infobox UK place
country = England
population = 4,000
region= North West England
traditional county =
constituency_westminster= Westmorland and Lonsdale
postcode_district = LA11
Grange-over-Sands is a town by the sea or depending on the state of the extensive tide, sands, in
Cumbria, England. Historically, Grange-over-Sands was part of the County of Lancashireuntil 1974, when Cumbria was created under Local Government re-organisation which absorbed the area previously referred to as "Lancashire North of the Sands".
The town developed from a small fishing village in the
Victorian erawith the arrival of the railway as it became a popular seaside resort, lying on Morecambe Bay, across the sands from Morecambeitself.
The River Kent used to flow past the town's mile-long Promenade, subsequently the river has switched its course to the
Arnsideside of the estuary, allowing nature to develop the "sands" (mudflats, in truth, with dangerous quicksands at uncertain points) into a grass meadow now frequently grazed over by small flocks of sheep. More recently due to sustained easterly winds in the early part of 2007, the river has begun to switch its course back across the bay, and it remains to see whether the 'sheep-meadows' survive.
Above the town is Hampsfield Fell, crowned by 'Hampsfell Hospice', a sturdy limestone tower monument offering shelter to the rain-drenched walker, as well as the finest viewpoint of all the foothills of the outlying southern Lakeland fells. On the roof, a large compass pointer and list of peaks identify the greater and lesser landmarks in the magnificent panorama. Inside, painted boards commemorate its construction, praise the view and welcome the visitor.
Adjacent to Grange are Lindale, to the north-east,
Cartmelto the north-west, with its Priory to which the village was once the 'grange' or farm, and Allithwaiteto the west. The country house Holker Hall, which was built on land which once belonged to Cartmel Priory, is nearby. The stables at Holker Hall house the Lakeland Motor Museum. Grange-over-Sands railway station, which serves the town, is situated on the Furness Line, giving connections to Ulverstonand Barrow-in-Furnessto the west, and Lancaster, Prestonand Manchesterto the east.
* [http://www.grange-over-sands.com The official Grange-over-Sands community site]
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