Cartmel Horse Racing
Cartmel Medieval Priory

Welcome to Cartmel

Welcome to the official website for the vibrant historic village of Cartmel. This unspoilt village is situated in a quiet valley in one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Cartmel has once again triumphed, for the third year running, at Cumbria in Bloom 2016 winning a number of prestigious awards. Click here for all the news...

Offering stunning views of the South Lakeland District fells and countryside, Cartmel has grown up around its famous 12th Century medieval Priory Church. It is a special place where ancient history and tradition mingle effortlessly with the present day.

Although steeped in history, Cartmel is not trapped in time and the village offers today's visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, eateries and places to stay.

Around the village square you will discover a delightful assortment of genuine 16th - 18th century buildings providing, as they have for centuries, friendly inns, well stocked shops and private dwellings.

Download the 2017 Cartmel Village leaflet HERE.

View the e-edition of Living Lake District magazine with features on The Rusland Movement and Cartmel's Black Horses Friesians and much more HERE.

We are urging villagers to get involved with a Town Development Study and give feedback to suggested ways of improving important areas of development including parking, access and signage. Visit the CTI page to view the detailed plan, Newsletter, and to fill in a feedback form.

South Lakeland’s Finest...

Peruse this website to discover the many treasures, activities and attractions on offer when you visit Cartmel. Whenever you decide to visit we guarantee you a warm and friendly welcome.

Take time to visit this medieval village, which has won numerous Cumbria in Bloom and Britain In Bloom awards. It's also fascinating to explore the limestone pavements and surrounding landscape that reaches out to meet the sands of Morecambe Bay on the edge of the Furness Peninsula.

Described by Chris Evans as a 'Thimble full of diamonds', Cartmel has been awarded numerous prizes at Cumbria in Bloom 2016. Following Mr Evans talking about his love for Cartmel on his Radio 2 breakfast show hits to this website rose from 3,000 hits a month to over a staggering 10,000 hits in August 2014.

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Cartmel Village Society and Cartmel Priory CofE School have worked together to ensure that the use of a defibrillator, often referred to as an AED (automated external defibrillator), will be available to all the pupils and residents of Cartmel, and also to the visitors who attend the many events held in the village each year.


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Guild of Cartmel Traders

This website and other promotional activites are funded by an enthusiastic group of Cartmel businesses within a 3 mile radius of the village, who work together in partnership.

The Guild of Cartmel Traders Committee, elected in November 2010

Chairman, Colin Burke
Vice Chairman, Richard English, Cavendish Arms - 015395 36240
Treasurer, Pam Atkinson, Cartmel Racecourse - 015395 36340
Secretary, Sandy Kitching, Early Bird Design - 015395 36110
Tim Leader, The Scouts - 015395 33270
Martin Gott, Cartmel Cheeses - 015395 32845
Jonathan Garratt, Cartmel Racecourse - 015395 36340
Andrew Walmsley, The Larch Tree - 015395 36275
Steve Chamberlain, Chamberlains’ Gifts - 015395 33252

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See more photos of the 2014 Cartmel Show on our Facebook page

  Cartmel Show 2014  

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Cartmel Show 2015

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Witherslack Horse Show 2015

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Cartmel Food Market

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Hales Chocolates

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Greenbank Farm B&B

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Edible Britain

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Simon Rogan

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Black Horses carriage rides

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Cartmel Show 2013

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