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A refined seaside town

Grange-over-Sands is a genteel seaside town that lies on the western side of the Kent estuary in South Cumbria. But don’t visit this Victorian resort if you’re looking for all the usual trappings of the British seaside – fish and chips, fairground rides or even waves crashing up against the beach. Grange is slightly more refined; it’s a place of classy teashops, gentle rambles and, at a push, a sedate game of crazy golf. And as for those crashing waves… well, since the River Kent changed course, the town has been separated from the waters of Morecambe Bay by salt marshes.

Grange Over Sands salt marshes

Relaxing activities in Grange Over Sands

Visitors can enjoy a walk along the promenade, with its views out across atmospheric Morecambe Bay, past the art deco outdoor swimming area. The only saltwater lido still standing in northern England, it’s sadly now closed. The nearby ornamental gardens have a pond and fountain while, at Grange Promenade Recreation Park, you’ll find a putting green, crazy golf, tennis courts, skate park and bowling green. Just a mile down the coast, at Kents Bank, is the Beach Hut Gallery, run by a local artists co-operative.

Scenic walks

A popular walk from the town climbs Hampsfell, a tiny limestone hill crowned by an unusual Victorian shelter. Further south is Humphrey Head, a limestone headland sitting like a beached whale between the mudflats of the Kent estuary and the moody marshland of the Cartmel peninsula. In summer, the Queen’s Guide to the Sands leads walks across the Kent, carefully navigating a safe passage between the treacherous shifting quicksands and past deep-water channels.

Transportation options

Grange over sands railway track

Grange-over-Sands lies on the Furness Railway Line from Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster, one of the stations on the West Coast Main Line from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Places to stay in Grange Over Sands

The Nook

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Only a five minute drive from the centre of the charming town of Grange over Sands, this stylish and comfortably appointed cottage is spacious, yet cosy. An aga adds to that cosy sense of ‘hygge’ – perfect if you’ve spent the day battling some Lake District weather on a hike in the nearby Fells! 

With inner courtyard views, this well-decorated (and dog-friendly) cottage has both sea and garden views. If the weather really and truly sets in, rest assured – it’s supplied with Disney Plus and Netflix too, so you can cosy up together on the sofa and settle down for the duration. The perfect place for a get-together, the three bedrooms are nonetheless peaceful due to soundproofing. Bedroom one offers an extra-large double bed, bedroom two a normal double, and bedroom three, two single beds.

Address: Flookburgh Road The Nook, Holker, LA11 7RJ

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Netherwood Hotel & Spa

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Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of Netherwood Hotel, where nature’s drama unfolds at every glance. A former stately home embraced by vibrant, expansive gardens that unveil breathtaking views across the vast expanse of Morecambe Bay.

Indulge in the comfort of your en suite haven, where modernity meets solace and every room overlooks a canvas of nature’s wonders. Beyond indulgence, find rejuvenation at the heart, an on-site spa that helps you unwind and restore.

Address: Lindale Road, Grange Over Sands, LA11 6ET

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Woodhaven – Luxury 4-bedroom rural retreat with hot tub

Places to stay with hot tubs

Woodhaven offers a range of amenities to ensure your comfort and relaxation. After a day of exploring the stunning Lake District, unwind in the indulgent hot tub while taking in the breathtaking views of the private woodlands. With captivating views from every window, modern convenience meets timeless charm in this newly refurbished four-bedroom cottage. Enjoy the comforting feel of a true home away from home, complete with a fully equipped kitchen and spacious garden. Whether you’re seeking a family holiday, a romantic getaway, or a friends’ retreat, Woodhaven caters to all. Our Lake District hospitality expertise ensures meticulous attention to your comfort. Grange-over-Sands may be underestimated, but it boasts its own allure and convenient proximity to treasures like Cartmel, home to the renowned L’Enclume restaurant. Welcome to Woodhaven, where tranquility and adventure unite for an unforgettable escape.

Address: Woodhaven Hampsfell Road, Grange Over Sands, LA11 6BG

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