Flookburgh is an ancient village on the Cartmel peninsula, a little over 3 miles from Grange-over-Sands. By car, it takes less than 10 minutes to travel between Flookburgh and Grange on the B5277.

Catching fish and other seafood has been an essential part of life in Flookburgh since time immemorial, and people still venture out onto the sands here to catch cockle and shrimp. A cockle is an edible, marine bivalve mollusc that lives buried in sediment.

Short facts

Coordinates 54.174°N 2.972°W
Civil parish Lower Holker
Post town Grange-over-Sands
District South Lakeland
Shire country Cumbria
Region North West England
Dialing code 015395
Emergency services Police: Cumbria Constabulary

Fire service: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Ambulance: North West Ambulance Service

The name

The name Flookburgh is believed to have Norwegian roots, being derived from the Norse name Flugga. Flookburgh would then mean Flugga’s town.

Another, less likely, an explanation is that the town is named after the flatfish Fluke (Platichthys flesus, the European flounder).

Caravan tourism

FlookburghA number of large caravan sites are located in the area.


The North West Parachute Centre, which is associated with the British Parachute Association, is located at the Cark Airfield in Flookburgh. The centre provides courses in Tandem skydiving, Accelerated freefall, and the Ram Air Progression System.

Annual Steam Gathering

The Annual Steam Gathering takes place at the Cark airfield each year.

Lakeland Leisure Park

The Lakeland Leisure Park is located in Flookburgh.

Lakeland Miniature Village & Oriental Garden

The Lake Miniature Village & Oriental Garden contains miniature houses built from local Coniston slate. The assortment includes typical homes and farm buildings from the history of the Lakeland District. Notably, the home of Beatrix Potter is represented. All buildings have been handmade by Edward Robinson.

Visiting season is March through October.

Address: Winder Lane, The Coach House, Flookburgh

Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding

Flookburgh is where the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is made.

Cartmel Sticky toffee pudding consists of a very moist sponge cake that contains finely chopped dates and is covered in toffee sauce. This pudding is typically served with vanilla ice-cream or custard.

The original recipe for Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding was developed by Francis Coulson and Robert Lee for the Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in the Lake District in the 1970s, although another version of sticky toffee pudding existed prior to this. Patricia Martin did, for instance, make and serve sticky toffee pudding at her country hotel, albeit not with the toffee sauce version developed by Coulson and Lee. Ultimately, the idea of sticky toffee pudding is believed to be of Canadian origin.