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Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel -
From a ten-minute journey to a weekend break

It’s less than a three-mile journey for a crow to fly from Grange-over-Sands to Cark-in-Cartmel. For those of us without wings, in a car the 3.8-mile journey only takes 9 minutes and by train, it can be done in 7 minutes. But despite the modest distance between both locations, it’s remarkably easy to make a full weekend of it.

Grange-over-Sands High Street
A flock of foodie businesses have established themselves here, drawn by the lush landscape and mild climate that helps to raise and graze some of Cumbria’s signature produce. For a real signature gourmet experience, Simon Rogan’s restaurants L’Enclume and Rogan and Co, in Cartmel village are a must. As an extra incentive, both restaurants are the proud recipients of Michelin stars – making them two of only four across the whole of Cumbria to own the bragging rights.
Day 1: Leaving the train at Grange over Sands, take time to explore this Edwardian seaside town and its extensive promenade. If you skipped breakfast, never fear, there are plenty of award-winning eateries you can call into to fuel up. Take a walk through Eggerslack Woods over onto Hampsfell before dropping down into Cartmel after enjoying fine views from the hill’s hospice lookout tower.

Cartmel Village Shop
Wherever you choose to have lunch, be sure to polish it off with some sticky toffee pudding in one of Cartmel’s cafes. Retrace your steps back to the Edwardian elegance of Grange-over-sands and explore the boutique shops that line the streets that wind up from the promenade.

During the evening, take your pick of the local eateries before staying overnight in Grange-over-Sands thanks to its range or hotels, self-catering and B&B’s.

Day 2:Hop on a train from Grange back to Cark-in-Cartmel from where it’s an easy 15-minute stroll up the road to Holker Hall and Gardens. Set in 25 acres of gardens and ancient parkland, a herd of fallow deer help to showcase nature at its most graceful.

Holker's Food Hall is worth a forage, with seasonal meats and cheese available direct from the estate – Perfect for a well-deserved lunch break, or if you are looking to take a taste of the Lakes home with you.

Holker Hall
Spend the afternoon enjoying a meandering stroll back to the station and why not try out Grange’s brand-new bistro, “The Estuary” for your evening meal? Ran by owner Faye Ramsey and her team of talented staff in a prime location overlooking the estuary of Morecambe Bay.
Information you need to know:

Weather: The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, clear morning skies can rapidly give way to rain, sleet or even snow so be prepared! Changes in weather can dramatically alter the difficulty of a route so please consider this before setting off. Call 0844 846 2444 to check the forecast.

Be Prepared: Appropriate clothing can make all the difference. It is important to be warm, comfortable and dry when out exploring so make sure you have the appropriate kit and plenty of layers. Your rucksack should hold everything needed and be carried comfortably. Have extra layers, a hat and gloves, enough food and drink, and a first aid kit. A compass, map and the knowledge to use them is invaluable.

Don’t rely on technology alone: Mobile phone reception isn’t always good in the Lake District. Leave details of your route and expected finish time with a buddy. If you are delayed, please contact your buddy to let them know. This will prevent mountain rescue, a team of volunteers, being called out unnecessarily. If there is an emergency call 999, ask for Cumbria Police and give your location; an accurate grid reference is ideal.

Discover more about what to do and see in Grange-over-Sands here and Cartmel here.

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