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Grange-over-Sands Station
Nick Thorne - Bodian Photography

Grange-over-Sands is one of the loveliest spots on this stretch of Irish Sea coastline and lies within several miles of Lake Windermere. It is situated on the Cartmel peninsula in Morecambe Bay and there are walks across parts of the bay which are possible at low tide. However, such walks should always be taken in the company of an experienced guide as there are many dangerous quicksands in the area. Before the advent of the railways, vehicles used to take passengers across the sands and several coaches were lost to the treacherous sands.

Grange was transformed by the coming of the railway from a small fishing village into a fashionable Victorian seaside resort. It expanded further during Edwardian times and many of the fine limestone buildings date from this era. The town has many beautiful gardens and a long attractive promenade which is free from road traffic. Much of the exotic vegetation of the area is due to the mild climate, said to be influenced by the Gulf Stream. There are several nature reserves in the area, with a wide variety of birdlife.

Not far from Grange is the Hampsfell Hostel. This was built in 1846 as a shelter for fell walkers and commands a wonderful view over Morecambe Bay, the Coniston Fells, the Langdales, Scafell, Helvellyn and the Pennine Hills. On the way to Hampsfell is Eggerslack Wood, which is particularly beautiful in spring and summer. The visitor may see some unusual specimens of animal and plant life here.

Cartmel Priory is not far and neither is Holker Hall, the home of the Cavendish family. There is an annual garden festival at the hall each June. It is also home to the Lakeland Motor Museum which is housed in the old Shire horse stables.

Grange-over-Sands is a delightful spot from which to explore the Lake District. It offers plenty of accommodation and numerous cafés and restaurants. There are plenty of attractive and individual shops in the town, including gift shops and galleries. In addition, there are lots of sports facilities with everything from water sports to riding and golf. The Lakeland Miniature Museum is a model village constructed from local slate and there is a Japanese Tea Garden nearby.

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