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.
The Geological Story
The highly varied landscape of the Arnside & Silverdale AONB owes its origin to nearly half a billion years of geological history and evolution. It is an intricate, close-knit landscape that has been shaped, primarily, by its geology and by the range of natural processes which have acted upon it over unimaginable periods of time.
Understanding how the various rocks within the area were formed and how they have since been sculpted by ice, wind, rain and rivers, provides a fascinating insight into the nature of the area and the reasons behind its remarkable variety.
The underlying geology, topography and diversity are reflected in the wide range of special habitats which have developed in this area over the last 10,000 years or more, and which now contribute further to its natural heritage. In more recent times, generations of farming, tourism, built development and other land uses have also left their mark on the landscape, but in many cases, even these reflect the underlying geology and landforms of the area.
Download The Geological Story of Arnside & Silverdale AONB (a 6MB file) to find out more.