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Cartmel

Cartmel is a picturesque village in the southern Lake District and is an excellent base for exploring its quaint shops, historic Priory and Holker Hall and Gardens. Cartmel also appeals to food lovers, being the home of the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and delightful independent artisan shops.

The village has welcomed visitors from its early monastic days and continues the tradition today, especially during the summer racing season when the market square is the focus for lively socialising.

Book Your Stay

 
Beech Hill Hotel

Beech Hill Hotel

Hotel with 57 rooms, £84-£358 prpnb

High Dale Park Barn

High Dale Park Barn

Self-catering with 2 units, £250-£688 pupw sleeps 2-6

Pine Tops

Pine Tops

Self-catering with 2 units, £300-£550 pupw sleeps 2

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £70-£90 prpnb

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Holiday Park with 8 units, £265-£680 pupw sleeps 2-4

Knott View Barn

Knott View Barn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £780-£1995 pupw sleeps 1-11

Old Barn Farm

Old Barn Farm

Guest House with 3 rooms, £32-£43 pppnb

Number 43 guest lounge

Number 43

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £90-£185 prpnb

Hill Crest Country Guest House

Hill Crest Country Guest House

Guest House with 3 rooms, £36-£55 pppnb

The Hayloft kitchen

The Hayloft

Self-catering with 1 unit, £360-£1000 pupw sleeps 6-7

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Self-catering with 3 units, £275-£385 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Knoll Country House

The Knoll Country House

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £150-£250 prpn, £80-£165 prpnb

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £330-£470 pupw sleeps 4-5

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

Individual Caravan with 2 units, £275-£385 pupw sleeps 4

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £245-£575 pupw sleeps 1-6

The Cross Keys

The Cross Keys

Inn with 9 rooms, £33-£70 pppnb

Damson Dene Hotel

Damson Dene Hotel

Hotel with 40 rooms, £39-£80 pppnb

The Lyth Valley Country Inn

The Lyth Valley Country Inn

Hotel with 9 rooms, £150-£300 prpnb

Crosslands Farm

Crosslands Farm

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £78 pppnb

1 Laurel Court

Laurel Court

Self-catering with 5 units, £80-£500 pupn sleeps 1-12

Wyndcliffe

Wyndcliffe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£700 pupn sleeps 6-13

Spring Bank Cottage

Spring Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£540 pupw sleeps 2-6

Birslack Grange Cottage

Birslack Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £270-£350 pupw sleeps 1-2

Woodlands Hotel

Woodlands Country House Hotel

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £45-£49 pppnb

Things to do

What's on

 
 
Wedding Fayre

Sun 2 Apr 2017

Newby Bridge

 
 
 
Latterbarrow Volunteers

Wed 5 Apr 2017

Grange-over-Sands

 
 

Surrounding Area

Flookburgh Steam Gathering, Grange
Field Broughton, Cartmel
Meathop, Cartmel
Grange Coast, Cartmel

Culture and Heritage

Cartmel Village
Holker Hall, Cartmel
Cartmel Priory
Although the Romans under Agricola crossed the sands on their campaign to subjugate the Brigantian tribes of northern Britain, there is no evidence of settled occupation in the Cartmel peninsula.

Around 678 AD, the Cartmel peninsula was granted to St Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, by King Egfrith of Northumberland for the establishment of a monastery. An early church dedicated to St Cuthbert was built at Kirkhead near Allithwaite, although nothing now remains of the structure. It was not until 1189 that an enduring ecclesiastical presence was established with the founding of Cartmel Priory next to the River Eea (pronounced ‘Ay’).

Farming and fishing were the mainstays of life for the local population, ably supported by the monks of Cartmel Priory. Limestone was crushed and burned to produce quicklime for spreading on the fields to ‘sweeten’ the grass, woods provided coppice timber for agricultural implements and for charcoal burning, oats were grown, and the sea and rivers yielded good supplies of fish. The monks stored their grain at Grange (from the French word ‘graunge’ meaning ‘granary’) and may have had a small harbour here. The famous Cartmel Races are said to date back to monastic times, as part of the Whitsuntide celebrations. The priory was at the heart of community life, until it was largely destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII in 1536. An appeal by the villagers to keep the church as a place of worship for the parish was granted, thus saving this impressive church (and the gatehouse) for posterity.

Up to the mid-19th century, the only viable link between the peninsula and the rest of the country was over the sands of Morecambe Bay at low tide. Individuals on foot or travelling by horse and cart would regularly make the perilous journey, fraught with danger from swift incoming tides, unsuspected quicksands or changing river currents. A guide appointed by the abbot of Cartmel Priory would conduct travellers from Kents Bank to Hest Bank near Bolton-le-Sands (9 miles/14.5 km).
Holker Hall, Cartmel

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