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Six things to do in Grange over Sands

PUBLISHED: 00:00 09 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:47 08 January 2015

View from the Ornamental Gardens

View from the Ornamental Gardens

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There are more than half a dozen things to do in Grange over Sands, here’s our selection

1. If you’re feeling energetic, make your way up to Hampsfield Hospice – a shelter for travellers at the top of Hampsfell which was commissioned by the pastor of Cartmel in 1846. Choose a clear day to walk the half hour route and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the Lakeland fells, Morecambe Bay, Chapel Island, the Yorkshire Dales and even Blackpool Tower.

2. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Hazelmere Café and Bakery on Yewbarrow Terrace where their famous custard slices are as big as your hand. Make room for afternoon tea in this former Top Tea Place of the Year, which first opened in 1897, and you’ll choose from more than 30 different cakes and 40-odd varieties of tea.

3. Dating back to 1865, Grange’s beautiful ornamental gardens and pond are the perfect place to relax after gorging on cakes. With a fountain at the centre, the pond boasts an unusual wildfowl population and Hazelmere staff hand out bread to feed to the ducks and geese, which visit from all over the world.

4. A visit to Grange isn’t complete without a stroll along the famous prom prom tiddely om pom pom. You might not catch Prom Art – which sees the promenade filled with around 100 arts and crafts stalls once a month between April and September - but even in winter it’s worth joining the visitors who continue to enjoy the bracing sea breeze with fish and chips on their laps or, for the brave, an ice cream in hand.

5. If amateur dramatics is your thing, make a date to see a show, brass band or take a dance lesson at Victoria Hall – a beautiful old building on the Main Street that dates back to 1901.

6. If you’re a thrill seeker, one of Europe’s longest running sky-diving centres– and probably one of the most picturesque – is based on the outskirts of the town, at Cark. Skydive North West is open to new and experienced jumpers and costs from £169 for a static line jump and £230 for a tandem experience.

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