Cark features pretty streamside strolls, lovely walks to the local coastline overlooking Morecambe Bay, two traditional old pubs and a scattering of small shops. It is a very short stroll from here to Holker Hall, the stately home of Lord Cavendish. The house, gardens and deer park are open to the public and also now home to a licensed brasserie The Ilex.
The train station, only a 10-minute walk from the cottage, provides an interesting and picturesque day out, allowing you to enjoy the coast line to Barrow-In-Furness. In the opposite direction is elegant Grange-Over-Sands or across the viaduct and estuary is pretty Arnside.
Close by is the picturesque Cartmel village with its 12th century Priory and home to the UK’s smallest race course which holds regular fixtures throughout the summer with free shuttle buses operating from Cark train station.
Cartmel is also the home of sticky toffee pudding which can be bought from the artisan bakery. There are also a number of quality pubs and cafes offering delicious meals, not forgetting the renowned L’Enclume restaurant.
Food lovers will certainly not be disappointed with Cartmel and as it is surrounded by countryside walks you can burn off those extra calories!
One of the smallest towns in the Morecombe Bay area, Grange-over-Sands is a quiet seaside resort on the Southern tip of the Cartmel Peninsula. It has a mile-long promenade with views across to Arnside, Silverdale and, of course, Morecombe.
A climb up the 222-metre high Hampsfield Fell to Hampsfell Hospice provides an outstanding view. On a clear day the Lakeland fells, Morecombe Bay, Chapel Island, the Yorkshire Dales and even Blackpool Tower can be identified.
At Newby Bridge you can embark on a water cruise to bustling Bowness, home to the enchanting Beatrix Potter attraction. It is the southern entrance to Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England.
From Haverthwaite you can take a steam train journey to Lakeside on the west bank of Lake Windermere. Also, you can visit the Lakeland Motor Museum which houses a unique collection of 30,000 exhibits including classic cars, motorcycles, scooters and bicycles. Cyclists will delight in close by Grizedale Forest with its array of cycle tracks for all abilities.
With all of the Lakes at your doorstep, our cottage is an ideal location to enjoy all you wish for from your holiday whilst having a welcoming base to return to at the end of the day.
The hardest decision will be how to fit all your plans into the time you have!
A fantastic cottage in a perfect location for an all-year round exploration of the Lake District.