Grange-over-Sands: a gracious gem of a town

Grange-over-Sands is a gracious gem in the South Lake District, nestled right on the sea-front overlooking the ever-changing big skies and expanse of Morecambe Bay.

Our newest lodge destination near Grange-over-Sands is Woodlands   in the quiet area of Meathop, just outside Grange, overlooking Meathop Moss.  The Moss is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to many birds and butterflies, and is also close by to Grange Golf Club. 

Woodlands is a 5-minute drive or cycle from Grange-over-Sands.

It’s a gentile place to wander a while – the promenade stretches for miles right along the sea-front, but its not a place for swimming as the dune system has marram grass growing all year round.

The tides and sunsets here are both spectacular and awesome.

Its a place for guided walks across the sands, as the tide is fast and dangerous with hidden gullies and depths.   The train line runs right along the coast and the viaduct, joining the towns of Grange and Arnside, or further west to Ulverston and Barrow.

Wander through the town centre, and browse the shops and tea-rooms,  or take a stroll through the Park with its ponds and visiting birds and resident ducks.  The promenade offers a lovely leisurely stroll, with various cafes and coffee shops dotted along the way.

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Grange Lido in its hey-day

You’ll also go past the old Art Deco Lido, which has been under a long-running campaign to save it and bring it back to use.

The birdlife and wildlife across the Morecambe Bay area is spectacular, with far-reaching views, as it hugs the coastline.

Near to Grange you’ll find the foodie heaven that is Cartmel, with its ancient Priory, lovely squares crammed with pubs, independent shops not to mention the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop, and Cartmel breweries and cheese shops.

Cartmel is also the home of the famous Michelin-star chef, Simon Rogan with L’Enclume, Rogans and the Pig and Whistle.

Make sure you’re hungry if you’re visiting Cartmel!

If you like some heritage or a garden to wander in, you’ll find the beautiful Holker Hall close by, and further toward Kendal, look out for Levens Hall home of the world’s oldest topiary, with its new tasty Levens Kitchen, or Sizergh Castle with garden and walks and cafe (NT).

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Sizergh Castle & Garden

If you’re into cycling, Grange-over-Sands is in the middle of the 83 mile Bay Cycle Way, which starts from Barrow in the West and goes down to Lancaster.   The route is also home to Morecambe Bay Electric Bike Network, with various locations where you can hire e-bikes and make the ride a very pleasurable one!

Grange Golf Club

Grange Golf Club

This year marked 100 years for Grange-over-Sands Golf Club, and today the extended 6,044 yards, par 70, course is respected as one of the best in the Lake District. It is also popular with visitors as it is only 7-miles away from Windermere and mid-high handicappers can tee with confidence as the course is not too intimidating.

There’s plenty of variety, with several dog-legs and many water hazards. The beautiful clubhouse is relaxing with picturesque views. Located on the edge of the Lake District, overlooking Morecambe Bay, Grange Golf Club is only 15-miles from the M6 motorway – a hidden gem in the South Lakes.

Browse and Book your Woodlands break in Grange over Sands here.