Cartmel & the Peninsulas

Cartmel Fell

Historically part of Lancashire, the Cartmel and Furness peninsulas form the western edge of Morecambe Bay. The Cartmel Peninsula juts out into Morecambe Bay and is the smaller of the two promontories. At its heart lies the ancient village of Cartmel, famous for its 12th-century priory and the smallest National Hunt racecourse in Britain. Close by is Holker Hall, probably the finest house in South Lakeland. It is a superb Victorian residence built on a grand scale in Elizabethan style from distinctive red sandstone. A renowned garden festival is held here in late spring, when the colourful displays of plants and shrubs are at their best. Nearby is the elegant and sedate resort of Grange-over-Sands, looking out across Morecambe Bay. The Edwardian town still retains the gentility and atmosphere of a seaside resort of the period. To the west, the Furness peninsula extends out into the Irish Sea. Ulverston is a busy market town in the centre of the peninsula, with old buildings and a labyrinth of cobbled streets. It is the birthplace of Stan Laurel, and home to the world’s only Laurel and Hardy Museum. Furness Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery situated on the outskirts of Barrow-in-Furness. The abbey was once the second wealthiest and one of the most powerful monasteries in the country. Today this popular attraction is in the care of English Heritage. Barrow-In-Furness is a large industrial town with a safe and sheltered harbour sitting on the tip of the Furness Peninsula. The coast here is dominated by the bay’s tidal mudflats and low lying islands, home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The area has miles of wild and diverse coastline to explore. Duddon Sands is the second largest estuary in Cumbria and an important wildlife site for breeding and migratory birds. Piel Island is home to a ruined castle and a pub, as well as the pub landlord, who is known s the King of Piel. Walney is a ten-mile long, thin island with two nature reserves with an observation hide and circular trails as well as an old lighthouse.

Cottages in Cartmel and the Peninsulas
Check availability SPRING BANK COTTAGE, ,
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £250500 per week * Ref: CC4187
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Spring Bank Cottage is a peaceful and delightful country cottage in a lovely location in the countryside, yet only a few minutes by car or foot from the centre of Grange over Sands. Magnificent views over Morecambe Bay and Lakelan...
Meadows End Check availability Meadow's End Lodges, ,
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5691049 per week * Ref: CC3698
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Meadow’s End Lodges nestles peacefully in tranquil meadowland which boasts a David Bellamy Gold Award for conservation. This stunning cluster of luxury lodges is ideally located for exploring the majestic Lake District. Each...