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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Grange and Lindale

GRANGE and its surrounding villages, including Lindale, are in an area rich in beautiful green countryside. Also home to thriving businesses and a great community, Grange itself is also a place with plenty to do no matter your age. Check out this seaside town’s skateboarding and there are two golf courses as well, plus exercise classes

Travel

Grange is a 20-minute drive from junction 36 of the M6. Barrow is 22 miles away – 20 minutes on the train, which stops at many of the hamlets, villages and towns en route – while Carlisle is 68 miles away. The village of Lindale is just two miles away, off the A590 Kendal to Barrow road at the foot of Newton Fell.

Eating out

Grange is home to superb tearooms, top quality hotels, guest houses, restaurants, cafes, takeaways and a fish and chip shop. Many of these serve excellent food using the best local ingredients.
In Lindale, it’s worth checking the pub food. Cartmel is just a very short drive away and is home to some famous eateries and very good pub food.

Entertainment

Much of the entertainment is community based – lectures, talks and concerts. There are also regular art exhibitions by local artists. For professional shows, head for Barrow to see arts events at The Forum or Ulverston for entertainment at the Coronation Hall. Both towns have cinemas with up-to-date films.

Education

Primary children attend Grange C of E Primary School. Most secondary students attend Cartmel School. Others go to Milnthorpe, Carnforth, Dalton or Ulverston.

Sixth forms are provided at Ulverston Victoria High School and Barrow Sixth Form College. Furness College in Barrow and Kendal College provide vocational training.

Health and fitness

Grange has a range of amateur sports clubs and venues, plus junior and adult football and tennis. There are two golf courses and a dedicated fitness studio with a selection of classes. The Netherwood Hotel runs a fitness centre with cardio-vascular and weight-lifting equipment.

Take a walk along the promenade, up Hampsfell, round nearby Humphrey Head, or even across the bay – but only ever with a guide.

Shopping

Beautiful Edwardian shop fronts showcase local produce – bakeries, chocolates, local fruit and vegetables. There is an excellent delicatessen and the award-winning Higginson’s butchers. Grange also has a
Co-op and other handy shops selling everyday essentials.

Politics

The town is in the Westmorland and Lonsdale parliamentary constituency, represented by Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron. Council services are provided by South Lakeland District Council, housed in Kendal. Grange has a town council and a mayor.

Highlights

The beautiful green countryside surrounding Grange. Don’t miss the extremely popular annual Edwardian Festival with prizes for the best dressed Edwardian lady and gentleman.

A traffic-free promenade, ornamental gardens, a duck pond, golf courses, brass band concerts and vantage points for bird watching are just some of the many attractions.

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