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Grange over Sands - the Cartmel Peninsula.

Grange over Sands, Cumbria and the Lake District.

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Welcome to the EDGE Guide to Grange over Sands. Occupying one of the most attractive spots in the whole country, Grange-over-Sands looks out across the expansive sands of Morecambe Bay, a rich feeding ground for many species of birds that take advantage of the great climate.

As the sun shines down on a hot day the sea sparkles making it difficult to see across to the Isle of Man out in the Irish Sea that is often visible on clear days.

Grange-over-Sands is not only well known for its exceptional climate (known as 'Lakeland's Riviera') it is surrounded by great countryside and places of interest.

Grange over Sands, Cumbria and the Lake District.

Though easily accessible from the Lake District (Lake Windermere is only 7mls away) and towns such as Kendal. The Cartmel Peninsula is a peaceful place to visit and provides you with some truly marvelous discoveries, the village of Cartmel itself is but one.

There is much to do and see on the Peninsular:

golf - horse driving - horse riding - trout fishing - hot air ballooning - parachuting - a classic car museum - superb gardens and parks and a good number of great walks, plus many places of historical interest. What more could you ask for? An excellent destination for an excursion.

Grange over Sands, Cumbria and the Lake District.

The town calls itself 'Lakeland's best kept secret' and this is probably true: it seems a shame that more people don't visit this most enjoyable town.

Grange over Sands: a short history: top

Grange-over-Sands itself has humble beginnings as a group of fishermen's cottages owned by the monks of nearby Cartmel Priory. They used it to store their grain and this gave rise to the town's name.

Grange over Sands, Cumbria and the Lake District.
Cartmel Priory.

You should visit the superb Cartmel Priory and its neighbouring village of Cartmel when you come to Grange-over-Sands they are enormously pretty.

The Victorians took note of the excellent climate of the area and began to develop Grange over Sands as a tourist destination, many of the impressive buildings you see in the town today date from that time.

In 1846 the railway came and Grange-over-Sands became a popular place with the well to do Victorians of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire and the town never looked back.

At one time, before the arrival of the railway, the main track to the town was over the sands of Morecambe Bay, these can be dangerous and it seems a strange route to take, however the overland route was considered more risky due to bandits and highway men!

No such problems exist now and all the roads to the town are quick and are mostly free of heavy traffic making a visit to the Peninsula a must do on your list of places to visit when you stay with us.

Grange over Sands: OS ref SD 405775 Sheet 97. Get the map.

Grange over Sands map