We’ve been going to Silverdale for a few years now. We found it by chance looking for a place to camp in the Lake District, and although it’s not in the Lakes as such, it’s a beautiful part of the world. After the seeming endlessness of lockdown, we needed a change of scenery so we booked a short break to Silverdale. Our usual place to stay is Holgates camp site and we usually take the big tent and camp on their Hollins Farm site. This time we decided to go for a camping pod – purely because we couldn’t be arsed with taking the tent.
Our pod was on the Holgates main site. I’d recommend Holgates to anyone looking to camp or take a caravan holiday. The site is really clean, well maintained and has a great range of facilities.
During our previous trips to Silverdale we didn’t really explore the local area, tending instead to use it as a base to head into the Lakes on day trips. This time however, we were determined to stay more local. This is Arnside Tower, and our camp site was literally the other side of those trees.
When we arrived in Silverdale it was too early for us to check in to our pod so we parked up and went for a walk. It was a scorching hot day so we took a walk round Arnside. We had lunch at the Albion pub, which was lovely, then a wander along the beach.
After a bit more of a mooch around we randomly decided to climb Arnside Knott, which is a big old hill. Climbing this in such heat was no easy feat, but we managed it and the views from the top are stunning. After a short rest we carried on back down to where we’d parked the car, only to discover that Mr R had packed all the meat for the BBQ we’d planned for that evening in the car. Just in a bag. FML. When we got to the camp site our first job was binning all the meat that had gone off after being left in the car all day. Luckily Holgates have a takeaway service!
The day after, we went for another walk around the area and found the curious Silverdale Pepperpot. This little tower stands on a hilltop that again has stunning views of the surrounding area. We also went to Silverdale beach for the first time. As it’s a tidal estuary, the “beach” is basically a riverbed and as such is really silty. There are parts which are nice to walk on but parts which are muddy as anything. It’s beautiful, but muddy. We then spent another lovely evening at the camp site before heading home the next morning via Keswick (I’ll do another blog post about this soon).
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