Arnside is one of the largest villages in Cumbria (formerly Westmorland), situated on the border with Lancashire, and facing the estuary of the River Kent, just before it flows into Morecambe Bay.
Whilst attracting many tourists and holiday makers, it is also a popular retirement area, having a thriving, and very active, community life. It is located within one of Britain’s smallest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Arnside/Silverdale AONB. The Arnside section of the AONB is dominated by Arnside Knott, a limestone hill of some 520ft height, owned by the National Trust. From the top of the Knott there are some excellent panoramic views, rotating from Morecambe Bay, the Lake District hills, the Western Pennines, the Lune Valley, and back to Lancaster/Morecambe.
The community of some 2,300 residents is well-served with small friendly shops, and enjoys excellent services, provided by the doctor’s surgery and health centre, dentist, village school, library, a village hall and an Educational Institute, three churches, a wide range of clubs and societies, several small businesses, and, of course, the Parish Council. It also enjoys the benefit of an excellent rail service connecting southwards with Lancaster, Preston, Manchester, Liverpool, and the main West Coast Line (London to Glasgow, etc.). To the north, the railway crosses the Kent Estuary on a scenic viaduct, and then connects with Grange-over-Sands, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness and other West-Cumbrian towns, before reaching Carlisle. Arnside enjoys wide recognition as being the starting point for most “Cross-Bay Walks”, when Cedric Robinson, the “Queen’s Guide to the Sands”, leads hundreds of people across the treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay, to Kents Bank.