Even on a grey wintery day you can’t beat a walk along the front at Arnside. This lovely Lancashire resort has that essential seaside feel but its coastline is actually along the River Kent estuary rather than Morecambe Bay or the Irish Sea. Behind the shore the small town climbs up the steep hill and along the front are quirky shops and great cafes. Arnside is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by pretty limestone scenery with no shortage of good walks and we always enjoy a visit here. The railway line comes through Arnside and the 500+ metre long viaduct spans the River Kent.
Along the front there are no shortage of benches where you get a chance to sit and watch the tide coming and going, the birds on the mud flats and the trains crossing the river to Grange-over-Sands. I picked this bench out for its thoughtful and moving message, ‘Whilst The Tides and Seasons Constantly Change, Our Memories Of You Will Always Remain The Same.’ This is a message that is perfectly appropriate to its Arnside setting; the coast line of Arnside is a dynamic environment and under that expansive sky the views will change by the hour. The memorial bench also paints an exquisite picture of Joyce Isbel Lord as, ‘A Kind, Gentle, Happy and Much Loved Lady.’