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GRANGE-OVER-SANDS

Grange-over-Sands has long enjoyed the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, and became a fashionable seaside resort once the railway arrived in the 1850s.
 
Today, Grange retains much elegance from its Edwardian heyday, with ornamental gardens, attractive shopping arcades and a seafront promenade for relaxing walks.
Morecambe Bay
Arnside
Arnside

Arnside & Milnthorpe

From being a quiet fishing village, Arnside began to develop as a resort in the 19th century, with pleasure boats sailing from Morecambe and Fleetwood.
Barrow in Furness
Barrow in Furness

Barrow, Askam & Dalton in Furness

This Victorian town has a proud heritage of production and innovation founded on the ready availability of local coal and iron ore supplies.
Cartmel
Cartmel

Cartmel

Cartmel is a picturesque village in the southern Lake District and is an excellent base for exploring its quaint shops, historic Priory and Holker Hall and Gardens.
Grange Over Sands
Grange Over Sands

Grange over Sands

Grange-over-Sands has long enjoyed the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, and became a fashionable seaside resort once the railway arrived in the 1850s.
Ulverston
Ulverston

Ulverston

This festival capital of Furness combines special events with an assortment of specialist shops, cosy pubs, traditional markets and cultural hotspots.

BOOK YOUR STAY

 
Number 43 lounge

Number 43

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £99-£195 prpnb

Whitewater Hotel & Leisure Club

Whitewater Hotel

Hotel with 36 rooms, £100-£212 pppnb, £149-£209 prpnb

Pine Lodges

Woodlands Pine Lodges

Self-catering with 7 units, £90-£175 pupn sleeps 1-4

All 3 caravans

Lakeland Static Caravan Hire

Individual Caravan with 3 units, £300-£650 pupw sleeps 1-6

Holgates Caravan Park

Holgates Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 80 pitches, £47 ptpn

Black Beck Caravan Park

Black Beck Holiday Park

Holiday & Touring Park with 29 pitches, £19 ptpn

Fell End

Fell End Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 63 pitches

The Hare & Hounds

The Hare & Hounds, Levens

Restaurant with Rooms with 5 rooms, £35-£93 pppnb

Superior Caravan

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Holiday Park with 14 units, £840 pupn sleeps 2-4 , £700-£999 pupw sleeps 1-6

The Knoll Country House

The Knoll Country House

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £150-£380 prpn, £80-£250 prpnb

Spring Bank Cottage

Spring Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £280-£550 pupw sleeps 2-4

Greaves Farm Caravan Park - Savoy

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Individual Caravan with 3 units, £280-£510 pupw sleeps 1-6

Pinewood Cottage

Pinewood Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £575-£995 pupw sleeps 6

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

Individual Caravan with 2 units, £295-£300 pupw sleeps 4

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £340-£490 pupw sleeps 4-5

Woodlands Hotel

Woodlands Country House Hotel

Hotel with 6 rooms, £35-£60 pppnb

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £245-£575 pupw sleeps 1-6

Kestrel Cottage

Wall Nook Cottages

Self-catering with 2 units, £65-£160 pupn sleeps 2-6

Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£375 pupw sleeps 4

Holgates Caravan Park S/C

Holgates Caravan Park S/C

Holiday Park with 13 units, £799 pupw sleeps 6

Fell End

Fell End Caravan Park

Self-catering with 5 units

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Hotel with 75 rooms, £109-£180 pppn

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 20 pitches, £20 ptpn

The Cumbria Grand Hotel

The Cumbria Grand Hotel

Hotel with 120 rooms, £100 pppnb

THINGS TO DO

Levens Hall & Gardens

Levens Hall & Gardens

Kendal (7 miles, 11 km)

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13thC Pele tower. The much loved home of the Bagot family, visitors often comment on the warm and friendly atmosphere.

Eagle Experiences

Predator Experience

Newby Bridge (4 miles, 6 km)

Challenge yourself by enhancing your experience day with the inclusion with some of the world's most tenacious raptors, the eagles.

Holker Hall and Gardens

Holker Hall and Gardens

Grange-over-Sands (3 miles, 5 km)

Victorian stately home, set in 25 acres of stunning gardens and ancient deer park. Holker has its own cafe, brasserie, gift shop and food hall, and hosts an annual programme of special events.

Lakeland Motor Museum

Lakeland Motor Museum

Ulverston (5 miles, 9 km)

Over 30,000 exhibits tracing more than 100 years of road transport heritage, including a new exhibition which details the history of the Isle of Man TT Races.

Lakeside Pier & Steam Railway Station

Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside

Newby Bridge (6 miles, 10 km)

Windermere Lake Cruises trace their origins back to Victorian days, steamers and launches carry over 1.35 million visitors each year. The steamers have saloons, promenade decks, teashops and licensed bars.

Lakeland Segway

Lakeland Segway

Cartmel (2 miles, 3 km)

We are the longest established authorised segway tour operator in the UK. We offer scenic segway tours in the stunning Cartmel area.

Booths Milnthorpe

Booths Milnthorpe

Milnthorpe (6 miles, 9 km)

Booths is a family owned and operated independent supermarket with over 160 years tradition of quality food & drink retailing.

Fell Pony

Fell Pony Adventures

Newby Bridge (5 miles, 9 km)

Walk with a traditional lakeland pack pony. From our base at the foot of Windermere we take families and groups on a one day adventure with our native Fell ponies following part of an old pack horse route through meadows, woods and fell

Activities and Training Provider

Mere Mountains

Windermere (4 miles, 6 km)

We are one of the longest established specialist outdoor activity providers in the Lake District. We think we have something that will suit nearly everyone and if we don’t we’ll link you to someone who has.

Cicerone

Cicerone Press

Milnthorpe (6 miles, 9 km)

Walkers, cyclists, trekkers and mountaineers have trusted Cicerone for nearly fifty years to ensure they have a great time on the hill, trek, walk or ride.

WHAT'S ON

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There are a variety of events taking place in Grange-over-Sands and the surrounding areas over the year. Why dont you check out the calendar and see what's on while you're here?

For events happening around the county, click below for our What's On page.

Browse All Events

Food & Drink

Grange-over-Sands offers a genteel way to take your morning coffee and the obligatory homemade slice of deliciousness. Cafes abound with outdoor sofas and chairs to sit on, while you watch the world go by, sampling anyone of the 80 different teas on offer! The craft bakers are hard at work from the early morning ensuring your artisan bread, freshly baked scones, home-baked pies and pastries are the very best they can be.

Why not try the local Morecambe bay Shrimps, they’re very tasty, with a steamed ginger pudding and Lakeland ice cream to finish? Most establishments have good disabled and baby changing facilities and wheelchair access too.

The Courtyard Cafe at Holker Hall

The atmosphere created in these little cafes are made from both visitors and locals alike, which is the way it should be. For an Edwardian town it also has a touch of the modern with its bistros, offering an exciting mix of foods, all exquisitely prepared.

Fine dining also has its place here where hotels jostle for position to provide exceptional food using the best of local produce. Restaurant décor is always beautiful, creating a delightful ambience while you partake in canapes, an amuse bouche, three courses, excellent cheese board, coffee and petit fours to complete a wonderful meal. Or what about a pub lunch from one of the pubs in the nearby villages, there’s traditional Cumberland sausage or steak and Ale pie, plus several tempting fish, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes to choose from.

Sunday roasts are always popular and there is usually a children's menu too. Some of the pubs afford excellent views over Morecambe Bay, so what better way to enjoy good pub food, washed down with a pint of real ale or a refreshing glass of wine.

For more information on what Cumbria has to offer see Food and Drink

Surrounding Areas

Humphrey Head Nature Reserve - Photo Kerry Milligan/Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Flookburgh Steam Gathering, Grange
Cark & Cartmel

CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Costal Flowers, Grange
Clock Tower, Grange
Cost, Grange-over-Sands

Although the Romans under Agricola crossed the sands on their campaign to subjugate the Brigantian tribes of northern Britain, there is no evidence of settled occupation in the Cartmel peninsula. Around 678 AD, the Cartmel peninsula was granted to St Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, by King Egfrith of Northumberland for the establishment of a monastery. An early church dedicated to St Cuthbert was built at Kirkhead near Allithwaite, although nothing now remains of the structure. It was not until 1189 that an enduring ecclesiastical presence was established with the founding of Cartmel Priory next to the River Eea (pronounced ‘Ay').

Farming and fishing were the mainstays of life for the local population, ably supported by the monks of Cartmel Priory. Limestone was crushed and burned to produce quicklime for spreading on the fields to ‘sweeten' the grass, woods provided coppice timber for agricultural implements and for charcoal burning, oats were grown, and the sea and rivers yielded good supplies of fish. The monks stored their grain at Grange (from the French word ‘graunge' meaning ‘granary') and may have had a small harbour here. The priory was at the heart of community life, until it was largely destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII in 1536. An appeal by the villagers to keep the church as a place of worship for the parish was granted, thus saving this impressive church (and the gatehouse) for posterity.

Up to the mid-19th century, the only viable link between the peninsula and the rest of the country was over the sands of Morecambe Bay at low tide. Individuals on foot or travelling by horse and cart would regularly make the perilous journey, fraught with danger from swift incoming tides, unsuspected quicksands or changing river currents. A guide appointed by the abbot of Cartmel Priory would conduct travellers from Kents Bank to Hest Bank near Bolton-le-Sands (9 miles/14.5 km).

The Furness Railway, built in 1857 to transport iron ore and slates from the Furness Peninsula, heralded the end of the over-sands route and the start of a new role for Grange as a seaside resort. The mild climate and proximity to the sea enticed visitors, who arrived by train and boat in ever greater numbers.

Grange Park, Grange

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