Places to visit - Grange over Sands - Furness Line
Places to visit - Grange over Sands - Furness Line
Places to visit - Grange over Sands - Furness Line

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Grange-over-Sands, situated between the hills and the sea, was transformed in Victorian and Edwardian times into a fashionable seaside resort. Visitors can stroll along the promenade, visit the colourful Ornamental Gardens and patronise the plentiful supply of specialist shops and cafes.

For lovers of ornamental gardens, a walk towards Kents Bank will bring the visitor to Park Road Gardens. These gardens achieved Green Flag status in 2009. They feature magnificent trees, a sensory garden and an Edwardian bandstand erected in 1904. These gardens are welll used especially in summer months.

The railway and traffic free promenade run along the coast line at Grange.  Here, the Cumbria Coastal Way coincides with the promenade and there are fine views across the bay to the Bowland Fells, the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the historic city of Lancaster.

Grange-over-Sands is also famous for PROMART. On the last Sunday of every month from April to September, there are around 70 art/craft stalls on the promenade and this is free for the public to visit.

The town, which extends up the south east facing hills, has a population of just over 4,000 but also boasts some fine large hotels catering to visitors and conferences. Above the town is Hampsfield Fell, generally called Hampsfell, and from the top there are stunning views, on sunny days, in all directions.

The 532 bus service takes passengers from Grange station round the Cartmet peninsula to the village of Cartmel and to Cark station, further west along the line. These services run hourly, Mon-Sat.

Newby Bridge, linked to Grange by the regular bus service, is close to Lakeside at the tip of Windermere where three premier attractions can be visited - the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, the Aquarium of the Lakes and the National Trust's Fell Foot Park. Just off the main A590 road lies the Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow. To make a longer day out, the boats of Windermere Lake Cruises connect with the steam trains of the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and take passengers up the lake to Bowness and Ambleside. Through tickets for the train and boat can be bought at Haverthwaite station.

The Tourist Information Centre, located in the Victoria Hall, is only a 7 minute walk from the railway station but you'll have to pass tempting shops, cafes and gardens along the way.


Grange-over-Sands heritage station (designed by Austin and Paley) with the Esplanade and sea to the left.