What to see in Cartmel

The Priory whether religious or not it's worth a visit if not for it's 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.