Days = 4

02 Jul 2021 - 05 Jul 2021

Arnside - Arnside Price = £695

Deposit = £50

Single Supplement = £130*

* does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.


Day 1

Arrive Silverdale

Day 2

Arnside Knott

Day 3

Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve

Day 4

Morning on the Bay. Departure after lunch


Northwestern England in July

Lying just south of the Lake District and nestled against the shore of Morecombe Bay is a hidden gem of English nature, Arnside. Within just a few miles of each other are one of Britain’s finest limestone pavements, a fabulous reedbed and the shores of the Bay itself. Arnside Knott’s limestone grasslands are covered in a rich flora with plentiful orchids, as well as Wood Sage, Heath Speedwell, Hairy Violet and Pale St John's-wort. Arnside Knott is renowned for its butterflies and in particular mid-summer sees many High Brown Fritillaries on the wing. There are also Dark Green Fritillary in numbers, and Northern Brown Argus too. The view from the Knott over the estuary to the scenic Lake District are one of the finest in Northwest England.

Otters have made a comeback nationwide but seeing them isn’t easy still. Leighton Moss is probably one of the best spots in England to watch these sublimely elegant animals. The reserve protects extensive reed-fringed wetlands home to nationally important populations of Bearded Tits, Marsh Harriers and Bitterns. The reserve’s woodlands are good for Bullfinches, Marsh Tits and woodpeckers. Also protected is a significant swathe of coastal marsh and tidal flats where Avocets, Oystercatchers and Curlew can be seen.

In the clear depths of Hawes Water we can glimpse fish such as Rudd and the Ten-spined Stickleback whilst on the surface are Great Crested and Little Grebes. Green Tiger Beetles make their home by the lakeside and we might just see the uncommon Medicinal Leech in the lake’s shallows. Lakeside we can see Fragrant Orchid, Butterwort and Grass of Parnassus.

Gait Barrow’s superb limestone pavement has the beautiful Dark Red Helleborine as well as Angular Solomon’s Seal. The grykes provide a perfect home for ferns such as wall Wall Rue, Maidenhair Spleenwort and the rare Ridged Buckler Fern. We’ll also see flowering Ploughman’s Spikenard, Tutsan, Lily of the Valley, Herb Robert and Bloody Cranesbill. There’s a good population of High Brown Fritillaries here and we’ll likely also see Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Speckled Wood and Ringlet. This wonderful reserve also has woodland thronging with interesting plants such as Herb Paris, Agrimony, St John's Wort, Spring Sandwort, Creeping Cinquefoil, Rock-Rose, Betony, Golden Rod, Enchanters Nightshade, Dewberry, Spindle and both Harts-Tongue Fern and Hard Shield Fern. Ancient ash trees grow only a few millimetres a year here and, despite their size may be many hundreds of years old.



Butterflies, Flowers and Birds. Also landscapes.


Kurt Vickery,


Very easy. No more than two or three couple of miles in any one day, and always at a relaxed pace, ideally suited to photographers.

Included in the Price

All transport, breakfasts and dinners during the tour. Services of your leaders. Please note: Pub lunches, drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature such as travel insurance, are not included.

Group Size

The maximum group size is 10.


All three nights of the tour we’ll be at the Silverdale Hotel in the village of the same name. Just a ten minute walk from scenic Jenny Brown’s Point and handily situated for all the sites on this tour, the Silverdale has fine comfortable rooms, great breakfasts and the pub restaurant serves very tasty dinners. Run by the Binks family since 2016 you’ll find this hotel to be the very meaning of ‘family-run’ hotel with various members of the family running different aspects of the operation, most importantly, there’s Alan looking after the many and varied beers and wines in the bar. All rooms on this tour have en suite facilities.


This part of Northwest England is renowned as having better weather than most of Lancashire and Cumbria, however its all relative and you can expect it to be changeable! That said, July is usually warm and sunny…

How to Book

Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower, butterfly and bird checklists are available.

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