… original ‘steeplechase’ course is the only racecourse in Britain actually located within a village.
Add these 3 facts together and you have a fabulous event for all the family with a funfair, country stalls and a great Lake District atmosphere.
Horse racing enthusiasts and people after a great day out travel from near and far for these great social gathering and the spectacle and atmosphere provide a great fun day out for everyone.
The National Hunt (jump) racing at the sharp and narrow left handed oval course is quite different from other courses with the home straight veering off the course and dissecting the main oval to give a thrilling finish for the crowds on either side of the run-in/finish straight which is unique to Cartmel and is the longest in the country at just over 4 furlongs.
The steeplechase course has 6 fences which include an open ditch and a water jump and this spectacular event is set against the backdrop of the stunning Lake District fells and mountains.
On race days, the crowds start arriving quite early and as the atmosphere builds around the whole village, Cartmel square becomes a very special place to be with plenty of watering holes in the medieval square. The choice includes a very stylish cafe-Cartmel Coffee, the newly re-opened Priory Hotel & bar along with the existing 2 pubs-the Royal Oak and the Kings Arms both of which have had major makeovers in the last couple of years.
On race days, vehicle access through the village centre and square is restricted to coaches and race horses in their horse boxes, the latter creating a bit of curiosity from the people sipping their drinks outside the pubs-”I wonder what horse is in that box arriving so late?”
The 2015 racing fixtures are as follows:-
• Bank Holiday Monday 25th of May – afternoon meeting
• Wednesday 27th of May – afternoon meeting
• Friday 26th of June – afternoon meeting
• Sunday 28th of June – afternoon meeting
• Saturday 18th of July – afternoon meeting
• Monday 20th of July – afternoon meeting
• Saturday 29th of August – afternoon meeting
• Bank Holiday Monday 31st August – afternoon meeting
We have 2 luxury holiday cottages in Cark in Cartmel that are peacefully located away from the crowds that swell Cartmel around race meetings but are still just a 20 minute walk through the woods to the racecourse. Alternatively, you can jump on the regular shuttle bus that does the 5 minute journey between the 2 villages. See our Cark-in-Cartmel cottages
We also have another cottage in Allithwaite which is also just a mile away from Cartmel. See our Allithwaite cottage
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