Arnside on the edge of Cumbria is a perfect village, you will find shops, galleries, great accommodation, and pubs and cafes with spectacular views, and sunsets across to the Lake District mountains.

Arnside lies on the estuary of the River Kent at the top of Morecambe Bay and was a small port until the Furness Railway built the Arnside viaduct in the mid-19th century. 

The short pier is a reminder of Arnside's past, as is Arnside Tower which dates back to the 14th century. Arnside Knott , 159 metres/525 ft. high lying to the south of the station offers great views across the bay and as far as the Lakeland Mountains and the Pennines.



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 Arnside library will be open as normal from Monday 12th April.



The Government is looking to replace the current 2 tier district / county councils to 1 tier ‘unitary’ authorities.  This is the biggest shake up of councils since 1974. 

There are 4 proposals in response:

·        The Bay – Proposed by South Lakeland, Barrow Borough and Lancaster City Councils

·        North & South Cumbria – Proposed by Carlisle & Eden Borough Councils

·        West & East Cumbria – Proposed by Allerdale & Copeland Borough Councils

·        One Cumbria – Proposed by Cumbria County Council

Tell the Government what you think.   It is your right to be part of the consultation process, so have your say now.  The consultation is running until 19th April.

You can email or write to Government Reform and Democracy, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF. 

Please include your name and that you are a resident living in the area affected.  

All four proposals can be found at the below link where you can also respond to the government via an online survey.



We have been informed by Stagecoach that due to the return of Schools from 8th March, which would have meant in some cases the current reduced network would not have been able to deal with extra peak demand within Social Distancing guidelines, they will be restoring all services to a normal full timetable from 8th March.

 They have also informed me that their full Summer timetable in the Lake District will start from 27th March, shortly before Easter as normal.

This in line with part two of phase one of the easing of restrictions, which will allow people to travel further from home, but before the start of phase two, which will allow overnight accommodation to re-open.

 Details of the revised 8th March timetables are on the Council website

 Details of the Summer timetables will be added to the website in the near future.

 There is no news yet of services of other operators which are currently suspended, but I would expect many to re-start after the 12th April as (subject to other criteria being met) shops and other business are able to re-open.

Lateral Flow Community Testing Sites

 Cumbria County Council has announced the opening of some COVID-19 Lateral Flow Community Testing Sites around the county. One of the first sites is in Kendal.

 The community testing sites are intended only for people that are unable to work from home and those who are in greater community contact as part of their job.

 Full details are in the following news release:

 Click on link to see latest Covid figures for Cumbria :  Jan 2021 Covid Figures

REMINDER: Do you need urgent help?

The Cumbria County Council support line can help if you are struggling as a result of Coronavirus and the lockdown restrictions. This might be because:

•          You are struggling to afford food or other essentials

•          You are shielding, and need food or prescriptions delivered

•          You can’t work out where best to get information and advice

Call the team on 0800 783 1966 (Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm), and they’ll help you to get the support you need.

 You can also email: and you will receive a response within one working day.

Click on link to see vaccination priority list : Vaccination Priority List


Important Vaccine programme update from the NHS organisations in Cumbria supporting the rollout

The vaccination programme is underway.  Due to the scale of the pandemic it is anticipated that it will be a long rollout.

NHS requests that you do not call your GP to ask about the programme or ask for an update as this is placing essential services under even more pressure and won't result in getting vaccinated any sooner. Residents will be contacted by the NHS when it is their allocated turn.

Click on link for County Council information about South Lakeland moving into Tier 4

Cumbria County Council Tier 4 News Release

Click on link for information regarding Kendal COVID-19 Testing Facility 

Kendal COVID-19 Testing Facility

When visiting the village please respect the Countryside Code:

The Countryside Code

Respect Other people

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors 
  • Park carefully so access to gateways and driveways is clear 
  • Leave gates and property as you find them 
  • Follow paths but give way to others where it’s narrow

Protect the natural environment 

  • Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home 
  • Don’t have BBQs or fires 
  • Keep dogs under effective control 
  • Dog poo - bag it and bin it

Enjoy the outdoors 

  • Plan ahead,check what facilities are open, be prepared 
  • Follow advice and local signs and obey social distancing measures


Please see below a link to an open letter to the Promenade businesses and residents giving an update on the above:

Motorhome Traffic Restriction Order

552 Bus Re-instatement

We are very pleased to tell you that the 552 has been re-introduced.

For the moment the service will only run on Wednesday and Friday, with the Monday service and the 550 and 551 services still suspended

Social Distancing measures will be in place, including the need to wear face coverings, unless exempted for medical reasons


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  • see link to CCC regular newsletter 
  • Useful Government Links
  • Impact on Arnside facilities
  • Meeting dates
  • Data Protection (GDPR)


Regular News update from Cumbria County Council on COVID-19 

Please find below the link to the first edition of a regular newsletter on the impact of COVID-19 from Cumbria County Council with all the latest updated information, advice, guidance and details of useful contacts for South Lakeland.

 Useful Links - Coronarivus

Updates on COVID-19 specific to Arnside 

Arnside Parish Council Statement March 2020  The statement includes links to useful government and local websites.


With immediate effect, Cumbria County Council Highways will provide only essential services to keep highways safe.  The reduced service will deal with emergencies, weather related issues, major defects already identified and Road Traffic Collisions.

Council Meetings

The next Council meeting is on Monday 12 April 2021 and will be an online meeting.  See the Council meetings page for more details.

On 4 April 2020, the government brought The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings) (England) Regulations 2020 into force to allow local authorities to conduct meetings remotely without it being necessary for any of the participants or audience to be present together in the same room.

It is the intention of Arnside Parish Council to now hold Council meetings for the foreseeable future as online meetings, using the Zoom video conferencing system. This system is simple for all participants and members of the public to access.

If you wish to take part in the next meeting as a member of the public, please contact the clerk at or ring 01524 574584.  Please indicate if you wish to join by video (MAC/PC or Smartphone) or telephone only and if you have any questions to raise with the council during the public questions section of the meeting.


You will then be given meeting access details and if need be, some help with access onto Zoom. 


The Council has issued a privacy notice and policy.  Please find on the policies and document page.  A Data Protection Officer Service has also been appointed and further documents will be developed to ensure full compliance on their advice.

If you have a matter you wish to bring to the Council's attention please attend a meeting or contact the Clerk or Council Members directly.  They will be happy to arrange to meet with you if required.   Please note Highways faults will most quickly be addressed if you report them directly to Cumbria Highways.  See useful links page



Arnside is in the Arnside/Silverdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and is popular with walkers and visitors to nearby Leighton Moss. Arnside is also popular with visitors who simply want to get away from it all and enjoy a short break.