Arnside Beach

Arnside Beach - Cumbria
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The small, sleepy village of Arnside is in an idyllic setting on the river Kent estuary, in an area which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The village and beach offer exceptional views over Morecambe Bay, with the hills and mountains of the Lake District in the background, and a picturesque viaduct crossing over the water.

Visitors come from miles around to watch sunsets over the bay, which can sometimes be quite spectacular.

The sandy part of the beach is not suitable for swimming, or for children to play on, as there are dangerous quicksands in the area.  The beach is tidal and the tide moves in surprisingly quickly.
The best way to enjoy the beach is to stroll along the attractive Victorian promenade, which has a small selection of interesting shops, cafes and pubs, as well as a popular fish and chip shop. There is also a small pier. 

At the end of the promenade is a coastal path which is popular with dog-walkers and a good place for an evening stroll. There are no restrictions on dog walking.

Every few weeks, Arnside experiences a small tidal wave known as “The Bore”. An alarm will sound, and around 15 to 20 minutes later, the tide can be seen rapidly sweeping into the bay. 

Parking along the promenade is free and it is usually easy to find a parking spot, except for the occasional weekend in high season, when it can get quite busy.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby
  • Promenade

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

SD 4549 7870


Parking available in town.

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