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Grange Over Sands

Overview

Grange Over Sands lies on the coastline of the Cartmel Peninsular, looking out to the Morecambe Bay, a mere seven miles south of Lake Windermere. The bay is a pretty spectacular backdrop; when the tide is in it can be an ocean of blue, when out, a shimmering mirror of silver sands, engraved by serpentine rivers that carve their way through it.

Together with Cartmel, a mile over the hill, the town is a great place to stay and a good base for exploring all of the Lake District National Park.

Grange began life as little more than a few fishermen’s cottages, a granary and a small harbour. Out to sea runs the Gulf Stream, where the combination of it and the town’s position, create a unique mild eco climate and hence you can see palm trees in gardens and, back in the day, the good monks of Cartmel Priory had a vineyard on the slopes overlooking the water. This mild climate and the arrival of steam railways saw a small seaside village grow into a genteel and popular Edwardian resort with parklands, municipal gardens and the famous mile long promenade with its grand lido – sadly now unused.

Today, Grange Over Sands is a pleasant, bustling little town, with friendly locals and welcoming shopkeepers, so much so we decided some twelve ago to come here and live.

There are plenty of shops and cafés along with local walks within and around the town, where you can be widen your choices by popping over the hill to Cartmel, the foodies’ paradise.

 

Shopping - Dining - Entertainment

The promenade is a must, a gentle and relaxing place to stroll on a summers evening accompanied with a panoramic view across the sands. During spring and summer the little prom café opens, run by Hillary and Dennis. Harking back to seaside tearooms they offer cream teas, ice creams, bacon butties all served up with steaming pots of tea. Beyond the café is a little parkland offering a putting green, tennis courts and a skateboard park.

During the day there are plenty of cafés offering breakfast and lunch. The Hazlemere Bakery and café is very popular, offering good food and speciality teas. Come evening the choice is a little limited however the Clare House Hotel welcomes non-residents. Hosted by the Read family, it is a pleasing establishment overlooking the bay and offers fine food. The Lymehurst hotel has a nice bistro and restaurant and the reviews for the Netherwood Hotel are pretty good. The Pheasant Inn lies a mile walk along the coast road and serves good pub grub and fine local ales.

To widen your choice, Cartmel lies about a mile over the fell, a very pretty village and popular with foodies and celebrities alike. For dining you really are spoiled for choice. There four good pubs, The Cavendish Arms, The Royal Oak, Pig & Whistle and The Kings Arms. For something a little special you must try Simon Rogan's Michelin awarded L'Enclume, one of Cumbria’s finest restaurants. Another good option is Rogan's wine bar, set by the river it is very relaxed and with excellent cuisine. Both are popular with reservation advised.

 

 

Out And About - Local Walks - Activities

There are plenty of good local walks, where the peninsular is criss-crossed with country lanes that pass through meadows, low rolling hills and by coastal shore, all perfect for cycling.

As mentioned, the prom is a flat mile walk with a stunning view. There are a number of parklands and ornamental gardens that run alongside the prom, with duck ponds and plenty of places picnic.

A favourite is to take the track up to Hampsfell, an impressive, wooded limestone ridge. The area is full of wild life and flowers and running across the summit is the limestone pavement, with its cracks and glints, forming a natural giant pathway. From the summit you get a splendid panoramic view of both the mountains and the Morecambe Bay. Crowning the ridge is the Hospice, a strange little limestone hut that has a fireplace and stone seats with carved instructions on how the shelter should be used. On from the summit, and you have Eggerslack Woods, a large mixed woodland, with plenty of trails and pleasant in all seasons.

A good day out is to head over to Cartmel and take a Segway off road tour. The offices are by the car park and the reviews so far from our guests make this a must for a bit of fun.

For something quite romantic you should contact Black Horses Stable. Run Tracey & Rynardt Venter, they specialise in breeding and raising magnificent Fresians, You can hire a carriage ride through the landscape of the peninsula, which would make the perfect setting for romantic gestures and proposals.

The coast is great to explore. Humphrey Head is good, short walk to blow out the cobwebs, or travel a little further around the head of the bay, over to Arnside. Here you have one of the most dramatic, flat walks along the miles of south bay shoreline, with shimmering sands when the tide is out, and a wonderful experience if you are there as the waters return. You must stay close to the edges, but I can promise this will rival any of the lake walks.

For golfers there are two clubs over in Grange. Grange Fell Golf Club is a nine-hole course set on the slopes above the town. The par 70 card will provide you with interesting and unique features to ensure you enjoy your visit.

The Grange-over-Sands Golf Club is a challenging parkland 18-hole golf course. It is a very pretty looking affair and welcomes visitors where you can book your time online.

About eight miles north of the village, clustered at the foot of lake Windermere, is Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Fell Foot, the National Trust Parkland. Here you will find a couple of good inns, the Swan at Newby Bridge and, a mile further on, the Lakeside Hotel. From the here you can hop on a steamer for a trip on the lake, which winds its way for ten miles into the central fells, passing on the way Bowness, Sawrey and finishing at the Waterhead terminus near Ambleside.

Also at Lakeside is the Aquarium of the Lakes and the steam railway. At nearby Backbarrow, the Lakeland Motor Museum has a vast collection of vintage and specialist cars including a replica of Donald Campbell’s Blue Bird.

At Fell Foot you can moor boats and hire row and sailing craft or simply swim and picnic by the shore. Finally, one of the best easy walks starts from Finsthwaite leading up to High Dam, a beautiful little tarn nestled in woodland and rolling fells. The perfect circular route it makes for a delightful half day, with time to include a picnic by the waters edge and for those that like wild swimming this the perfect spot.

 

 

Local Shows & Events

There are a host of events held throughout the year on the Peninsular. To be sure not to miss out check out on Google for dates, times and entry fees.

Race Days

Come bank holidays the village buzzes with arrival of race day. Owned by The Holker Hall Estate, the course is on the edge of the village, where along with the racing there is a carnival and fair with many attractions, stalls and pop up food, beer and wine tents.

Cartmel Show

The Cartmel show is a grand and well attended affair, attracting many local artisans offering products and produce. Along side this is show jumping, livestock and horticultural shows, where at the days end is a great sell off some fantastic flowers and plants. Live music, competitions, food and beer tents make up the entertainment, where you can have a go at Cumberland Wrestling or try your hand at archery.

Holker Garden Festival

In May is the Holker Garden Festival. Some of the most accomplished plants men and women display in the grand marquee. Around this are tents and stalls selling everything from tractors to sheds along with designer boots and jackets. Beer tents and food halls offer local delights and the show is a grand day out. Again, at the end of the fesival you can pick up some fine specimines for your garden.

Winter Market

The Holker Winter Market is a nice precursor to the big event. Stock up on local produce, warm yourself around braziers and sample some fine foods and local ales.

Steam Gathering

The Cumbria Steam Gathering, held in July, is a feast of wonderful old steam engines, tractors, mechanical wonders and vintage cars. Held over the fell at the Flookbrough airdrome, there are plenty of stalls, shows and activities, including go-carts, Segways along with live music and demonstrations.

Grange Prom Art

Grange Prom Art is held on the promenade in Grage over sands on the last Sunday of each month during summer. Local artists, entertainers and food tents make for a great day against a stunning backdrop of the Morecambe Bay.

Grange Edwardian Festival

An Edwardian extravaganza with over 40 stalls selling homemade cakes, toys, books and a multitude of gifts wher many locals dress up in their best Edwardian costumes. There is entertainment for all the family with a Punch & Judy show, magician, miniature train rides, live jazz music, Morris dancing and much more. 

 

Country Houses - Gardens & Historic Buildings

If you like a historic pile then the peninsula offers quite a clutch of fine county houses along with the priory. Check online for opening times and any restrictions such as dogs.

Cartmel Priory was founded in 1190 by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, intended for the Augustinian Canons and dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Michael. Although much was destroyed during the Dissolution, the church itself was saved. The building is magnificent with fine windows, massive arches over polished pews and, of particular note, a beautiful Renaissance screen.

Holker Hall, known locally as Hooker Hall, along with its gardens, is a couple of miles from the village at Cark and makes for good half days outing. The House is open to the public along with grounds and a deer park which are a delight to explore, finishing with lunch at the food hall. Throughout the year there are shows and market fairs so it is worth checking Holker's website. 

Levens Hall is a fine example of the grand country house. What is that bit extra special are the topiary gardens, a huge collection of the weird and the wonderful, sculptured from box and yew and will facinate adults and children alike. There are secret 'garden rooms', wooded walkways and a fine ornamental pond, which for those that followed the BBC's bodice busting, head rolling, Henry VIII, will recognise it as one of the locations used in the series. 

Sizergh Castle is a beautiful medieval house with wonderful gardens and estate grounds. An imposing building, it stands sentinel at the gateway to the Lake District, where The National Trust maintains its upkeep. The gardens include a national collection of hardy ferns and a fine limestone rock garden along with a pond and lake. You can savour local, seasonal food in the contemporary licensed café or buy a picnic to enjoy in the gardens and estate grounds. There is a pub, yes a pub, the Sizergh Arms, and a farm tea room and shop over at Sizergh Barn where, through a glass wall, you overlook the milking shed. Recently the farm has been selling 'Raw Milk', milk straight from the cow. To me it tastes just like milk used to and I can highly recommend this simple but tasty local product.


Lake District Cottages In And Around The Cartmel Area

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Grange Over Sands

Grange
Speed Guide

Top Attractions

Grange Promenade
Cartmel Priory
Holker Hall
Levens Hall
Sizergh Castle 
Lakeside - Lakes Aquarium
Haverthwaite - Steam Railway
Backbarrow - Lakeland Motor Museum 

Activities

Grange Golf Club
Grange Fell Golf Club
Cartmel Segway
Black Horses Carriage Rides
Fell Foot Park Boat Hire
Lakeside For Windermere Lake Cruises 

Local Events

Grange Edwardian Day
Race Days - National Hunt Horse Racing
Cartmel Show 
Holker Garden Festival
Holker Winter Market
Flookbrough Steam Gathering
Grange Prom Art

Dining Out

Grange Over Sands

Clare House Hotel Restaurant
Lymehurst Hotel Bistro 

Cartmel

l'Enclume Restaurant
Rogans Restaurant
The Cavendish Arms 
The Royal Oak
Pig & Whistle
The Kings Arms

Areas Close By

Kendal - See Guide

Cartmel - See Guide

Newby Bridge - See Guide

Ulverston - See Guide

Information Web Sites

Grange over Sands Town Council
National Parks Authority
Cartmel Website
Explore South Lakeland
National Trust Website 
Westmorland Gazette Local Paper & Website 

More 

Our guide is only a flavour of what is on offer throughout the National Park - To get more info and the best from your holiday do take some time searching on Google etc.

 

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Summer Hill House - Apartment 5

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water
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The Peat House

Nibthwaite - Nr Coniston Water
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Hill View

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
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Rossendale House

Cartmel
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Nethercroft

Finsthwaite - Near Newby Bridge
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Heron Beck

Bowstead Gates - Near Ulverston
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No 3 Church View

Cartmel
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Middle Bank

Crosthwaite - The Lyth Valley
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Top Bank

Crosthwaite - The Lyth Valley
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Mill End

Starnthwaite - Near Crosthwaite
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Summer Hill House - Apartment 4

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water
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1 Tower House

Cartmel
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Barn Garth Cottage

Cartmel
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Town End Cottage

Cartmel
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Thorphinsty Barn

Cartmel Fell - Near Newby Bridge
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Summer Hill House - Garden Apartment - No.2

Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water
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Bank Court

Cartmel
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Clogger Beck Cottage

Cartmel
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1 Woodheads

Grange Over Sands
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Garret House Cottage

Cartmel
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Old Bank House

Cartmel
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Thorphinsty Hall Cottage

Cartmel Fell - Near Newby Bridge
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Barrow Hollin

Cartmel Fell - Near Newby Bridge
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Ford Barn

Cartmel
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Ash Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
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Yew Tree Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
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Wheelhouse Cottage

Cartmel
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Millers Loft

Lindale - Nr Newby Bridge And Cartmel
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Ducks Haven

Cartmel
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2 Kiln Houses

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
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Ducklings Retreat

Cartmel
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Kiln Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
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Brookside

Cartmel
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The Old Pottery

Lindale - Nr Newby Bridge And Cartmel
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Tom Crag Barn

Finsthwaite - Near Newby Bridge
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Lyme Cottage

Lindale - Nr Newby Bridge And Cartmel
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No 2 Rose Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge
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The Old Police Station

Cartmel
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