This extraordinary place is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. From the simple beauty of the Lady's-slipper Orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is simply awe-inspiring - full of natural spectacles and a surprise around every corner.
An Outstanding Landscape
The landscape of the AONB is a highly diverse mosaic of low limestone hills, woodlands, wetlands and mosses, pastures, limestone pavements, coastal cliffs and intertidal flats. Thousands of years of interaction between human activity and nature have shaped its character creating a living ‘patchwork’ of contrasting habitats criss-crossed by limestone field boundaries and hedgerows and interspersed with distinctive buildings and settlements.
Spectacular views over Morecambe Bay and towards the Lake District to the west and north, and towards the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland to the east and south, give the area an impressive setting.
The small-scale yet complex nature of the landforms gives an intimate feeling within valleys and woodlands which contrasts with the open nature and expansive views from the higher ground and along the coast.