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Cartmel is one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District – famed for quaint country cottages and old-worlde feel. It occupies a unique location on the Cartmel peninsula, just 7 miles from Windermere and a short distance from the coast.

As you walk along the cobbled streets and take in the spectacular scenery it feels as if you’ve been transported back in time. The peaceful setting is the perfect place to while away a leisurely afternoon, admiring the pretty architecture and watching the wildlife on the river.

River Eea, Cartmel

Things to do in Cartmel

Despite its small size, there is plenty to see and do in cartmel, so it’s well worth a visit during your touring or glamping break at Skelwith.

Cartmel Priory

Cartmel Priory is place of worship and an important pilgrimage site. It is situated in the heart of the village, rising above the beautiful cottages and narrow winding streets. The building dates back more than 800 years and boast impressive carvings and spectacular stained-glass windows. A service is held here every Sunday and guided tours offering an insight into its history are available on Wednesday afternoons.

cartmel priory

Cartmel Racecourse

Cartmel Racecourse is the most popular attraction in this picture-perfect village. It is widely considered one of the most scenic venues in the UK, flanked by beautiful England countryside and Lakeland fells.

A number of meets are held here each year, attracting revellers looking for a fun-filled day out. The race course follows a traditional steeple chase format, with 6 hurdles as well as 4 obstacle course. There are just 9 fixtures in the racing calendar, including the Cumbria Crystal Cup. It’s a fantastic day for racing enthusiasts.

Lakeland Segway

If you’re feeling adventurous book a session with Lakeland Segway during your day trip to Cartmel. This popular activity won the ‘Best Experience in Cumbria’ at the Cumbria Tourism Awards and is suitable for young at heart adults and intrepid kids.

The Cartmel tour takes you on a scenic ride by Cartmel Racecourse and the Holker Estate. You’ll learn how to safely manoeuvre your Segway and the team will help you master the basics in no time at all.

Food and drink

Cartmel is considered a top foodie destination with visitors flocking to the village to sample it’s the top-class pubs and restaurants. There’s a selection of eateries to suit all tastes and budgets, including Simon Rogan’s, fine dining restaurant L’enclume, which has been awarded two Michelin stars and voted the top dining experience in the UK.

l'enclume micheline star restaurant

During your day trip to Cartmel we suggest taking some time to visit the village shop to pick up some local produce. Here you will find authentic sticky toffee pudding – a must try during your trip. We also recommend trying Hales of Cartmel an artisan Chocolatier and Unnsworths Yard Brewery.

Getting to Cartmel

Cartmel is situated in the Southern Lakes around 45 minutes’ drive from Skelwith Fold Caravan and Glamping Park.

There is plenty of pay and display car parking near the race course, which is just a short walk from the village itself.

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