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Grange-over-Sands is a coastal town overlooking the Kent Estuary in Cumbria. Between the town and the Lake District around a mile to the north lie forests either side of the Windermere Road, making Grange-over-Sands an ideal starting point for all forms of exploration of the coast, local wildlife and the National Park.
The estuary and the countryside around Grange-over-Sands are fascinating places for nature enthusiasts. A tremendous range of birds can be seen, and there are several nature reserves, such as Brown Robin, and sites of special scientific interest.
The history of Grange-over-Sands
Grange-over-Sands grew gradually from a small village with a few houses dotted around the old ‘Windy Harbour’ to the impressive tourist resort of today. Its biggest growth spurt came with opening of Grange-over-Sands station in 1857 which now provides connections to Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness to the west, and Lancaster, Preston and Manchester to the east.
Before the railway, travel to Grange was difficult, time consuming and dangerous. The whole of the Furness and Cartmel peninsulas were largely cut off from the rest of the country until the turn of the 18th century when a new road was built in the area. Before then, guides used to take people across the sands to the village, which was a treacherous route at the best of times.
Things to see around Grange-over-Sands
One of the prettiest sights in the town is the ornamental gardens, not far from the railway station. Dating back to 1865, the gardens, pond and fountain provide a beautiful Victorian atmosphere, enjoyed by an unusual wildfowl population, with interesting shrub borders and magnificent evergreens.
A short way to the west is Holker Hall & Gardens, the stately home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, frequently open to the public for tours. Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into parkland, all framed by the Lakeland Hills.
To the south is the limestone outcrop of Humphrey Head. It is whale-back-shaped and accessible for walkers, giving excellent views over Morecambe Bay to Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham and Ulverston across the Leven Estuary. It is, however, perhaps best not explored on a windy day, as it can get quite blustery on the outcrop.
One of the nicest walks from Grange-over-Sands is through the Eggerslack Wood to the north of the town. This loop takes in Eden Mount and the limestone tower of Hampsfield Fell, and over the course of a two-hour ramble you will see some of the finest scenery in the area.
The Commodore Inn offers excellent rest and relaxation when you’ve finished a long day in the field. Boasting panoramic bay views and a lovely balcony, the inn is the ideal place to enjoy a special dining experience and an excellent selection of cask ales and fine wines.