Tuesday, 3 April 2018
Arnside and Silverdale, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but often overlooked in favour of the nearby and much better known Lake District National Park.
Tucked away within Arnside is one of my favourite places, the RSPB reserve of Leighton Moss, a huge expanse of wetland, reedbeds and woodland. It has a very attractive visitor centre and café, which has been much improved over recent years with landscaping and planting to the rear, designed to attract insects and birds. On a sunnier day, I would have enjoyed just sitting out there. There is a bird feeding area, visited by lots of small birds.
I was keen, though, to walk the paths to the many hides among the extensive reedbeds. It never fails to disappoint, and there is always much to see, both common birds and rarer species. There are usually marsh harriers here, gliding over the reedbeds - such a thrill to watch.
A recent development has been the construction of a tall viewing platform, giving panoramic views over the whole reserve.