This unspoilt village is situated in a quiet valley in one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Offering stunning views of the South Lakeland District fells and countryside, Cartmel has grown up around its famous 12th Century medieval Priory Church. It is a special place where ancient history and tradition mingle effortlessly with the present day.
Although steeped in history, Cartmel is not trapped in time and the village offers today's visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, eateries and places to stay. Around the village square you will discover a delightful assortment of genuine 16th - 18th century buildings providing, as they have for centuries, friendly inns and well stocked shops.
Cartmel's popular annual agricultural show always takes place on the first Wednesday in August. A traditional Country Show with its roots firmly within the agricultural community, Cartmel Show provides the opportunity to sample the delights of rural life at its best. There's a profusion of family entertainment packed into the picturesque parkland setting at Cartmel Racecourse.
More history, local attractions and places to eat and drink can be found on the village website: www.cartmelvillage.com
Cartmel Priory of St Mary and St Michael
Cartmel Racecourse - Race meetings on 8 days of the year
Black Horses Ltd - Horse-drawn carriage rides for any special occasion around Cartmel or for your wedding day
Holker Hall & Gardens - Award winning Estate and gardens
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway - Check their fun website for the current steam train timetable
Lakes Aquarium - More than your average aquarium with sea and river life, otters and even monkeys
Levens Hall - World famous topiary gardens and impressive Elizabethan stately home
Brantwood - Home of the artist and social reformer, John Ruskin, overlooking Coniston Water
Laurel and Hardy Museum - Tiny museum in Ulverston that exudes charm and nostalgia
Lakeland Miniature Village - Flookburgh's tiniest village
Windermere Lake Cruises - Take the train from Haverthwaite then cruise on Windermere
Yew Tree Barn - At Low Newton combines Wilson Reclamation Services Ltd, art, artists, antiques, crafts and interiors in a traditional 19th century Lake District barn. Just off the A590.
The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis near Milnthorpe have new arrivals - two adorable snow leopard cubs. There are also meerkats, fossas, ruffed lemurs, Waldrapp ibis or Rodrigues fruit bats at this little Zoo with lots to do!
Walks & Outdoor Activities in the Cartmel Area
The Cistercian Way is a 33 mile walk through the Furness and Cartmel Peninsulas, a landscape trodden by monks, merchants, miners and fishermen. The route links in with several railway stations and can be completed in several easy stages with a variety of cosy and luxurious accommodations to choose from as you explore.
The Furness Way meanders for about 75 miles from Arnside on the Eastern side of Morecambe Bay to Ravenglass on the Irish Sea, passing through Lindale, Cartmel and Haverthwaite.
Grange-over-Sands Golf Club - 18 hole parkland course - www.grangegolfclub.co.uk
Hampsfell Limestone Pavements - Commanding extensive views across Morecambe Bay - www.limestone-pavements.org.uk
Humphry Head Nature Reserve - A whaleback of carboniferous limestone jutting into Morecambe Bay - www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk
North West Parachute Centre - Experience the exhilaration of freefall skydiving at Cumbria's sole parachuting centre - www.skydivenorthwest.co.uk
Roudsea Wood and Mosses - Part of the National Nature reserve comprising broadleaved woodland and raised peat bog - access by permit only from Natural England - www.naturalengland.co.uk
Eateries – our favourites
Justifiably voted best restaurant in the country in 2013 & 2014 by the Good Food Guide, Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume is expensive - dinner £130 as is Lunch but there is a Set Lunch menu for £49. Wine pairing for dinner £70 and £40 for the lunch menu. www.lenclume.co.uk T: 015395 36362
Aynsome Manor Hotel
Just ½ a mile down the road, good food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Sunday Lunch menu £18.95 and Dinner menus ranging from £23.50 to £38. www.aynsomemanorhotel.co.uk T: 015395 36653
Situated in the village square the Priory Hotel offers a reasonably priced and varied daytime menu from 9am to 6pm. An a la carte dinner menu is available on Wednesday to Saturday 6pm - 9pm. www.prioryhotelcartmel.co.uk T: 015395 34070
Richard and his team offer good quality food, served in both the restaurant and bar, in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere – a bit more expensive than some other pub/restaurants in the village but worth the extra. www.thecavendisharms.co.uk T: 015395 36240
Within 30 minutes drive
A 25 minute drive to Milnthorpe will be rewarded with another of the best eating places in the area. The extensive first class menu in both the restaurant and the more informal downstairscafé/bar is very reasonably priced for the quality on offer. All the food is cooked fresh so expect a delay after ordering your meal before it is served! Book in advance as it’s very popular. www.no17parkroad.com T: 015395 64831
It’s worth the 20 minute 8 mile drive to Cartmel Fell to visit their excellent restaurant but do book in advance as it’s a very popular venue. The slightly higher prices than most of our favourites are justified by the quality of the meals. www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk
T: 015395 68486