It is a medieval village and the market square still has its fish slabs where "flukes" better known as flounders would be displayed for sale.
Cartmel is a peaceful pretty village where the pace of life is gentle except for when Cartmel has its race days!
There are winding streets,shops and pubs particularly The Cavendish Arms plus a well renowned Michelin star restaurant L'Enclume.
The Priory or Church of St Mary is 800 years old having survived the dissolution and bread is still left in the building for the poor of the parish.
Holker Hall is nearby as is the town of Grange over Sands and the shores of Morecambe Bay are never far away.
August sees the annual village show
Cartmel holds race meetings several times a year.
High And Low Newton
The villages are essentially one village really and until recently they were astride a dangerous stretch of the A590 on the road to Newby Bridge.
Thankfully they have now been bypassed and are a real joy to visit with some splendid walks over Cartmel Fell with great views.
The hub of the village is the Crown At High Newton a lovely pub which we visited recently. It is a Freehold pub with a wide selection of ales and fine food.
After a lunch at the Crown you should visit Yew Tree Barn which is a treasure trove of architectural salvage, Cumbrian artisan work including jewellery, furniture restoration and photography plus a gallery full of arts and crafts of which many are Cumbrian made. There is also the Hat Trick Cafe serving a great selection of coffees, teas and snacks.
Flookburgh is full of charm and with a couple of pubs and an interesting history as a fishing village it is well worth a visit.
The old airfield is used for the Cumbria Steam gathering in July each year and the village has an attraction called
Duckys Park Farm which is great for kids of all ages.
Morecambe Bay Potted shrimps used to be a speciality here and Furness fish & Game have a factory style outlet on the road down to the airfield.
Cark is another little village close to the Holker Hall Estate with its historic house and grounds. It is home to the Cavendish family and there is a fine tea room and shop there.
Holker has a garden festival in summer which is always popular.
The pub to go to is The Engine Inn Cark which is a cracking pub with great food visited by Michael Portillo on his railway journeys programme.