the walk. It is advisable to wear walking boots. POint 3 is on the high tide mark: Beware of incoming tides and quicksands. Cliffs are dangerous - children should be supervised. Dogs under control are welcome

Location and access:

  • By foot: The Lancashire Coastal Way passes through Arnside and Silverdale, along with many other footpaths 
  • By bike: Near to Lancashire Cycleway on Regional Route 90.  On-road cycling to and from the property sites on quiet country lanes. For more information visit www.sustrans.org.uk
  • By bus: Silverdale Circular 33 runs from Silverdale rail station to Silverdale Village and Holgates Caravan Site, Monday-Saturday. Also bus 550, Kendal to Silverdale 
  • By train: Silverdale station 0.5 miles; Arnside station 0.5 miles 
  • By road: Junction 35 M6, then A6 north, then west to Silverdale at Yealand Redmayne Car park (not National Trust) at grid ref: SD465744. Toilets, shops and pubs available in nearby Silverdale.
More details on the National Trust website


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