What could be better than starting off a holiday or short break from the start of the journey? Not often achievable by driving with traffic and roadworks leading to a stressful beginning to a time that should be enjoyable. Travel by train however, sit back relax, take in the view, even take a picnic to enjoy.
Yes, it isn’t always practical or possible to travel by train to certain locations in Cumbria or the Lake District but there are some destinations that are so easy to get to by rail. Take Grange over Sands for example. A train can take travellers from locations such as Manchester on a direct service for just £27.0 return per person (prices based on travelling from Manchester on Friday afternoon returning to Manchester on Sunday afternoon – perfect weekend break timings!). Typical journey times are just one and half hours making Grange hugely accessible. No being caught up on the M61 or M6 during Friday rush hour, no getting stuck in the Sunday short break exodus, simply a longer and more relaxing short break. It is a lovely train journey too through the countryside before approaching the coast with sea views.
What to do:
Whilst staying in Grange, hill walking is possible that doesn’t require a car such as a beautiful walk up Hampsfell where you can see the Lake District fells on one side and across Morecambe Bay to the other. Cycle over along the quiet back roads or take the train to Cartmel and enjoy lunch in one of the fab pubs or cafes in Cumbria’s little foodie capital. Back to Grange over Sands and there are some lovely places for dinner from country pubs to restaurants. Visit http://cartmelvillage.com/eating.html for a list of where to eat in Cartmel and http://www.bayvilla.net/the-area/places-to-eat for restaurants in Grange itself.
Where to sleep:
There are plenty of places in Grange with it being a substantial town in size. A short walk from the train station is Bay Villa, a luxury Grange bed and breakfast, a real gem of a little place famous for its big rooms, delicious breakfasts and attention to detail. Visit http://www.bayvilla.net for more information.