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 village of narrow streets and 17th and 18th-century stone buildings, with the River Eea slipping modestly through the centre. 

A few steps away is a cobbled market square, complete with water pump, market cross and stone slab where traders used to display their fish. Overlooking the square is the 14th century gatehouse to the old priory which over time has been used as a manorial court, a school and a general store. 

A racecourse here holds six meetings a year, with a Cartmel sticky toffee pudding given to each winning jockey. The pudding used to be made at the village shop. 

In fact Cartmel is now something of a food lovers’ destination, home to Simon Rogan’s renowned restaurant L’enclume, his Rogan & Co, a cheesemonger, a small brewery and a monthly food market.



Grange-over-Sands Tourist Information Centre, Victoria Hall, Main Street, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6DP: 015395 34026. 

Cartmel website: www.cartmelvillage.com

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

Morecambe Bay 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.

Cartmel Food Market: held on the third Friday of the month, apart from January

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