A Photographer’s Ramblings: Grange-over-Sands

On a hot summer’s day there could be nowhere nicer to ‘escape’ to than the beautiful Grange-over-Sands promenade. Between the stunning view across Morecambe Bay and the beautifully kept prom gardens you can’t go wrong. Grange Civic Society deserve much praise for their work.

Grange view

View from Grange.

This is my favourite bench view. It is at the far end of the Prom (eastern end) where it’s usually much quieter. Surrounded by trees the view is very peaceful. Then my eye was caught by the interesting symmetrical cloud formation. I could happily sit hear for hours on a fine day (if I ever had hours to spare that is!).

cloud street

‘Cloud street’ formation.

To get technical, cirrus cloud in a cloud street formation I believe. Clouds have always fascinated me. Back on ground level, a walk along the Prom is a delight.

Promenade Gardens

prom gardens

Grange’s beautiful prom gardens.

prom in colour.


And this is just the ‘weeds’!

In what I presume is an unattended and left wild stretch of the prom, Valerian creates a blaze of red and pink. Valerian is used as a herbal sleep remedy by the way and is actually a Mediterranean plant that seems to have happily taken here in the UK and dominates many garden walls and road verges.

floral display

Colourful floral display.

Some flowers and plant are worth zooming in on. This is actually a wild plant; bindweed which make a lovely display. In contrast this spikey thistle-like plant is sharp to touch but still looks impressive as a close-up shot.

Beautiful gardens on the prom.

Spikey thistle.

Grange lido

Sad state; the abandoned lido.


The Lido

Further along the prom you reach the former lido swimming pool. It’s a very distinctive local landmark and once very popular venue. There are plans to at least prevent further deterioration if not reopen it. At least it’s a step in the right direction. Fingers crossed one day it will return to use and draw the crowds once again. I end with a final photo that illustrates one reason why Grange-over-Sands is such a beautiful place to visit.

Grange station

The Station

Grange-over-Sands’ award-winning railway station is a great place to start or end your visit. It’s clean, bright and airy with a superb view across the Bay. So good in fact that I plan to use it in some wedding portrait photos next week!