Grange-over-Sands offers a relaxing holiday in a quieter part of Cumbria, away from the crowds of the central Lake District. Located on picturesque Morecambe Bay; Grange retains much of its elegant Edwardian character – lazy summer Sundays are spent listening to brass bands perform in the bandstand or browsing displays by local artists on the promenade.
Numerous local walks start close to our Lake District Hotel, such as the Hampsfell Nature Trail, the Cistercian Way, and the Cumbria Coastal Path. For the more intrepid there are guided walks across Morecambe bay and the Cumbria Cycle Way. These can easily be combined with the excellent public transport by road or rail to provide a convenient return journey. Grange is also a haven for wildlife – if you tread quietly, you may spot deer, badger and a range of wild birds.
Known as the Lake District Riviera due to one of the mildest climates in the North, Grange enjoys a calm and sheltered coastal position. Its independent shops and local events reflect the sense of community in this rural town and you'll find the locals friendly and welcoming.
The action and adventure of the Southern Lakes are on your doorstep, just a few minutes' drive away, if you want to explore the Lake District National Park. And you can retreat to the peace and quiet of Grange again when you need to relax and enjoy your time away from home.
The Lymehurst Hotel is a popular place to stay for visitors to Cartmel Races. The tiny village of Cartmel bursts at the seams on race weekends as visitors spill into local towns and racing excitement fills the air.
Just eight times a year, over 4 months, you can experience national hunt (jump) racing in its most original form, with horses competing on a four-furlong run-in; the longest in Britain. Cartmel Races allegedly attracts the highest crowds of any race meeting in the UK, with visitors from across the country joining locals to enjoy this historic sport.
The Racecourse circles a multitude of stalls and rides, which combine for a fun-filled family day out.
Visit the Cartmel Races website for more information
You may want to enjoy a round at Grange over sands golf club; a challenging 18-hole parkland course designed by the famous Dr Alister MacKenzie in the 1920s. A flat, well-drained course, it is able to remain open for most of the year and is accessible to the majority of golfers.
Visit the Grange Golf Club website for more information
During the summer months, a treat not to be missed is the eight mile guided walk across Morecambe Bay, usually starting from Arnside and ending at Kents Bank. The walk is three hours of magic surrounded by the beautiful bay, with oyster catchers probing for shellfish, ducks whirring overhead and splendid views of the coastline. Please note that this walk should only be attempted with an experienced guide - only experts know the safe route through the quick sands and tides.
There are plenty of historic properties to visit in the local area, such as Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall (with its unique topiary garden,) and Holker Hall; family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, which boasts magnificent, national-award winning gardens. Surrounded by 125 acres of deer park the Hall hosts a variety of events throughout the summer season, including the annual Holker Garden Festival (June).
The fascinating Lakeland Motor Museum nestles in the picturesque Leven Valley, at Backbarrow, close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere, the Lakeland Motor Museum features the Campbell Legend Bluebird exhibition detailing Sir Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald who captured 21 World Speed Records. Other exhibits include classic cars, bicycles, tractors, scooters and micro cars