Cartmel – a picturesque village in the South Lakes nestled on the edge of the Lake District, dominated by the famous 12th century Priory. As well as visiting the historic Priory, Cartmel is also famous for Sticky Toffee Pudding and claims the shortest racecourse in the country. 

Having been brought up in the village, the rural location allowed my family to pursue our hobby of showing ponies, benefitting from the wonderful lanes and bridleways on which we ride. One of my favourite things would be to ride around Holker Park and the neighbouring woodlands, where there are miles of footpaths and bridleways. 

Cartmel boosts some wonderful eateries from the two Michelin starred L’Enclume and the starred sister restaurant Rogan & Co to a more recent venue Oscars where fine wines and award winning local cheeses are served. If locally brewed ales are your taste, Unsworth’s brewery offers a fabulous selection. In addition to this there are four further country pubs and perfect places for coffee and cake.  

The properties in and around Cartmel range from modern new builds to properties located next to the Priory Church, thought to have been built by the Monks who called the church their home. Like so many villages, agriculture and the local farms shape the landscape, there are several dairy, beef and sheep farms within the vicinity. 

With my equestrian hobby, another place of interest for those like minded would be The Black Horses. Situated just outside the village, this wonderful farm is home to beautiful Friesian horses where visitors can take a ride in a horse drawn carriage around the village and surrounding lanes, or better still ride one of the magnificent horses. 

Cartmel is close to the major trunk road, the A590, and just 20 minutes away from J36 on the M6 – anywhere is accessible! Also being 15 minutes from the base of Windermere, the Lake District is at our fingertips. 

I often ask myself the question ‘Would I like to live somewhere else?’ Certainly, at the moment the answer is quite simply no.

Authored by

Sophie Barker


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