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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.
Morecambe Bay
Arnside
Arnside

Arnside & Milnthorpe

From being a quiet fishing village, Arnside began to develop as a resort in the 19th century, with pleasure boats sailing from Morecambe and Fleetwood.
Barrow in Furness
Barrow in Furness

Barrow, Askam & Dalton in Furness

This Victorian town has a proud heritage of production and innovation founded on the ready availability of local coal and iron ore supplies.
Cartmel
Cartmel

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.
Grange Over Sands
Grange Over Sands

Grange over Sands

Grange-over-Sands has long enjoyed the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, and became a fashionable seaside resort once the railway arrived in the 1850s.
Ulverston
Ulverston

Ulverston

This festival capital of Furness combines special events with an assortment of specialist shops, cosy pubs, traditional markets and cultural hotspots.

Book Your Stay

 
High Dale Park Barn

High Dale Park Barn

Self-catering with 2 units, £155-£698 pupw sleeps 2-6

Pine Tops

Pine Tops

Self-catering with 2 units, £320-£565 pupw sleeps 2

Beech Hill Hotel

Beech Hill Hotel

Hotel with 57 rooms, £120-£394 prpnb

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

Pomona Bed & Breakfast

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

Knott View Barn

Knott View Barn

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

Number 43 guest lounge

Number 43

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

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Wycombe Holiday Flats

Self-catering with 3 units, £365-£385 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Wheatsheaf Inn

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Restaurant with Rooms with 7 rooms, £100-£120 pppnb, £70-£120 prpnb

Longlands Farm Cottage living room

Longlands Farm Cottage

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

Wych Elm Caravans

Wych Elm Caravans

Individual Caravan with 2 units, £295-£385 pupw sleeps 4

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe exterior

Wych Elm Bungalow Annexe

Self-catering with 1 unit, £335-£475 pupw sleeps 4-5

1 Laurel Court

Laurel Court

Self-catering with 5 units, £90-£400 pupn sleeps 1-12

Crosslands Farm

Crosslands Farm

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £80 pppnb

Birslack Grange Cottage

Birslack Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £280-£370 pupw sleeps 1-2

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

The Lakeside Hotel and Spa

Hotel with 75 rooms, £109-£117 pppn

Damson Dene Hotel

Damson Dene Hotel

Hotel with 40 rooms, £39-£80 pppnb

The Hayloft kitchen

The Hayloft

Self-catering with 1 unit, £335-£1100 pupw sleeps 6-7

Sunset Cottage

Sunset Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £310-£550 pupw sleeps 1-4

Netherwood Hotel

Netherwood Hotel

Hotel with 34 rooms, £50-£80 pppnb

Coachman's Cottage living area

The Old Stables

Self-catering with 3 units, £260-£580 pupw sleeps 1-6

The Lyth Valley Country Inn

The Lyth Valley Country Inn

Hotel with 9 rooms, £150-£300 prpnb

Howbarrow Farm Cottage

Howbarrow Farm

Self-catering with 2 units, £299-£475 pupw sleeps 1-2

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park

Holiday Park with 8 units, £310-£680 pupw sleeps 2-4

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Lumley Fee Bunkhouse

Bunkhouse with 5 bedspaces, £55-£120 pppnb

Things to do

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There are a variety of events taking place in Cartmel and the surrounding areas over the year. Why dont you check out the calendar and see what's on while you're here?

For events happening around the county, click below for our What's On page.

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Surrounding Areas

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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