Grange-over-Sands is also called the "Lakeland Riviera", since the influence of the Gulf Stream gives it an exceptionally mild climate. It was historically in Lancashire, but re-assigned to Cumbria in 1974.
This guide also covers the nearby villages of Cartmel, famous for its Sticky toffee pudding and Flookburgh.
There is a mile-long seaside promenade walk. The prom was built in 1904 and is especially lovely in spring with its colourful borders full of flowers and spring bulbs. There some great shops and lovely ornamental gardens with a collection rare ducks. There are plenty of cafés and tearooms to enjoy a cream tea or tasty lunch.
Until the Furness railway was built across the bay in 1857, the town was reached by crossing the dangerous sands of Morecambe Bay at low tide. Stage coaches towards Scotland crossed the sands rather than struggle over the Lakeland hills, so Grange became part of Lancashire. The railway further tied it to Lancashire because of local iron ore and metal-bashing industry. In 1974 there were major changes to the county boundary and Grange-over-Sands was re-assigned to Cumbria along with Barrow-in-Furness.
Guided walks across the sands are available today to make the 8-mile crossing, which takes around 3 hours.
Grange-over-Sands has trains from Lancaster, which is on the main line between London Euston and Glasgow. You normally change there, but direct trains run from Manchester Airport and Piccadilly via Preston. From Lancaster the trains call at Carnforth, Silverdale, Arnside, then cross the bay to Grange-over-Sands and continue to Cark, Ulverston, Dalton and Barrow-in-Furness. They're hourly M-Sa and every couple of hours on Sunday.
- Hampsfield Fell
- Cartmel Fell
- 1 Cartmel Priory. Founded in 1190
- Lakeland Miniature Village, Winder Ln, Flookburgh, LA11 7LE. Mar-Oct: 10:30AM-5PM. £4.
- Duckys Park Farm, Moor Ln, Flookburgh.
- 2 Holker Hall, Cark LA11 7PL, ☏ . W-Su 10:30-16:00. Grand mansion dating from 16th century, but the Jacobean style is a 19th century make-over. With large formal gardens. Adult £13, child free.
- 3 Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Colton Hill, Finsthwaite LA12 8AX, ☏ . Apr-Oct W-Su 10:00-17:00. Opened in 1835 and variously powered by water, steam then electricity, this produced the wooden bobbins on which Lancashire cotton was wound. Millions of them. Adult £10, conc £9, child £6.
- 1 L'Enclume (L'Enclume), Cavendish Street, Cartmel, LA11 6PZ, ☏ . One of the finest restaurants in England, with 3 Michelin Stars in 2022. Also offers accommodation. Best to reserve a table months in advance. tasting menu £195, lunch £100.
- 2 Rogan & Co, Devonshire Square, Cartmel, LA11 6QD. Simon Rogan's other restaurant which has 1 Michelin star, awarded in 2018. 3 course menu £79.
- The Mallard. tea shop
- The Rose & Crown.
- 1 Lakeland Leisure Park (Lakeland Caravan Park), Moor Lane, Flookburgh, LA11 7LT, ☏ . One of the parks of the Haven Holidays chain.
- 2 Hardcragg Hall, 4 Grange Fell Road, LA11 6BJ, ☏ . Self-catering accommodation in historic Hardcragg Hall, a 16th-century manor house visited by Beatrix Potter.
- Clare House Hotel, Park Road, Grange-over-Sands LA11 7HQ, ☏ . Grand little hotel in Victorian villa, gets great reviews for comfort and service. Assistance dogs only. B&B double £180.
- 3 Aynsome Manor, Aynsome Lane, Cartmel LA11 6HH, ☏ . Charming manor house in Vale of Cartmel, great comfort and cuisine. Open Feb - late Dec. B&B double £150.