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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

 
Safari Tents at Hall More Caravan Park

Hall More Holiday Park

Glamping with 0 units

The Cumbria Grand Hotel

The Cumbria Grand Hotel

Hotel with 120 rooms, £100 pppnb

Woodlands Hotel

Woodlands Country House Hotel

Hotel with 6 rooms, £40-£55 pppnb

The Knoll Country House

The Knoll Country House

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £150-£390 prpn, £90-£260 prpnb

Pinewood Cottage

Pinewood Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £595-£1050 pupw sleeps 6

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

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

Holgates Caravan Park

Holgates Caravan Park

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

Holgates Caravan Park S/C

Holgates Caravan Park S/C

Holiday Park with 13 units, £799 pupw sleeps 6

Greaves Farm Caravan Park - Savoy

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

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

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

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

Number 43 lounge

Number 43

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £120-£195 prpnb

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Self-catering with 3 units, £350-£375 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Hare & Hounds

The Hare & Hounds, Levens

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

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Hotel with 75 rooms, £109-£155 pppn

Fell End

Fell End Caravan Park

Self-catering with 5 units

Pine Lodges

Woodlands Pine Lodges

Self-catering with 7 units, £115-£140 pupn sleeps 1-4

Stable Stays at Greenbank Farm

Stable Stays at Greenbank Farm

Alternative Accommodation with 1 unit

Old Park Wood Holiday Park

Old Park Wood Holiday Park

Holiday Home Park with 386 units

Black Beck Caravan Park

Black Beck Holiday Park

Holiday Park with 29 units, £19 ptpn sleeps 2-4

Greenbank Farm

Greenbank Farm

Guest Accommodation with 7 rooms

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £255-£575 pupw sleeps 1-6

Superior Caravan

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

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

Whitewater Hotel & Leisure Club

Whitewater Hotel

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

Fell End

Fell End Caravan Park

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 63 pitches

THINGS TO DO

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Milnthorpe (6 miles, 9 km)

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 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.

Cliffhanger Rooms

Cliffhanger Rooms

Ulverston (5 miles, 9 km)

For an unforgettable escape room experience, grab your most trusted companions and sharpen those minds for The Lakes latest live adventure game.

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

Grange-over-Sands

Grange over Sands

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

Grange-over-Sands is Lakeland's Riviera. Cradled between the hills and the sea it has one of the mildest climates in the North of England. Last year the town was listed 2nd in a list of top ten seaside towns.

Levens Hall & Gardens

Levens Hall, Gardens & Kitchen

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.

Friesian Experience

Black Horses Ltd

Cartmel (2 miles, 4 km)

An exciting opportunity for Friesian lovers to get hands on experience of what it's like to ride and / or drive top quality Friesians in one of the most scenic parts of the country.

Furness Way

Furness Way

Arnside (3 miles, 5 km)

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

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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