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A Sunday stroll round Cartmel

April 14, 2010

Cartmel is an easy drive from the central Lakes and is always a great  village to spend an hour or two in. As we have been having a spell of sunny weather it seemed like a good destination to visit as many of the pubs have lovely beer gardens on the river.

Spring scene in Cartmel

Spring had well and truly sprung and there were flower displays round every corner.

House in Cartmel village

We decided to stop and have a drink at The Cavendish Arms, a 450 year old coaching Inn (which has it’s own resident ghost) they had run out of alcohol free beer for my husband who was driving, however always obliging we were reassured it would be on the order on Monday, ready for our next visit. Many of the pubs look as though there is no where to sit and then you go out the back and find a lovely garden with the river running by.

Cartmel ducks

Ducks seem to be everywhere in Cartmel and it’s always worth taking a few scraps to feed them with. Another feature of Cartmel is sheep. Yes they do have the live version, but also do a sheepy trail in the summer. A bit like the “Cow Parade” . There are 30 to spot throughout the village. There was a bit of trouble recently when one called Ewe-gene was stolen, however he is back and luckily no Ram-some had to be paid. The sheep are eventually auctioned and money raised goes to Bay Search and Rescue who maintain safety on and around Morecambe Bay. A worthwhile cause.

View of Cartmel Priory

Wherever you walk you can usually see a view of the famous 12th Century Priory.

Daffodils, Cartmel Priory

The graveyard of Cartmel Priory was looking lovely with daffodils and the sheep grazing. In a previous post I talked a bit about the priory so won’t dwell on it this time, however it is always worth a look inside.

Choir Stall Cartmel Priory

Interior Cartmel Priory

Ornate carving Cartmel Priory

It was such a lovely sunny day so we didn’t stay too long inside and headed up the side streets back to the centre.

Cartmel village

Cartmel is a “foodies” paradise. Apart from the Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop, Cartmel is home to several first class restaurants. Michelin star L’ Enclume and Rogan and Company are worth a visit for a special treat.

Captive in Cartmel

This little fellow was watching us as we made our way back through the Medieval arch to the square, and home.

Arch Cartmel

And just incase you thought I was being really good escaping without buying Sticky toffee pudding, The shop had just closed as we got back to it, oh well next time!

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