Things to do in Grange-over-Sands
Grange-over-Sands is famous for its mild climate, beautiful gardens and local walks. It is the perfect base from which to explore the Lake District, the local Cartmel Peninsular and nearby Furness Peninsular.
Walks - in and around Grange over Sands:
The promenade in Grange is as popular as ever; being free of traffic it is ideal for prams, wheelchairs and young children. The adjoining Ornamental Gardens and duck pond, make it an ideal place for a short stroll, suitable for young and old alike. Further afield, a bit more strenuous, but still quite an easy walk, (about half an hour from Grange over Sands,) is Hampsfell Hospice. The Hospice is a traveller's shelter built in 1846. Once there you are rewarded with views of the Cartmel valley, Coniston Old Man, The Langdales, Helvelyn and right across Morecambe Bay.
Humphrey Head is another popular viewing spot, a small peninsular of rock about 3 miles from Grange. (Drive through Grange to Allithwaite, heading toward Flookburgh; as you are leaving Allithwaite take the road signposted 'Humphrey Head & Holy Well'). Legend has it that this is where the last wolf in England was killed! From the top there are panoramic views of Morecambe Bay. The road to Humphrey Head passes the 800-year-old Wraysholme Tower.
Cross Bay Walks. During the summer months, when the tides permit, guided walks take place across Morecambe Bay. These usually start from Arnside and finish at Kents Bank Station, Grange-over-Sands. This walk takes around three hours and is about 8 miles, depending on the route which is dictated by the shifting sands, the tides and dangerous quicksands. Because of these factors this walk should only be undertaken with an experienced guide! (See our Morecambe Bay Walks Directory)
Places of Interest:
Cartmel is an interesting little village, made famous by the 12th century Priory and, more recently, Cartmel Races, which hold Steeplechase meetings at Spring and Summer Bank Holidays. The village is home to a variety of antique shops as well as craft and gift shops, traditional village pubs and excellent restaurants. The village is centred aound the square, which still has the original "Fish Slabs" at one end. At the same end of the square is the "Old Post Office," birthplace of the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Lakeside, Newby Bridge is just a short drive from Grange over Sands, and is home to three of the Lake District's top attractions: Windermere Lake Cruises, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and the Aquarium of The Lakes. You can park your car at Haverthwaite Railway, jump on a steam train for the three mile ride to Lakeside Pier, catch a Windermere Lake cruise, and spend the day in Bowness-on-Windermere or Ambleside. You can hop on and off the boat all day, using it like a bus!
The Aquarium of The Lakes has over 30 displays of wildlife and fresh water creatures, that live in and around Lake Windermere. The Aquarium has a gift shop and a restaurant on the pier, giving great views of the lake.
Less than a mile down the road, at Finsthwaite, is Stott Park Bobbin Mill, owned by English Heritage.
Holker Hall, ancestral home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, has award-winning gardens and is surrounded by a deer park of over 100 acres. Various events are held here throughout the year, including the Holker Garden Festival. Holker Hall was awarded Cumbria family attraction of the year, by the Good Britain Guide.
Things To Do
Grange has two golf courses (see below), a putting green, bowling green and tennis and basketball courts along the prom. A 9 hole crazy golf course and skateboard park were opened in 2015. PromArt featuring a wide selection of arts and crafts stalls stretching from Bayley Lane to the old Lido takes place on the last Sunday of the month from April to September. Sunday band concerts also take place weekly during the summer months. There are two riding schools nearby and several hotels have swimming pools. At Flookburgh there is a miniature village and a children's farm with rides and an indoor play area.
An 18 hole parkland course, originally laid out by the famous golf course architect, Alistair MacKenzie.
A working mill museum situated between Newby Bridge and Hawkshead, which began in 1835.
A 9 hole golf course cut into the side of Grange Fell in Grange-over-Sands offering great panoramic views.