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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

 
Pinewood Cottage

Pinewood Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £550-£950 pupw sleeps 6

The Knoll Country House

The Knoll Country House

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £150-£440 prpn, £85-£1145 prpnb

Greaves Farm Caravan Park - Savoy

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Individual Caravan with 3 units, £250-£500 pupw sleeps 1-6

Whitewater Hotel & Leisure Club

Whitewater Hotel

Hotel with 36 rooms, £100-£229 pppnb, £149-£229 prpnb

Spring Bank Cottage

Spring Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£540 pupw sleeps 2-6

Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba

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

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 20 pitches, £18-£20 ptpn

Black Beck Caravan Park

Black Beck Holiday Park

Holiday & Touring Park with 29 pitches, £14-£19 ptpn

Woodlands Pine Lodges

Woodlands Pine Lodges

Self-catering with 7 units, £100-£170 pupn sleeps 1-4

Superior Caravan

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Holiday Park with 14 units, £87-£198 pupn sleeps 2-4

All 3 caravans

Lakeland Static Caravan Hire

Individual Caravan with 3 units, £0-£4200 pupw sleeps 1-6

The Hayloft kitchen

The Hayloft

Self-catering with 1 unit, £0-£1100 pupw sleeps 6-7

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

Individual Caravan with 2 units, £295-£385 pupw sleeps 4

Woodlands Hotel

Woodlands Country House Hotel

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £33-£60 pppnb

The Hare & Hounds

The Hare & Hounds, Levens

Restaurant with Rooms with 4 rooms, £35-£93 pppnb

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

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

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £335-£475 pupw sleeps 4-5

New House Farm

New House Farm

Holiday Park with 2 units, £200-£280 pupw sleeps 2-4

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Self-catering with 3 units, £350-£385 pupw sleeps 1-4

Holgates Caravan Park S/C

Holgates Caravan Park S/C

Holiday Park with 13 units, £299-£799 pupw sleeps 6

The Cumbria Grand Hotel

The Cumbria Grand Hotel

Hotel with 120 rooms, £40-£100 pppnb

Holgates Caravan Park

Holgates Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 80 pitches, £38-£47 ptpn

Wide View

The Lakeland Village

Self-catering with 47 units, £550-£880 pupw sleeps 4-8

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Hotel with 75 rooms, £100-£117 pppn

THINGS TO DO

Canoeing

River Deep Mountain High

Coniston (7 miles, 11 km)

Fun lake activity, ideal for those who like to play on water but don't want to go it alone. 2-3 people per boat.

Netherwood Hotel

Netherwood Hotel

Grange-over-Sands (0 miles, 0 km)

With over 40 years of experience and precise attention to detail we can help you tailor your wedding day to your exact requirements. With a stunning location, beautiful surroundings and amazing views, this could be the venue for you.

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot

Newby Bridge (6 miles, 9 km)

A beautiful, family friendly lakeshore park with stunning mountain views. Extensive, sweeping lawns for games, picnics and gentle walks. Easy lake access.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside

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.

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.

Lakeland Miniature Village

Lakeland Miniature Village

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

A fascinating insight into the buildings of Lakeland's yesteryear. Depict Cumbrian houses and farms, all hand-crafted by Edward Robinson. Also Oriental garden and building which is our gift shop.

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.

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.

Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium

Newby Bridge (6 miles, 10 km)

The Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit creatures from the lakes of the world along with those a little closer to home too. From otters and diving ducks to marmoset monkeys and British sharks and rays.

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.

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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

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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