When Cumbria and the Lake District are mentioned, it’s the fells and lakes that people associate most with the area which typify and set this region and National Park apart from the rest. It is one of the most sparsely inhabited counties in the UK yet at the same time one of the busiest in terms of visitors. Compact yet bountiful with such a varied landscape on offer.
But another landscape aspect is a jewel of Cumbria and the Lake District is the coastline. Surrounding almost 50% of the county, the coast stretches from Silverdale in the south to Bowness-on-Solway in the north (with the official Cumbria Coastal Way route going beyond to Gretna). This vast and varied coastline has heritage, history and multiple Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
Just recently Allonby in the north of the county has been included in the top 30 best places to live by the sea according to The Times. Out of the enormous coastline in Britain, this inclusion just goes to show the quality of this unspoilt and relatively unknown coastline.
But it all starts in the south and vastness of Morecambe Bay and this area is a pleasure to walk on its own. A great segment is to begin at the official Cumbrian Coastal Way start of Silverdale walk onto Arnside (fish & chips on Arnside Prom an absolute must!), onto Milnthorpe before heading into the Lake District National Park past Meathop and dropping down in Grange-over-Sands. Silverdale to Milnthorpe is 9.5 miles and Milnthorpe to Grange 12 miles. Grange-over-Sands is a stunning place to make a base. Choose to carry on up the coast and do a couple ore segments or simply enjoy the views over the bay with the fells behind the town. There is a good choice of places to stay in Grange-over-Sands like Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast with large rooms from £110 per night B&B.
Grange is within touching distance of the Lake District fells and just 7 miles from the southern tip of Lake Windermere at Lakeside and Newby Bridge. Bring a bike as well legs and open up the varied county of Cumbria from the base at Grange-over-Sands.