When lakeland fells are wreathed in mist and the rain is tumbling down, take some comfort in the fact that it is greening the grass, and filling the lakes, becks and waterfalls that make this county so special. If you are looking for better weather though, then head south to lakeland’s own ‘Riviera’... There you will discover the small town of Grange-over-Sands on the edge of Morecambe Bay which boasts more sunshine and a much milder micro-climate than the rest of the region.
Favourite garden destinations there for young and old alike are it’s twin public parks and promenade, all exuding Edwardian charm. Toddlers and older legs taking a break from the hills will enjoy the firm, flat, wide walks, old fashioned floral displays and other gentle entertainments...
A beautifully restored bandstand plays host to a series of concerts throughout the season. It is unique in being surrounded by a mini-moat and is reached by bridge over the water’s lily strewn surface. There is also an enormous spring fed serpentine lake, home to an astonishing population of ornamental waterfowl. This is the destination with which to share with children the timeless pleasure of feeding the ducks.
There is more too along the nearby ‘prom’ for all ages and abilities including a super playground. This mile long, wide walkway is backed by a beautiful and fascinating ribbon of colourful and tender seaside plants. It overlooks, depending on the tide, the sea’s waves or the waving sea grasses of Morecambe Bay. The view is immense- a vast vista stretching from the Cumbrian foothills to Yorkshire’s peaks and across the sands to Lancashire.
Having enjoyed these traditional public park pleasures, there are plenty of opportunities nearby for a reviving cup of tea, cakes, or ice cream. So, if you are looking for a milder climate or a gentler day of garden interest, head for Grange-over-Sands, on Lakeland’s ‘Riviera’.