Cartmel - history and horseracing
This historic Cumbrian village boasts unique views over the fells, a 12th Century Mediaval Priory Church and a prime South Lakeland location. The village square is bordered by 16th-18th century buildings and has won both Cumbria in Bloom and Britain in Bloom titles, so gardeners might envy some of the displays. History buffs can visit the Heritage Centre in the Cartmel Priory Gatehouse. Cartmel Racecourse holds National Hunt jump racing - hurdles and steeplechase. The small, picturesque course has a distinctive home straight that veers off and dissects the main oval.
Indulge your tastebuds...
The Cartmel Village Shop is famous for its sticky toffee pudding, while Unsworth's Yard Brewery should be the next stop-off point - open for visitors to come and taste its fine cask ales. Cartmel Cheeses has speciality hard, soft and blue cheeses, while Mallard Tea Shop bakes its own cakes and also does sandwiches, toasties and baked potatoes. For a treat, try two-star Michelin chef Simon Rogan's more informal, relaxed neighbourhood restaurant Rogan & Co.
Take in the glorious scenery
Walkers can take in the sights across Cartmel Fell, with Lake Windemere and Coniston Water a little further out by car. If you prefer the seaside why not visit Grange-over-Sands? For something a little different, try a trip with Lakeland Segway - there's an easy route around the scenic Holker estate and an adventure tour for more experienced riders through ancient woodland. Planning a trip to Cartmel? The Travelodge Kendal Hotel is just 10 miles away.