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Cartmel Village

cartmel village

Step into the chocolate-box village of Cartmel and discover an idyllic Lake District location, steeped in a rich history. Take a stroll through the cute cottage-lined streets of this medieval village which is embedded with centuries of English heritage. There’s an abundance of things to do in Cartmel Village, from spending a day at Cartmel Racecourse, to taking the time to savouring the renowned Cartmel sticky toffee pudding. And of course, you could while away hours browsing the Cartmel shops for gifts and souvenirs. You’ll soon see why it’s one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District.

cartmel village lake district
Cartmel Village

Famed for its 12th century priory, Cartmel in the Lake District not only has many historical sites to explore but is also the perfect place to enjoy a host of outdoor activities. Explore Cartmel Village and its surroundings on a walk from Cartmel to Grange-over-Sands where you’ll enjoy glorious views out to sea and across to the majestic peaks of Dow Crag and The Old Man of Coniston. You can also visit the Hampsfell Hospice which was built in 1846 by the Vicar of Cartmel. On the roof of the Hospice, you’ll find a summit viewfinder that tells you which fell you’re looking at.

Cartmel Priory

Walks from Cartmel

If you don’t want to take the 14-mile circular route from Cartmel to Grange-Over-Sands, there are many other great walks you can enjoy, beginning at Cartmel Village.

  • Hampsfell
  • Eggerslack Woods
  • Cark to the Priory at Cartmel

Things to do in Cartmel

If hiking the fells isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other things to do in at Cartmel.

  • Cartmel Racecourse – not your typical racecourse, this plays host to not only horse racing and jumping, but also a family funfair and a DJ. You can even bring your own picnic or barbecue to enjoy.
  • Dining – foodies flock to Cartmel to sample the world-class dining where you can experience everything from silver service to country pub grub.
  • Cartmel Priory – discover the history of this medieval priory, located at the very heart of the village.
  • Cartmel Village Shop – If you’ve fallen in love with the taste of Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, then you’ll want to visit the village shop to stock up on it for when you return home. Apart from the renowned sticky toffee pudding, the shop also sells puddings and crumbles – perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
  • Holker Hall and Gardens
  • The Heritage Centre
Cartmel village in the lake district
Cartmel Village Shop

Outdoor activities in Cartmel

Lovers of the great outdoors can enjoy the countryside in all its glory while equestrian fanatics can take a tour of the village and beyond on horseback, or even in a horse drawn carriage. Alternatively, get to grips with a Segway and take a tour on wheels around the local countryside. However you choose to explore, you’ll soon discover that Cartmel is one of the prettiest villages in England.

Cartmel cottages and dog friendly places to stay in cartmel


Cartmel Cottages and Dog Friendly Places to Stay

If you’re visiting the area with your furry friend, browse the selection of dog friendly places to stay and cottages in Cartmel.

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