Grange’s Unique Micro-Climate
"The romantickness of the place, the extraordinary healthiness of the Air, the fine variety of Prospects, combine to entertain the Fancy with pleasant Ideas, exhilarate the spirits, raise the sluggish circulation, brace the languid Nerves, and restore the Health without Physic, or Waters, and what may we not expect where we have the last added in Perfection". T. Short, "An Essay towards a Natural, Experimental and Medicinal History of Mineral Waters” 1740.
Grange has a mild and sunny micro-climate which sets it apart from the rest of the Lake District. Its abundance of palm trees and other tropical plants have earned it the nickname of "The Riviera of the North". Grange first began to develop as a health resort because of its thermal springs and several grand and palatial Hydrotherapy Spas were built. At its heyday in Edwardian times Grange was famous as a place to go in winter, and the guide books were at pains to point out that its reputation for being too hot to visit in summer was misplaced:
“The idea that Grange is only a winter or early spring resort, and that in summer it is extremely hot and enervating, is very erroneous, as in the warmest weather there is always a refreshing breeze blowing gently in from the open expanse of the estuary, and its ozonic properties are most relaxing.”