Silverdale originally developed as a number of small hamlets of which 'The Green' was one. Virginia Cottage lies on the periphery of 'The Green'. It is about three-quarters of a mile from the village centre, easily walked in 10 minutes. This coastal village is located on Morecambe Bay, close to the Cumbria and Lancashire border, and forms part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Silverdale is known for the diversity of its habitats: its limestone hills, coppiced woodland, grassland and salt marshes. Because of this marshland, birds thrive in the area. RSPB Leighton Moss is close by and is home to more than 100 bird species.
For those wishing to explore the immediate area, there many places to visit. Just short drive away is the seaside village of Arnside and along the promenade there is an abundance of boutique shops, restaurants, pubs, and an excellent fish and chip shop. Also close by is Leighton Hall, the ancestral home of the Gillow family, boasting beautiful gardens and Gothic towers. It is just a short drive to Levens Hall (famous for its topiary) and Sizergh Castle, now owned by the National Trust but formerly the home of the Hornyold-Stricklands (I kid you not!)
There are so many walks to enjoy. Well known 'viewpoints' include Arnside Knott, Warton Crag and Gait Barrows. When I was 'locked in' at Virginia Cottage in the spring of 2020 I managed to enjoy no less than 15 walks from the front door, without using the car, and hardly retraced my steps. These I have recorded complete with location maps. Trowbarrow, a local nature reserve, is located in a disused limestone quarry and has many interesting rock formations, so it is perfect for climbers.
Silverdale is a perfect base to explore the surrounding areas of the South lakes and Yorkshire Dales. Hop on the train to Grange-over-Sands, a charming, Victorian, seaside town, with a range of shops and cafes. Visit the village of Cartmel, known as the foodie capital of the South Lakes and famous for its sticky toffee pudding. Windermere and Bowness are jonly a thirty minute drive away, and to the east in the Yorkshire Dales are the famous Ingleton waterfalls.
In the centre of Silverdale there are two pubs (The Silverdale, and the Royal Silverdale), a Co-op that stays open until unfashionably late, a chemist, butcher, antique shop, cafe (which closes unfashionably early) and a doctors' surgery. There is a further pub (The Woodlands) on the far side of the village that sells excllent beer, but does not do food.