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Things to do in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Preserved railway station platform at Grange-over-sands railway station
Preserved railway station platform at Grange-over-sands railway station ©Sue Burton - stock.adobe.com

Grange-over-Sands is an old-fashioned resort town overlooking the endless sands of Morecambe Bay.

Railway

It was developed in Edwardian times, when the railway came to what was then an isolated fishing village, and much of the elegant architecture of the period remains.

Grange-over-sands, Cumbria
Grange-over-sands, Cumbria ©Kevin Eaves - stock.adobe.com

The railway is still there too, providing a scenic route around the Cumbrian coastline and across the sands to Lancashire.

Looking across Morecambe Bay from Grange-over-Sands
Looking across Morecambe Bay from Grange-over-Sands ©espy3008 - stock.adobe.com

In its heyday Grange was accessible by water.

Steamers

The stream of the river Kent then ran close to the shore, and excursion steamers brought day trippers from other coastal resorts.

Bandstand in gardens, Grange-Over-Sands
Bandstand in gardens, Grange-Over-Sands ©Kevin Eaves - stock.adobe.com

Then the stream shifted to the other side of the bay, and Grange's promenade now looks out on a broad saltmarsh.

Clock Tower, Grange-over-Sands
Clock Tower, Grange-over-Sands ©Peter Moulton - stock.adobe.com

Quieter than before, the town still provides gentle pleasures for holidaymakers with its public gardens and tennis courts.

Promenade

The long promenade makes a delightful stroll, and there are many small shops and some excellent teashops.

St Paul
St Paul's Church, Grange-over-Sands ©Peter Moulton - stock.adobe.com

Facing South and sheltered by the Lake District mountains behind it, Grange-over-Sands enjoys a remarkably mild climate.

Excellent Walks

The hills round the town are of limestone, unusual on this coast, and offer many fine walks with open views over the bay to the Irish Sea.

Hampsfell Hospice, Grange-over-Sands
Hampsfell Hospice, Grange-over-Sands ©Pawel - stock.adobe.com

The nearest hill is Hampsfell, which has a curious miniature building called The Hospice on top of it.

It has a flat roof with a view indicator, reached by a tiny outside flight of steps. Humphrey Head is also worth a visit.

Grange-Over-Sands
Grange-Over-Sands ©Jonathan - stock.adobe.com

In the past, wheeled traffic used to cross Morecambe Sands from the Lancashire coast, until the route was made redundant by modern roads.

Grange-over-sands
Grange-over-sands ©Sue Burton - stock.adobe.com

It is still possible to walk across at low tide, but the sands are treacherous; expeditions with guides are occasionally organised.

Description by Jeffrey Darlington

Coastline at Grange-over-Sands
Coastline at Grange-over-Sands ©Tomasz Wozniak - stock.adobe.com

The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower © Jeffrey Darlington

The Railway Station
The Railway Station © Jeffrey Darlington

The Promenade
The Promenade © Jeffrey Darlington

The Gardens
The Gardens © Jeffrey Darlington

Grange from Arnside
Grange from Arnside © Jeffrey Darlington

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