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 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.
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.
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.