Base: Grange Over Sands
Why? It hosts the largest Art & Craft fair in Cumbria: Prom Art, with up to 80 stalls, held on the last Sunday of the month. (April to September)
Not to mention, it’s a cheap base to explore the Lake District so you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone! (A B & B room, for example, is about £60 pn in Grange Over Sands and £100 in Windermere… you’ll also be away from the hustle and bustle, over touristy atmosphere! Not convinced? Check out this post on 5 reasons why Grange Over Sands is a must.
Where to Stay: Corner Beech House (£57pn in spring)
10-20 minutes walk from the train station, comfortable, with the nicest hosts possible (read my interview of Karen & Peter here) AND the best food I’ve ever had at a B&B- Peter used to be a chef with Hyatt Hotels!!!
Where to Eat: Lymehurst
Also tried Amber Court & Clare House in Grange Over Sands. (Not very impressed with either, sorry to say)
And you must, must, must stop by Cartmel. There’s a direct bus or it’s a very pleasant 1hour walk. Not only was the sticky toffee pudding invented there, it’s home to Michelin starred, super delicious
Best meal of stay: Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel- everything they serve is grown in the UK! Cartmel is also where the sticky toffee pudding was invented so why not try the original?
To try: Rojan Josh (same owner, also in Cartmel but without the Michelin star)
What to See: the Lakes of course! Best if you have a car but, if not, there’s always Mountain Goat tours which do pick-ups from the Grange.
Sadly within the Grange, there aren’t many shops that would be of particular interest to a crafter. The only one that comes to mind is the chocolate shop which sells handmade chocolates (in the town centre)- YUM!
For a more detailed itinerary for Grange Over Sands, check out this post If you’ve been to Grange, let me know what you thought about it! 🙂