Silverdale

An 'Exmoor Ponies in Conservation' project

An Introduction to the Myers Allotment conservation project


Silverdale

This is one of the most secluded and beautiful areas in Lancashire, consisting of sparsely-wooded limestone hills. Despite the compact size of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers the most delightful coastal scenery and superb quality woodland walks, as good as any in the North of England. Almost all the land to the West of the A6 between Milnthorpe and Warton is included.

The old copper smelting works chimney at Jenny Brown's Point

Two limestone crags which are characteristic and significant features of the area are Arnside Knott (159 metres-521 ft) and Warton Crag (163 metres-534 ft). The latter was once the site of a prehistoric hill fort and for those who clamber up its steep sides it provides probably the best viewpoint in Lancashire. Nearly 50% of this area is woodland and scrub, the trees being mainly broad-leaved, plus large tracts of saltmarsh, inland fens and meres, heath and limestone pavement. A moderate local climate ensures diverse flora and fauna thrive on the lime-rich land. Deer, badgers, otters and many other mammals inhabit the area, probably due to limited farming activity because of thin soil and the rough landscape.