Where to stay: Corner Beech B & B (detailed review coming separately)
- £57 pn (1 person, double room)
- 20 min leisurely stroll from the railway station
- Sea views, comfortable rooms
- Most delicious breakfast I’ve had at a B & B
- Parking available
My lovely hosts, Peter & Karen- Peter used to be a chef at Hyatt Hotel! I’d recommend Corner Beech House to anyone, but especially foodies! 🙂
Day 1: Grange
Since London is obviously the centre of the world :P, assuming you get on the 11 am train (off-peak trains are cheaper!), you’ll arrive in Grange in the mid-afternoon which works out perfectly as check in at Corner Beech starts from 3 pm.
There are a few shops and cafes in Grange- nothing that you MUST visit but it’ll be a shame to use Grange as a base and not see any of the shops! At the very least, check out their chocolate shop- the chocs are handmade in the Lake District! 🙂 (The independents tend to close around 430 pm but luckily, conveniences such as Spar and the Co-op close at 1030 in the summer.) So walk round, explore, maybe sit in the park by the train station by a bit and read.
To work up an appetite, walk the entire length of the Promenade- it may take up to an hour- and enjoy the sea views. Don’t forget to stop for a selfie 😛
If you can schedule your trip around the last Sunday of the month (in summer), don’t forget to visit Promart– the largest Arts & Crafts fair in Cumbria!
You may be tempted to run free and frolic in the seafront but AVOID- there lies quicksand!! Last year, over 10 people died out there and on day 2 of my trip, the Coast Guard had to be called in to save someone! (It is possible to go out with an experienced guide though- something I want to try!)
All that fresh air really works up at appetite so stop for dinner at Lymehurst. (Recommended by my B&B and the best of the 3 meals I had in Grange: Lymehurst vs Clare House Vs Amber Court) Don’t leave it to late as last orders are at 8.30 (I got turned away once!)
The venison is good- not good enough that I’d want to have it more than once, but not a waste of calories, which is how I judge my food 😛
A very hearty cheese board- the best I’ve had actually! Love the chutney 🙂 Yum! (And yes I finished the entire thing, except the hard cheeses which I\m not a fan of!)
Awww cute! My 1st dog was a mastiff…
And now that you are in a food coma, it’s time to zzzz…
Day 2: Cartmel
Cartmel may very well be the prettiest town in Cumbria so it deserves a day – and a blog post- all to itself. Best of all, it’s only an hour’s walk from Grange! I’d say you’d need to be moderately fit to do the walk- I didn’t find it taxing but I don’t think my 68 year old Mom would last more than 5 minutes (it’s not a flat walk).
You’ll pass Hampsfell on your way, so do walk up to take in the 360 surroundings as well as make friends with the local sheep!
If you’re in the Lake District, you really should see the Lake! If you have a car, you’re in luck but, if not, the Mountain Goat tour is a summary of all the sights. I’ll do a separate post on it but note you don’t actually do much walking/ exploring of the lakes- it’s more like a boat trip followed by many photo stops.
Note: the pick-up from the Grange is only on a Wednesday.
You’ll arrive back in time to hike over to the Pheasant Inn for dinner. If you’re walking, ask your B & B for the car-free short cut. If not, the last 10 minutes is walking on the winding country lanes- not recommended especially at night!
Note: I didn’t actually eat at the Pheasant Inn as I was scared off by the zooming cars and didn’t have time to go back once I’d heard about the shortcut! It is #2 on Tripadvisor though so…. 🙂
Day 4- last day!
Book a late train back to London (Euston) so that you can spend the day in Kendal! It’s a direct x6 bus ride from Grange station.