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Mark and Ingrid's caravan at Hollins Farm.
Mark and Ingrid's caravan at Hollins Farm.
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Silverdale and Arnside are perfect places to appreciate the splendour of the natural world. I never tire of visiting them and have found that one of the best ways to fully appreciate their beauty is to go camping there.

Eager to go walking through this exquisite landscape, I persuaded my husband Mark (aka Sparky) to stay for a couple of nights at Hollins Farm campsite at Silverdale.

The site is part of the Holgates empire and is supremely peaceful.

However, it seemed as if we were still experiencing the tail end of Hurricane Bertha because high winds tore at the tents and caravans.

On Saturday night our little Rapido pop top caravan was tossed about like a boat on stormy seas.

Amazingly, all of the tents and awnings survived the winds.

Somehow the stormy weather made Silverdale seem all the more romantic. This unique place is famous for its woodlands and we were surrounded by them. Our caravan was sheltered by hawthorn, rowan, beech, hazel and elder.

Children appeared to love the site as there was so much green space and an abundance of animals including goats, sheep, horses, cows and hens.

On Saturday we set off on what turned out to be an epic walk. We didn’t have a map and relied on directions from a man at the pub.

We had planned to walk along the coast path from the site to Arnside, but ended up getting a bit lost and coming across a stunning woodland area called Heathwaite with magnificent view across Morecambe Bay.

Eventually we wound up on top of Arnside Knot where we enjoyed yet more breathtaking views. When we reached the shore the coastguard was sounding the bore tide siren and powerful currents were running along the Kent Estuary.

The Fantastic Albion pub was our next port of call. It was bliss to sit in the cosy bar after our wind-beaten trek.

Our journey back to the campsite was rather more hairy. The wind had picked up and we had to climb over rocks to avoid the treacherous waters. However, it was an invigorating day out and one we can highly recommend.