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One of the prettiest villages in all of Cumbria, Cartmel is a picture-postcard destination, with a delightful olde-worlde feel and a fine collection of inns, artisan shops and cute cottages. Cartmel is a foodie paradise, boasting some of the finest dining in the country. This is an experience to be savoured over a 4-hour period of pure heaven.
This is when food becomes pure theatre and the most impeccable and luscious art. Vegans and vegetarians are given lots of delicious options to choose from, as are those looking for Gluten Free. And all this can be enjoyed with pretty views looking out over the village, or to Cartmel Priory.
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Some restaurants have a country house feel, where diners will be greeted personally by the owner, which is always a lovely touch. Local dishes are presented from succulent, local lamb to delicious Cartmel tart. Cartmel has an abundance of delightful cafes to try out with wonderful home-baked treats in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. Some cafes have food shops downstairs offering local cheeses, beers, jams and potted shrimps to purchase and take home with you, while upstairs you can sit in a window seat overlooking the village square whilst sipping your coffee and sampling one of the many home-baked treats.
Sunday lunch is very popular too and is often great value.
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In the warmer months you can sit in the Beer gardens, giving lovely views over the village and across the fields. An early church dedicated to St Cuthbert was built at Kirkhead near Allithwaite, although nothing now remains of the structure. Locals eked out a living with farming and fishing, with the monks lending a helping hand. 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 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 midth 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. Flookburgh - Flookburgh, to the west, was once an important fishing and market garden centre. Fishermen still go out on a daily basis to fish for shrimps, cockles, mussels and flukes flatfish ; the latter earning the village its name.
Field Broughton - North of Cartmel is Field Broughton, a pastoral village that still has a well-preserved pinfold. Meathop - Further east is the isolated hamlet of Meathop established around one of the first sanatoriums in the country. Grange-over-Sands - Grange retains much elegance from its Edwardian heyday, with ornamental gardens, attractive shopping arcades and a sea-front promenade for relaxing walks.
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Fly casting tuition for trout and salmon guided days. Boat fishing for pike perch and trout at…. Watching the sun go down over Morecambe Bay is the stuff memories are made of. A wonderful six-bedroom end-terrace house situated in the picturesque Edwardian town of Grange-over-Sands with partial views over the Morecambe Bay Estuary.
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For horse lovers of any age, spend time with one of our beautiful Friesian horses and share a self-catering stable for the night! Wycombe Holiday Flats are known for their comfort, facilities, situation, panoramic views and good value. Grange-over-Sands' mild climate and relative dryness make it an ideal venue for Lakeland holidays throughout the year. A way-marked route with generous cut-offs; it makes a great introduction to longer races or a fast, low level option for experienced racers.
A prestigious location, acres of tranquil, rural countryside and the very heart of the Lake District on its doorstep; Old Park Wood is an unrivalled private holiday park offering residents their very own luxurious, Cumbrian retreat. Beautiful secluded setting. Great food. Great value. Friendly staff. A real hidden gem. View our 5-star Trip Advisor reviews. Within the county of Cumbria the Lake District is a unique landscape of beautiful lakes and forests, set against a backdrop of mountains and fells that have inspired poets, writers and artists for centuries.
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X6 Barrow - Grange - Kendal. Cartmel Priory has been described as the medieval jewel among churches, making a lasting impression on the visitor, standing over the village and giving an idea of the way early priories must have dominated their surroundings. Peter's is an outstanding example of the decorated style of architecture, with its warm red sandstone and distinctive shingled spire and clay tiled roof, an unusual feature in the Lake District.
My Planner To build your own Itinerary, click to add an item to your Itinerary basket. Already saved an Itinerary? Site Search. Surrounding Areas Flookburgh - Flookburgh, to the west, was once an important fishing and market garden centre. Did you know? The talented Edward Robinson has created an impressive collection of miniature buildings hand-made out of local slate and set in naturalistic surroundings.
Founded in by Augustinian canons and threatened with destruction after the Dissolution of the Monasteries Act inthe church survived to become the parish church. The limestone plateau of Hampsfell is one of the highest points on the Cartmel peninsula at ft m high and commands extensive sea and fell views in all directions. Famed for its Sticky Toffee Pudding, the village shop is an all-year-round destination for food-lovers from far and wide.