One of South Lakeland's oldest villages, Cartmel grew up around its famous 12th Century Priory. Originally encompassing just 22 acres of land, with access only through the still remaining Gatehouse, Cartmel village was the hub of a large parish stretching from Ulverston to the south, Windermere to the north and Beetham to the east.
The Market Square is still very much the heart of the village. Around the Square is a delightful assortment of genuine old world buildings serving, as they have for centuries, as friendly inns, well stocked shops and private dwellings.
From the square, ancient streets wend their way from out of the village, each well worth the exploration. You’ll find quiet flower filled corners, delightful streamside walks, humpbacked bridges, cobbled pavements and inns and cafes serving good food and drink. Shoppers or browsers will delight in the charming little shops offering all kinds of Lakeland products as well as attractive galleries where local artists exhibit and sell their work. In fact, Cartmel was the home of Helen Bradley, the internationally acclaimed artist. Even the world famous Cartmel Racecourse is just behind the Square. With meetings held on the Spring and Summer Bank Holiday weekends. Other events are held in the racecourse park throughout the year, with Cartmel Agricultural Show, falling in early August, a highlight.
For holidays, Cartmel has almost everything anyone could want. Accommodation ranges from luxury country house hotels to small, comfortable guest houses, award winning holiday cottages, as well as caravan parks from where the whole of the Lake District, the Kent and Lune Valleys and the Yorkshire Dales can be explored with ease. Holker Hall, one of the north’s best known historic houses and the Lakeland Motor Museum incorporating the Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition, are literally down the road. The pleasant seaside town of Grange-over-Sands is merely up and over the fell. Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, with all their attractions, can be reached in less than half an hour.
For those who enjoy the outdoors there is fishing, riding and golf available, while the nearby sands of Morecombe Bay, home to a large variety of wildfowl and shore birds, are a naturalist's delight. For walkers, the unspoilt countryside offers a variety of interesting and not too strenuous routes.
Cartmel, the perfect holiday destination is only minutes from the M6 and well worth a visit, at any time of the year. We look forward to seeing you soon!