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Telephone code: 01524
Postcode: LA5
Population: 2300
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Arnside is a quiet haven for a day of doing nothing very much, but in wonderful surroundings and with pleasant facilities to hand. There are good pubs, a terrific pie shop and café, a sweet shop with a huge variety of chocolate bars, chocolate boxes and sweets from the area and from childhood memory for those of a certain age. And it may have the best fish and chip shop in the world, with the crispiest-outside-fluffiest-inside-hand-cut-planks of fried potato you could ever hope to stumble across. The chippie is on the bend at the viaduct end of the main street. At the sea end of the front there is a walk that continues round the headland, with plenty of fossils to be spotted by the keener eye. Nature is bountiful too in the views, with the foothills of Cumbria in the distance. The Arnside viaduct is a splendid Victorian remnant still carrying trains over the Kent estuary to Grange-over-Sands (another place looted from Lancashire). And there is even something for the extreme sports types: Arnside has an impressive rip-tide signalled by the coastguard station to warn fishermen to quit the mudflats (and care and local knowledge is needed here, the warning signs are serious) before it rushes in, sweeping daring canoeists before it. There is even a pretty little pier, projecting about twenty yards into the estuary, and another great place for landing the flooks and other flatties fishermen come here for.

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