Grange over Sands, the other side of Morecambe Bay to Blackpool, is barely an hour’s drive away. It’s a neat little place with the prettiest ornamental gardens featuring a lake that’s home to a collection of exotic and local ducks and geese. There’s an abundance of hotels, guest houses, cafes, snack bars, independent clothes shops and gift stores. Plenty to browse.
A leisurely walk down the mile and a half long promenade, edged with non-stop flower gardens, takes in awesome views across the bay where Arnside, Silverdale, the Bowland Fells, Heysham, and even Blackpool Tower can be seen. It has to be bright and sunny though! Two out of three of the days of my stay at Grange were wet and grey. But there’s no such thing as bad weather. It’s all down to bad clothing. Tell that to my walking boots!
Trench foot aside, a walk from Grange to Humphrey Head in low cloud and drizzle was really lovely. Most of the Morecambe Bay coast is low-lying. The cliffs at Humphrey Head rise to 172 ft. Even on a grey, drizzly day, the view over the wide expanse of sands towards the Lancashire coast to the south is breathtaking. Must pay another visit on a clear and/or sunny day!
Inquisitive sheep exploring the sands couldn’t get any further, so scampered back to the salt marsh where they do what sheep do – graze and sleep!