Tucked away at the top of Morecambe Bay is the pretty coastal village of Arnside. If it’s a bit of peace and quiet you seek, some fresh air and exercise, with perhaps a restorative meal and a pint afterwards, then this is the sort of place you should head to.
The main street faces the Bay, with a stubby pier jutting out into the water. At low tide you can make out the many channels that cut their way through the mud and sand, giving the incoming tide a devious, feline like manner as it sweeps in and around, like a cat stalking and unwary mouse.
The railway strides confidently across where the River Leven spills into the Bay. Carried on a long, low viaduct connecting with Barrow in Furness then onward up the Cumbrian Coast eventually to Carlisle. As rail journeys go it’s one of the more fascinating ones. Just remember to take some sandwiches with you.
It was this viaduct which lead to the building of the pier, compensation of sorts for the loss of access by shipping to the upper reaches of Morecambe Bay. The pier has lead an eventful life, suffering storms and collapses but for now it’s a place for a couple of hours relaxation with a newspaper or book and perhaps a bit of fishing.
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