Silverdale: Gateway to the Lake District


Recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2017, the Lake District is an incredible destination that is gaining in popularity. Currently welcoming over 15 million visitors each year, it makes you wonder if the Lake District is the best choice when seeking a relaxing break? Read more to discover how Silverdale is the perfect location if you are looking to explore the English countryside, including the Lake District, whilst also returning from your break away feeling relaxed and refreshed.

The Lake District (60 minutes from Silverdale)

The Lake District is England’s largest National Park, home to some truly stunning wildlife, extraordinary mountains, beautiful lakes and quaint towns and villages; all contained within an area that covers 2,362 square kilometres. There is so much to see and do in the Lakes, meaning you definitely won’t run out of steam if you visit more than once throughout your break away! Find out more about Silverdale and the surrounding areas, located roughly 15 miles from the Lake District, this could be the perfect place for you to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life!


Located just off the Lancashire/Cumbria border, providing many coastal and country walks, Silverdale makes the perfect base for those wanting to be close to the Lake District, whilst eliminating the hassle and cost of staying there. Silverdale is just a stone’s throw away from the Lakes, meaning at has many of the same landscape features: rolling country hills, rich country fields as well as the added bonus of the north-western shore line wrapping around the village. Silverdale is one of the smallest National Landscapes and has a rich mixture of contrasting countryside, from salt marsh and mixed broadleaf woodlands to limestone cliffs and lush grasslands. Famous for its amazing wildlife and stunning scenery, Silverdale is ideal for quiet walks, where you can enjoy nature at its best.

RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve (5 minutes from Silverdale)

Nearby Silverdale village is Leighton Moss nature reserve, made up of many diverse habitats including reeds, woodland and limestone grassland. It is proudly home to the largest reed bed in the North West and provides plentiful opportunities to discover the wildlife that lives here.

Leighton Moss has facilities such as: a Visitor Centre, Shop, Cafe, Toilets and is also pushchair friendly; meaning all the family can enjoy a day out in the countryside.

Arnside Knott (3 minutes from Silverdale)

Providing exceptional views, Arnside Knott is attracts many birds and wildlife. With a summit of 159 metres, the views from Arnside Knott are breath-taking. Woodland encloses many of the slopes which were previously grazing land and the National Trust now takes care of the land, maintaining the patchwork of habitats. The hill is the perfect spot for a stroll, and also sits right next to Silverdale, just a ten-minute drive away, meaning you can round off a day of exploring with some food and drink from local businesses.

Carnforth (15 minutes from Silverdale)

Just a fifteen-minute drive from Silverdale, Carnforth is a town full of history. Home to the railway station where the most iconic scenes from Sir Davis Lean’s 1945 classic, Brief Encounter, were filmed. Here you can take your picture under the famous clock which featured so prominently in the film and enjoy a taste of days gone by in the faithfully replicated Refreshment Room. Also celebrating the towns historic roots, is the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre.

Carnforth has plenty of small businesses such as Carnforth Bookshop, which stocks more than 100,000 second-hand books. You can also explore the great outdoors even more, with a visit to Warton Crag, which overlooks Carnforth and is ideal for hiking, climbing and abseiling.

Facilities at Holgates Silverdale

When you enjoy a stay in one of our cottages, you can expect nothing but the best from your well-deserved holiday. Whether you’re out and about enjoying the wonderous things to see and do around Silverdale, or if you choose to stay and enjoy some time in your chosen cottage, you can rest assured that everybody will be enjoying their holiday, as their is so much to see and do during your time here.

All of our cottage breaks include use of the 5* facilities at our Silverdale holiday park – enjoy a swim in the pool or relax in the sauna, head to our fully fitted gym or go down to the bowling alley for a game with the whole family, additional charges apply for use of the bowling facilities. There’s no need to worry about the kids, either. Children are safe to roam with amenities on-site such as our games room, soft play area and two outdoor adventure playgrounds.

With so much to see and do, in and out of the Lake District, Silverdale really is the perfect location for any type of holiday! Our cottages are available for weekend breaks, mini-breaks and for whole weeks if you prefer.

Learn more about our self-catering holiday cottages in Silverdale and surrounding area, providing to a range of needs including pet-friendly accommodation, free wifi and free off-road parking.

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