26. Jan, 2015


You can walk, cycle and splash about here to your heart's content!
Uniquely Lake District

A special corner of England

The cultural heritage of the Lake District is as unique as its geography. Visitors today can indulge in local treats like Cumberland sausage and enjoy centuries old traditions such as hound trailing and rushbearing. The area has also inspired many famous writers.

And if you've ever wondered why the Lake District looks the way it does, here are some answers:

Why are so many cottages painted white?

Houses and farms used to be treated with red lead and then limewashed, which whitens, to keep out the damp. Many of today’s homeowners have continued this look by painting their houses white.

Why are there so many dry stone walls?

Dry stone walls are used to divide up the farming landscape and clear the fields of stones. The fields around farm in the valleys are known as in-bye fields, but the fields up the fellside have been 'taken' from the fell and are known as in-take fields. The land above the highest wall is the open fell.

Why are there old fireplaces in fields and walls?

Although some may belong to ruined cottages, many are lime kilns. The chemical compound lime is made from heating limestone. When mixed into soil it sweetens acidic soils and helps improve farmland fertility. Farm and field kilns were built close to where lime was needed. Find out more in Learning - Lime kilns.

Why are some of the sheep grey?

These are hardy Herdwick sheep, reputedly brought in by the Vikings. They cope especially well with the Lake District's extreme conditions. Without their grazing, the fells would be covered in trees and scrub.

Why is a stream called a beck?

Many Lake District names come from the Norse settlers in the tenth century for example: beck (stream), dale (valley), gill (gorge), tarn (lake) and thwaite (clearing).

Where are Cumberland and Westmorland?

These are the names of the old counties which contained the Lake District. They were merged with parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire to become Cumbria in 1974. The names still live on in Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, Cumberland sausage and local names such as the Westmorland Gazette newspaper.

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26. Jan, 2015


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Set in the heart of the Mill Yard at Staveley, LucyCooks is a purpose built ‘food theatre’ – superbly equipped and arranged on two floors with 24 kitchen stations (everyone is welcome whatever their ability or age) a Riverside AGA room, complete with plasma screens and demonstration areas.
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South Lakeland has a wealth of attractions and places to visit which will appeal to the whole family. Step back in time at one of our historic houses or fascinating museums, relax on a lake cruise or experience the nostalgia of a steam railway. Follow in the footsteps of great literary characters like William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin who all lived in the Southern Lake District and whose homes you can visit.

The area is rich in history and there are many magnificent historical buildings to visit. Kendal Castle dates back to the 13th century and Sizergh Castle, set in beautiful grounds, has a collection of Elizabethan carvings and panelling, fine furniture and portraits.

Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, there are lots of things to explore. To soak up the great outdoors, why not take a trip into the forest and Go Ape, at Grizedale? If you’re keen to ‘have a go’, you can fly through the air at the newly-created Treetop Trek at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre, or lose yourself in the Lakeland Maize Maze. If you fancy a flutter, why not put on your best attire and have a day at the races in Cartmel?

Experience the delights of a steam train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, located in the scenic Leven Valley at the southern end of Windermere. The railway runs from Haverthwaite Station, along the banks of the River Leven, to Lakeside Station where you can alight and board one of the 'steamer' services cruising to Bowness and Ambleside, or visit the Lakes Aquarium!

There are arts and crafts courses and workshops at The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. You can find visitor centres all around the area which make for a great day out for locals too, with cafés, shops and grounds to explore.

You can visit the Quaker Tapestry


    Several Lakeland must see places are within an easy 45 minute drive. Local attractions,like the world of Beatrix potter ,LevensHall, Holker Hall, Grizedale forest, Cartmel, Windermere, Coniston, plus local friendly pubs are closer


    Several Lakeland must see places are within an easy 45 minute drive. Local attractions,like the world of Beatrix potter ,LevensHall, Holker Hall, Grizedale forest, Cartmel, Windermere, Coniston, plus local friendly pubs are closer




Welcome to Brockhole, a taste of the Lakes!

Start your lakeland adventure at Brockhole. Whether you are 7 or 70 there is always something new to discover.

Have a great day out overlooking Windermere.

Enjoy the gardens, treat yourself in our café, try a Treetop Trek, bounce around on our fantastic new Treetop Nets, let the children play ...

With events, lots of fun attractions and school visits, we've something for everyone come rain or shine!

Check out our events calendar to find out what's on. Read our blog for all the latest news, including Christmas at Brockhole.

Free entry to gardens, adventure playground and Visitor Centre. Pay to park or arrive by bus or boat.




Kind regards

David Greenfield
Grange-over-Sands Attractions
Listed below are attractions in Grange-over-Sands:
Bardsea Country Park
Bardsea Country Park, a beautiful wild location on the north side of Morecambe Bay, it’s large woodland area reaching down to almost by the sea. It’s an idea place for...
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Cartmel Priory
The village of Cartmel, close to Grange-over-Sands, grew up around the twelfth century Priory church which, according to legend, was built between two parallel streams in response to a ’heavenly...
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Cartmel Priory Guided Tours
This 12th Century priory has experienced an exciting history and visitors will be shown how this Christian church founded in 1188 has developed over the years. The daily routine...
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Cartmel Racecourse
Picturesque Cartmel Racecourse, part of the Holker Estate, is situated on the edge of the Lake District and stages just seven National Hunt (jump) race meetings a year. A three-day...
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Conishead Priory
Conishead Priory is situated on the edge of Ulverston in South Cumbria. A Victorian mansion now stands on the site of the medieval Priory, and it is now a...
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Ducky’s Park Farm
Ducky’s Park Farm offers a fun and educational day out for families and school parties. In addition to a mini go-kart track, outdoor bouncy castle and indoor play area, the...
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Fell Foot Country Park
Come and explore this Vicotrian park on the east shore of Lake Windermere. It’s a great place for the family, with boat hire, children’s activities and adventure play area....
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Finsthwaite Tower
Finsthwaite Tower is situated between the small village of Finsthwaite and the slightly larger Newby Bridge. The tower was built to honour the officers, seamen and marines of the...
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Gleaston Castle
Gleaston Castle dates back to 1325 and the de Harrington family who lived there for over one hundred years. The castle and estate passed to Lord William Bonvilla and eventually...
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Grange Ornamental Gardens
In 1865 this piece of land was leased from Benjamin Hall to Alexander Brogden for 21 years, to form an ornamental garden. When the lease expired in 1886, Grange Council...
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Grange Promenade
Between the Edwardian town of Grange-over-Sands and the Morecambe Bay estuary is a promenade that stretches from Grange railway station for approximately one mile. "The prom" offers a leisurely...
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Grange Railway Station
Grange Railway Station has been restored to its former Victorian grandeur. It is situated on the Furness Line and offers direct access to and from Manchester Airport. It was designed...
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Hampsfell Hospice
Built in 1846 by the vicar of Cartmel, Hampsfell Hospice has provided shelter for travellers ever since. Just a half hour’s walk from from Grange, the Hospice boasts an outstanding...
Heron Theatre
As a converted 18th Century grammar school this building entertains Heron Theatre members and the general public with plays, music, films, lectures and more. The Heron Theatre is part of...
Humphrey Head
Humphrey Head is the tallest limestone cliff in Cumbria and from here you can enjoy a fabulous panorama across Morecambe Bay, just three miles south of Grange-over-Sands, Humphrey Head juts...
Lakeland Miniature Village
A fascinating insight into the buildings of Lakeland’s yesteryear made from local Coniston slate. These miniature buildings depict Cumbrian houses (including such classics as Hill Top, the home of Beatrix...
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive hands-on displays which take you through the animal kingdom from magic molecules to mischievous monkeys. Exhibits...
Lakes Glass Centre, The
The Lakes Glass centre offers a unique opportunity to visit two working glass factories in one convenient location. Cumbria Crystal produces high quality full lead crystal tableware and giftware whilst...
Normandy Veterans Memorial Gardens, The
This area known as "Sunken Gardens" is thought to be the most historic place in Grange-over-Sands. Grange is thought to take its name from a French word "graunge" meaning "granary",...
St Michael & All Angels Church
St Michael and All Angels is a church that has an overwhelming history. There has been a place of worship on this site for almost a thousand years. The church’s...