The village Cartmel is found roughly 2.2 miles (3.5 km) north-west of Grage-over-Sands, and many Lake District vacationers pay a visit to both villages during their stay in the area.
You can take the train to Cartmel. The railway station, named Cark and Cartmel, is located on the Furness Line from Barrow-in-Furness to Lancaster.
In the medieval chronicle “Histories”, written by the monk Simeon of Durham, Cartmel is mentioned – with the spelling Ceartmel. The name is derived from kartr and melr, which means “sandbank by rocky ground”.
A priory was founded here in 1190 by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. Today, the old priory church serves as a Church of England parish church.
The Cartmel Alpacas
Adress: Greenbank Lane, Cartmel
Hang out with, feed and pet a group of friendly alpacas and learn more about these fascinating creatures from the knowledgeable guides.
The Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a species of South American camelid, closely related to the llama, vicuña and guanaco. The native range for the alpaca is the Andes Mountains where they live at high altitudes, from circa 3,500 meters above sea level.
The Cartmel Racecourse
Horse racing has been taking place in Cartmel since the mid-19th century. Today, the spirit of the old steeplechases is very much alive here, attracting crowds who gather to enjoy the races. Picnics are common, but restaurant dining is also an option. The atmosphere is social, relaxed and multi-generational.
The Cartmel Racecourse is located approximately 20 minutes by car from Junction 36 of the M6 motorway, via the A590. Follow the signs toward Barrow and Ulverston until you reach the turn-off for High Newton and Cartmel Priory. During event days, there is usually special signage for the racecourse from there.
Adress: Unsworths Yard, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6PG, England
Unsworth’s Yard Brewery is a microbrewery with a tasting room and shop. Their courtyard is a lovely place to enjoy some traditional ale. As a bonus, shops such as Hotwines and Cartmel Cheeses & Bakehouse are all located around the same courtyard.
Cartmel Cheeses & Bakehouse
This specialist cheese shop sells a wide range of cheeses, with a strong focus on British ones. Fresh bread is also available. On Friday and Saturday evenings, they make pizza.
Hotwine sells wines, spirits and liqueurs, and have a lot of interesting choices available for tasting. The assortment includes plenty of hard-to-get items such as small regional liquors, single estate wines and artisan alcoholic products.
Founded in 2002, L’Enclume is a modern British restaurant with 2 Michelin stars and 5 AA Rosettes. It attracts foodies and wealthy dinners from all over the country. A friend of mine who make a living day trading told me that L’Enclume had the best pork he ever has eaten. That is high praise coming from him because he spends a lot of time every year visiting Michelin star restaurants.
A lot of the ingredients are from the chef’s own farm and orchard, which are located nearby. The assortment of locally produced ingredients include vegetables, fruits, herbs, edible flowers, chicken, pork, and beef. The restaurant also employs a full-time forager.
L’Enclume serves a 20-course tasting menu with a focus on wild herbs and flowers.
The restaurant is located within what used to be a blacksmith’s workshop, and the name L’Enclume is a reference to this – it means “the anvil” in French.