Weavers Cottage is located on the outskirts of Cartmel village therefore offering more peace and quiet than other properties in the centre of the Cartmel.

In the last few years Cartmel has become THE place in Northern England to come to for people who appreciate fining dining and modern European cuisine. This pretty South Lakeland village has several restaurants and 5 pubs that all serve very good food.

Cartmel also has several wonderful cafes, an excellent cheese shop and artisan bakery, a wine shop, a chocolate shop and the world famous Cartmel Village Shop, home to the acclaimed Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding. Oh, did we mention L’Enclume? Britain’s best restaurant!

Cartmel Village Shop

Cartmel Village Shop in the Cartmel Valley

Cartmel Priory

Stunning view of Cartmel Priory

The ‘Good Food Guide’ has rated ‘L’Enclume’ a perfect ‘10 out of 10’ and also rated the restaurant as the ‘best restaurant in the UK for 3 consecutive years!’

In October 2012, L’Enclume became the only restaurant in Northern England to be awarded 2 Michelin stars.

Simon Rogan’s second restaurant in Cartmel is ‘Rogan & Company’ and offers a more relaxed approach to Simon’s cooking serving great locally produced food in the heart of Cartmel village. This ‘more affordable’ restaurant also scores highly in the ‘Good Food Guide’.

Rogan & Co. was awarded a Michelin star in 2018.

There’s lots more information about cartmel Village here>>>

Walks

Cartmel Valley is a great location for people who love walking. The local fells are not high or too steep and the higher Lake District mountains and lakes are only a short drive away.

The Cartmel area is still ‘off the beaten track’ and therefore quieter. You can complete many lovely walks around the area without seeing the crowds than spoil some of the more popular Lake District walks.

There are dozens of walks in and around Cartmel Valley with walks to suit everyone. Choose from gentle strolls through the valley, or walk along the shores of Morecambe Bay or the Prominade at Grange-over-Sands and get your walking boots on and climb up the higher fells in the valley for stunning views across Morecambe Bay and the southern and central Lake District mountains.

Morecambe Bay from Humphrey Head

The view From Humphrey Head across Morecambe Bay

Holker Hall

Holker Hall and Gardens

Local Attractions

Just 2 miles down the valley, just outside Cark in Cartmel is Holker Hall, Cumbria’s premier stately house and home to Lord & Lady Cavendish. Hear you can walk around the extensive parklands and see the herds of deer, rare breed cattle and sheep, visit the stately house and gardens or relax in the Courtyard Café.

Haverthwaite to Lakeside Steam Railway is located 10 minutes’ drive north from our Cartmel Valley cottages. This wonderful,  nostalgic railway runs from Haverthwaite to Lakeside at the foot Lake Windermere and connects you to the awaiting Windermere Lake Steamers. These cruise boats travel the full 10 mile length of England’s longest lake, stopping at Waterhead/Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere.

Lake District Attractions

The Lake District is the largest National Park in England and 2nd largest in the United Kingdom, however it’s quite a compact area at only 32 miles (51 km) from east to west and nearly 40 miles (64 km) from north to south. As a result, all the hundreds of ‘must visit’ Lake District attractions and sights are all easily accessible from our cottage locations.

The Lake District & Cumbria are packed full with famous award-winning attractions. To see our current ‘top 50’ choice, Click Here>>>>

You can see & read more about Cumbria & the Lake District here>>>>

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Morecambe Bay

Misty morning over Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay

Cartmel Valley is part of the ‘Lake District Peninsulas’ where the southern tip of Cumbria meets the spectacular Morecambe Bay.

Morecambe Bay remains one of the last wildernesses in England, a sand plain of over 120 square miles that changes twice each day with the ebbing tide that carves the surface into subtly different forms after each tide. It is an ever changing landscape where infinite variations of sky and cloud change the shade of the water, sand and land.

The vast expanse of sand, marshes & stunning estuaries are a great place to explore & a popular place for bird watchers too.

Cartmel Races

In May, June, July & August Cartmel Racecourse is the spectacular setting for Cartmel races, a fabulous event for all the family with party crowds, a funfair, country stalls and a great Lake District atmosphere.

The ‘steeplechase’ course is the only racecourse in Britain located within a village. The racecourse allow you to have a picnic, bring your dog and even bring your own booze!

The 1st ‘meet’ in June is followed by an evening live music concert with top artists.

Weavers cottage is THE best cottage in Cartmel village for Cartmel Races with it’s 4 off-road parking spaces and a location outside of the ‘restricted village traffic zone’ on race days.

You can read more about Cartmel races here>>>

Cartmel Races

Horse racing at Cartmel 2016

Local Lake District Information Links

 

BEATRIX POTTER AND PETER RABBIT

Beatrix Potter is famous throughout the world and this is the place to experience the best of her legacy. You can learn about the people behind the scenes, meet Peter Rabbit, learn about Beatrix Potter and experience the tales being bought to life.

 

CARTMEL RACES

Cartmel racecourse has the 3rd highest average attendance of any race meeting in the UK (after Ascot and Aintree) yet it is 1 of the smallest race courses in Britain.

People travel from near and far for this great social gathering and the atmosphere that provides a great fun day out for everyone. To top it off, this spectacular event is set against the backdrop of the stunning Lake District fells and mountains.

 

CARTMEL VILLAGE

A historic village in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A regular winner of Cumbria in Bloom ensures it remains as picturesque as ever!

A lovely day out for all ages with many shops, eateries and places to stay including L’Enclume.

 

CISTERCIAN WAY WALK

This two to three day trail follows this ancient trail along Morecambe Bay as well as the Furness and Cartmel penninsulas. Passing through a variety of places in the South-West Lakes including Cartmel, Dalton and Barrow. All areas are of great historic interest.

 

CONISTON LAUNCH LAKE CRUISES

Enjoy a beautiful cruise on Lake Coniston in the Lake District. Choose to stay aboard for the whole cruise or get off and on to explore and walk.

Two special cruise are available: Swallows & Amazon and Campbells on Coniston.

 

CUMBRIAN COASTAL WAY

This coastal path is 182 miles long going from the Cumbrian boundary which edges Lancashire to the Scottish boarders. Known to be one of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain. It can be walked in full over 10-14 days or in sections.

 

HAVERTHWAITE TO LAKESIDE STEAM RAILWAY

This historic branch line offers the chance to ride in a steam train to Lakeside which is the southern point of Lake Windermere.

There is a tea room, gift shop, adventure playground, picnic area and engine shed.

 

HOLEHIRD GARDENS

“A Lakeland garden for all seasons” overlooking Lake Windermere which also sells plants and between May-September offers free guided walks.

 

HOLKER HALL

Holker Hall is one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain and home to Lord and Lady Cavendish & family.

Holker Hall which is just five miles away is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into Parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills.

 

LAKES AQUARIUM

The Lakes Aquarium in Newby Bridge is a wonderful day out. There is a virtual dive bell, an underwater tunnel beneath Lake Windermere, Rainforest exhibits, coral reef tanks and various other exhibitions.

There is also a shop and cafe.

 

LEIGHTON MOSS NATURE RESERVE

Offering a selection of  walks and hides in the largest reedbed in the North West. Most of these are suitable for wheelchair users. Home to butterflies, deer and special birds. Children can learn in the visitor centre and there is also a tea room.

 

L’ENCLUME RESTAURANT

Advertised as a hideaway but it has grown so much in popularity it has become something of an icon. Simon Rogan uses the best seasonal and local ingredients to ensure he meets his own farm to table standards.

 

LEVENS HALL

This estate has been family owned for over 400 years.

Enjoy the hall, walk through Levens Deer Park, eat afternoon tea or enjoy the topiary gardens which has over 100 pieces.

 

MORECAMBE BAY

Morecambe Bay is a beautiful historical coast line with the added bonus of being able to offer a large range of outdoor activities. It stretches from the south west coast of Cumbria all the way to Fleetwood in Lancashire.

 

SIZERGH CASTLE

A medieval house in beautiful grounds with its own lake, pond and limestone rock garden. Displaying unique art work, shops and a cafe as well as offering events for both adults and families throughout the year there is something for everyone.

 

STEAM YACHT GONDOLA

A beautiful National Trust owned Victorian steam-powered yacht offers a unique experience on Coniston water.

 

WALNEY ISLAND NATURE RESERVE

Cumbria Wildlife Trust maintain this shingle island reserve containing lots of interesting things and the only grey seal colony in Cumbria.

 

WINDERMERE LAKE CRUISES

Enjoy the scenic views of the Lake District while cruising on the famous Lake Windermere.

Cruises start from Bowness, Lakeside or Ambleside and vary in length from 45 minutes to 3 hours.

 

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