The promenade at Grange-over-Sands is a great place for a winter walk. It’s long (at least one mile from end to end), it’s level, the town’s micro-climate keeps it from icing up, and it has stunning views out across the expanse of Morecambe Bay. These days the views are a little more ‘over salt marsh’ than ‘over sands’, but it’s still incredibly atmospheric and watching flocks of wading birds adds interest to the walk.
We visited on Saturday, when the weather could best be described as ‘benign’. Not too cold, not too sunny, not icy or windy or wet, just a grey sky with odd gleams of sun breaking through to cast sudden golden highlights across the sea-and-sand of the bay.
It looked amazing, and we made the most of it with an almost end-to-end walk along and back again, stopping off for a coffee with amazing views at one of the cafes along the way. This one used to be the public toilets, then apparently became a studio apartment before being converted for its current use. I have to say the views were wasted on the toilets! I took the picture above from my high stool through the main window of the cafe, looking out towards Arnside Knott on the other side of the Kent estuary.
Sadly the tide had not long gone out so we couldn’t watch the bore racing up the estuary, but there were curlews calling over the bay which, given how rare the birds are, was a real treat.