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The local area guide to living in Grange-Over-Sands

Grange-over-Sands is located on Morecambe Bay, in Lancashire. It’s not far from Lancaster and it’s just seven miles from Windermere - one of Cumbria’s most-loved natural treasures. The seaside resort is a quiet town, especially popular with tourists and retirees. Many of the amenities here reflect this; with plenty of cafes, hotels and independent shops.

Within the town itself, you’ll find a promenade, ornamental gardens, one-of-a-kind shops and fabulous golf courses. Many of the family-run shops sell local produce too, adding to the quaint feel of this town. Although quiet, you needn’t travel far to get to some of Lancashire’s busier towns. Ulverston and Lancaster being two of the nearby hotspots.

Information about the local residents

Back in 2001, Grange-over-Sand’s population was just 4,042. Between the 2001 census and 2011 census, the population grew by less than 100, and was last recorded as 4,114. Of the population, just two thirds are between the ages of 16-74. Fewer than 10% of the population are under the age of 16 and over 40% are over the age of 65. The employment data reflects the ageing population. While just over half the population are in some kind of employment, only 1.38% are unemployed. This number is significantly less than the average unemployment rate for England.

When it comes to industries worked in, there were a number of categories that stood out in the 2011 census data. The Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles industry employed 16.4% of the population and Accommodation and Food Service industry employed 13.4%. This reflects the tourist nature of Grange-over-Sands. Other popular industries included Human Health and Social Work Activities and Education.

Nearby schools

There are seven schools in the local area, six of which are primaries and one of which is a secondary school. All primaries here have a good reputation, which is reflected in their Ofsted reports, with Cartmel CofE Primary identified as the best primary in Grange-over-Sands. In its last inspection, it was rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. The report highlighted that “Pupils make outstanding progress throughout the school. By the end of Year 6 their attainment is significantly above average in English and mathematics.”

The secondary school is linked to the “outstanding” primary – and is often chosen as the follow-on school once children have completed primary education. Cartmel Priory CofE School, an academy, was assessed as ‘good’ in its 2013 inspection, with a number of areas of the school praised. About the school, Ofsted inspectors noted, “Students thrive in this highly caring school where staff know individual students and their families very well indeed. Students feel safe in school and very well cared for.”

Getting around

Even though Grange-over-Sands feels a million miles from anywhere, with its quiet and relaxed pace of life, it’s better connected than you might think. It’s less than 30 minutes from junction 36 of the M6, which can be reached via the A590. The bustling town of Lancaster isn’t far away either and can be reached in 30 minutes by car.

As well as being well connected via the road networks, Grange-over-Sands also boasts more than adequate public transportation options. It has its own railway station, which opened back in 1857, and a variety of local bus services. The train station offers regular trains to Lancaster, on the Barrow – Lancaster route. It offers direct trains to Ulverston, Manchester - and its airport – and Preston.

Local shops

While Grange-over-Sands is a quiet town, you will find all the shops and amenities you need here. In terms of grocery shopping, there’s a Lakeland Supermarket and Co-operative Food in the town. The surrounding towns boast a larger selection of supermarkets – and are just a few miles away. Alongside the supermarkets here, there are also a variety of independent shops – great for unique finds.

If you’re looking for all your usual high street shops, you needn’t travel far. Ulverston Market Street is just 12 miles away and features many of your favourite brands. For a more bustling atmosphere, why not head to Lancaster? At 17 miles away, it’s not too far to travel and is home to high street stores, arcades, and shopping malls.

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