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Gibraltar Farm Campsite

UK England North West England Lancashire

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Farm camping with bay views

Morecambe Bay is a classic sweeping stretch of coast, with an extended shoreline incorporating towns from Fleetwood to Barrow-in-Furness, a winding road trip of about 70 miles. Both beautiful and dangerous, the landscape may look like the stuff of beach dreams on a hot sunny day, with its expansive golden sands and gleaming sea in the distance, but the erratic tidal patterns and swampy sands can hold some hidden dangers, so it’s best not to venture out too far.

One of the best places from which to enjoy the sands of Morecambe Bay at a safe distance is the Gibraltar Farm Campsite, near Silverdale. Coming through the farm gates, you’re greeted with a panoramic view of the bay with the camping area lying down an access track through a lovely field beyond the trees. So you can pitch your tent in the large grassy area set around a rocky protrusion on the seaward side of the farm and enjoy the sight and sound of the capricious curls of Morecambe Bay’s waves just beyond the walled perimeter. 

The waters of Morecambe Bay can be seen just beyond the low wall. Less than a mile away from the campsite is Jenny Brown’s Point, a popular viewpoint and bird-watching spot overlooking the bay. And the nearby RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss offers access to coastal lagoons, nature trials, hides and a Visitor Centre. Aside from the birds, Morecambe is famous for two other reasons. The first is Eric Morecambe, the comedian and one half of Morecambe and Wise. The second is cocklepicking. Anyone can pick cockles, just be sure to take advice about the tides. It pays to be wise in Morecambe.

Details

Facilities

60 tent pitches; 30 caravan pitches with electric hook-up. Showers (5W, 5M), flush toilets (12W, 5M), washing-up area. Onsite shop with homemade ice cream. BBQs permitted if off ground and extinguished after use, but no campfires.

Supplies are available in nearby Silverdale, but for a better choice of shops go to Arnside, where there’s also a post office.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, dogs (on leads) – yes. Groups can hire the woods for £120 per night (10 tents).

Nearby

The Wolfhouse Gallery (01524 701405) has paintings, ceramics and a café. The nearby Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve (01524 701601) has nature trails and a visitor centre, and the southern Lake District is only a short, scenic drive away.

Food & Drink

Grab yourself some chops or steaks to slap on the BBQ from Poteau & Son Continental Butchers (01524 761217) in Arnside. March down to the Woodlands Hotel (01524 701655) for excellent real ales. For BBQ inspiration have a butcher’s at F&W Burrow & Sons (01524 701209). Treat yourself to some potted shrimps from Morecambe Bay; James Baxter & Son (01524 410910) in Morecambe have been potting shrimps for over 200 years. The Silverdale Hotel (01524 701206) in the village is less than a mile away but, aside from a pleasant beer garden, isn’t very inspiring. There are some better pubs in Arnside, about 3 miles away, where The Albion (01524 761226) has a Waterside beer garden, real ales and an interesting menu.

Opening Times

All year, but best to phone ahead out of season.

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Location

Contact Gibraltar Farm Campsite, Hollins Lane, Silverdale, Lancashire LA5 0UA

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Getting There

Silverdale is about 11 miles southwest of Kendal. From the A6, take the B5282 to Arnside, then follow the signs to Silverdale. Go through the village, then follow Hollins Lane for less than a mile; as the road turns sharply to the left, Gibraltar Farm is on the right. Take the train to Silverdale and catch the shuttle bus to the site.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 3 reviews

★★★★★

one of our favourites

This site is wonderful - we have been several times pre- and post children and have never been let down. the views are amazing & they have a lovely new shower/toilet block which is always spotlessly clean. The site feels safe for children & there are woods and crab pools to explore. we have never managed to catch the ice cream shop open but there is a lovely cafe & art gallery just across the road with a childrens play area. A gem of a place!

Jul 7, 2015 by ClaireMc
★★★★★

glorious sunsets

We had a fabulous stay at this site on an August bank holiday - plenty of space, even though we arrived as three families with three tents. I think the facilities have been upgraded from a previous review, as there were 4 showers and a family shower room in the female block, and no queues to speak of.  Morecombe bay is a mere potter away, and nearby the village has a gallery/cafe with children's climbing frame. The main attraction for the children in our group was a rocky knoll with trees in the middle of the field near our tents - hours of climbing fun :)

Jul 23, 2014 by Caroline
★★★★☆

Gibraltar Farm Campsite

This campsite has great views over Morcambe Bay and some superb walks nearby some of which are through an area of ancient woodland. It is also very close to a lovely village and there are plenty of small shops, pubs and so on there, otherwise it is a short drive to Carnforth which is a small town. The campsite is ideal for families; we went with a group of friends who also had children but all of them made friend with others on the campsite. There are woods to explore on site which was really exciting for our children who seemed to discover a kind of old fashioned childhood. We stayed over the Royal wedding weekend and the weather was fab - which always helps. The pitches are generous and you can pretty much choose wherever you want to pitch in the tent field. Cost was £16 per night for a 6 man tent. On the down side the shower/ toilet blocks are small for the size of the site - only one shower in the mens and two in the womens. After a day or two we were able to judge the busy times and avoid them.
May 2, 2011 by koolkaz

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