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Let the train take the strain for Edwardian splendor, sticky-toffee pudding and a day at the races.

Stepping off the train at Grange-Over-Sands is like walking through a door into a bygone age. The railway station itself is an Edwardian splendor with glistening glass canopies supported by ornate wrought iron beams.

Let the train take the strain

Grange retains the charm of a seaside town unspoiled by time. Stroll along the promenade until you reach the Ornamental gardens, home to dozens of species of rare waterfowl from around the world.

Here you don’t need a supermarket to fill your basket with mass produced brands. Shopping is done in the traditional way. Local producers fill the butchers and bakers with local products lovingly made.

If you are a bit of a foodie and like to know where the ingredients on your plate came from, then look no further than the Food Hall at Holker Hall and Gardens, just a short bus ride away from Grange-Over-Sands railway station. It is not possible to resist indulging on locally produced relishes, blondies and brownies, butter, nut honey and enough hand-crafted ales, vodkas and gins to start your own pub!

Holker Hall itself has been in the Cavendish family for generations. This majestic stately home is set within a large rural estate with the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Lakeland Fells. A stroll around the 23-acre gardens is not just reserved for Lords and Ladies. The view changes dramatically from season to season and it’s no surprise that the garden won the BBC Countryfile Garden of the Year 2016.

Cartmel Peninsula
A few miles down the bay-hugging scenic line from Grange is Cark and Cartmel station. From here Cartmel Village is a must see. The first thing you will notice is the 13th century Priory, towering over the attractive landscape. The building is still a place of worship and a completely unique and precious feat of architecture. One of the fascinating quirks is Cromwell’s door which is marked with bullet holes said to have been the result of furious villagers who opened fire on Oliver Cromwell’s Roundhead troops, when they stabled their horses inside the church.

Cartmel Priory, Cartmel

Cartmel centres around a cobbled village square, home to several local food producers such as the renowned cheeses and world-famous sticky toffee pudding. It’s a sure-fire bet that you will have wonderful time in Cartmel. If you are partial to a flutter that is not such a dead cert, how about a trip to one of the regular race meetings at Cartmel Racecourse?

Cartmel Peninsula

After all that indulgence a hearty walk over Hampsfell with panoramic views of Morecambe Bay will get you ready for more indulgence of all that fabulous local food.

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