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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

 
All 3 caravans

Lakeland Static Caravan Hire

Individual Caravan with 3 units, £220-£650 pupw sleeps 1-6

Spring Bank Cottage

Spring Bank Cottage

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

The Knoll Country House

The Knoll Country House

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £150-£450 prpn, £80-£340 prpnb

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

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

Old Park Wood Holiday Park

Old Park Wood Holiday Park

Holiday Home Park with 386 units

Number 43 guest lounge

Number 43

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £95-£185 prpnb

Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba

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

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

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

Greaves Farm Caravan Park - Savoy

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

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

Woodlands Pine Lodges

Woodlands Pine Lodges

Self-catering with 7 units, £85-£150 pupn sleeps 1-4

The Cumbria Grand Hotel

The Cumbria Grand Hotel

Hotel with 120 rooms, £40-£100 pppnb

The Hayloft kitchen

The Hayloft

Self-catering with 1 unit, £335-£1100 pupw sleeps 6-7

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Self-catering with 3 units, £365-£385 pupw sleeps 1-4

Old Barn Cottages

Old Barn Cottages

Self-catering with 3 units, £0-£764 pupw sleeps 1-6

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

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

The Hare & Hounds

The Hare & Hounds, Levens

Restaurant with Rooms with 4 rooms, £43-£74 pppnb

Thornleigh Christian Hotel

Thornleigh Hotel

Hotel with 12 rooms, £37-£49 pppnb

Black Beck Caravan Park

Black Beck Holiday Park

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

Netherwood Hotel

Netherwood Hotel

Hotel with 34 rooms, £50-£80 pppnb

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Hotel with 75 rooms, £109-£117 pppn

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

Greaves Farm Caravan Park

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

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Holiday Park with 14 units, £50-£399 pupn sleeps 0-4

THINGS TO DO

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.

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.

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.

Lakeside Hotel & Spa

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Newby Bridge (6 miles, 10 km)

As you know, your wedding day needs a beautiful location and excellent timing. We can assure you of both.

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.

Architectural Antiques

Yew Tree Barn

Cartmel (3 miles, 4 km)

Where Art meets Architectural Antiques…Yew Tree Barn is a stunning old barn full of intriguing and diverse businesses. Browse through showrooms of antiques, garden displays of statuary, stone troughs and artefacts, visit artisans working.

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.

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.

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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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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