Cartmel is one of the Lakes best kept secrets, described by one visitor "Cartmel is like a Fortnums' hamper, you open the lid and the more you look, the better it gets!"
WHAT TO SEE IN CARTMEL
The Priory, whether religious or not it's worth a visit, if not for its' magnificent stonework, setting and history, then just to see the burnt pews posts. which date back to the Reformation.
The National Hunt Racecourse, which on bank holidays hosts over 20,000 visitors for a fun day out. Owned by Lord Cavendish it is set in parkland and is the starting point of many beautiful walks.
Cartmel Village has a central square dominated by a magnificent gothic arch, which was originally part of the Priory wall.
The river Ea runs through the village and the bridge and cottage beside it, is one of the most photographed and painted views of the Lake District.
A must see for the children to feed the ducks. Walk from the park up the old Cistercian Way and then on up Howbarrow (45mins. Reaching the trig point at the top you'll be met with a breathtaking 360 degree view, from the North Lakes fells, to Blackpool Tower and the Pennines to Peil Island off Barrow-in-Furness.
WHAT TO DO;
In the immediate vicinity of Cartmel, there are 2 golf courses, 2 trekking centres, childrens farm, fishing, parachute jumping, bird watching (peregrins), steam train trips, Windermere steamer trips, freshwater aquarium, craft and antique fairs, shooting, tennis, swimming, bowls, or just sit in one of the pub gardens and chill out.
EATING OUT IN CARTMEL
Cartmel has become a gourmets' heaven; in the village there is a Michelin Star restaurant, a wine bar and restaurant, 3 excellent pubs, all offering different fayre, a Bistro and 2 cafes.
No need for a car, which is just as well, since there is a large selection of real ales and fine wines on offer here in the village.
En-suite ground floor rooms with own entrance.
Modern boutique style.
Calsfell B&B Sign
Disabled Facilities: There are no disabled facilities. Ground floor rooms, ramped access, no steps.
En-suite with wetroom.
Pet Facilities: Pets are allowed. By arrangemaent. No pets to be left in rooms alone.
Special Diets Provision: Special diets are catered for.
Smoking Facilities: Smoking is not allowed. Outside on patio.
Leave the M6 at junction 36 heading for Grange-over-Sands and Ulverston on the A590:
After the Grange turn off - Cartmel is clearly signposted to the left at the top of a long steep hill.
On entering the village pass the Spar on your right, continue and pass the secondary school on your left.
At the next junction turn left and Calsfell View is the second house on the left.
There are two parking spaces against the wall, please reverse park for safety when leaving.