Cartmel Village – Top 30 Unspoilt Village

24th June 2024

Cartmel village has been included in The Telegraph’s list of ‘Britain’s 30 greatest unspoilt villages’

The Telegraph wrote:-

“Britain has no shortage of eye-catching villages, but a combination of good looks, convenience for day trippers and a few influential endorsements can be enough to turn what was once a peaceful retreat into an overtourism battleground inundated with selfie stick-wielding tourists from April till October.

For the Cotswolds, think Castle Combe and Bourton-on-the-Water; for Cornwall, there’s Polperro and Mousehole – all now exist largely to serve tourists, not residents.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of beautiful but uncrowded British villages that do retain their authentic character, where medieval pubs and churches remain the beating heart of the community, and where welcoming shopkeepers stock treats from local producers. Here are 30 of the best, chosen by experts from across the country.”

  1. Cartmel, Cumbria

“Outside the Lake District National Park, this southern Lakeland village is as alluring as any village within. Huddled in the shadow of its 12th-century Priory church are higgledy-piggledy narrow lanes lined with stone cottages, a market square, a cheerily bubbling river and, on the western side, what is surely the country’s most scenic racecourse.

The influence of chef-restaurateur Simon Rogan cannot be ignored: his Michelin-starred restaurants (L’Enclume and Rogan & Co) have elevated the offerings – although both restaurants are so low-key, they are by-passed by the casual observer. Stock up on sticky toffee pudding at the village shop, artisan cheeses at Cartmel Cheeses, local ales at Unsworth’s Yard Brewery and fine wines at the Drinkshop. Elsewhere, there’s an antiquarian bookshop, smart gift shops, a couple of tearooms and, astonishingly, five pubs. Highlights of the church, with its crenelated square belfry tower built, eye-catchingly, at a diagonal across the original tower, include medieval stained glass and misericords.”



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