Even without a lake or literary connection to speak of, Cartmel still packs a punch for a place so small, its major attraction the 800 year old Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael.

Gathered around it is a pretty place of narrow streets and 17th and 18th-century stone buildings, with a cobbled market square, a 14th century priory gatehouse, the River Eea slipping modestly through the centre and a racecourse just outside.

In the last few years Cartmel has become something of a food lovers’ destination, home to two of Simon Rogan’s restaurants (L’Enclume and Rogan & Co), a cheesemonger, a small brewery and a specialist food shop where Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding used to be made. 

Not far away is Grange-over-Sands which before the coming of the railway in the 1850s, was simply a collection of four hamlets: Kents Bank, Cart Lane, Grange and Blawith. 



Cartmel Village Society website: www.cartmel.org

Cartmel website: www.cartmelvillage.com

Grange-over-Sands website: www.grangeoversandstowncouncil.gov.uk

Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership website: www.morecambebaynature.org.uk

Train. Cark station is on the Furness Line (www.furnessline.co.uk) between Barrow and Carnforth/Lancaster. Cark station is about 2.5 miles (4km) from Cartmel. Grange-over-Sands station is also on the Furness Line. 

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