Around eighteen miles southwest of Kendal, and sheltered several miles inland from Morecambe Bay, the pretty village of CARTMEL is something of an upmarket getaway, with its Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms, winding country lanes and cobbled market square brimming with inns and antique shops. You’re in luck if you’re looking to buy a handmade dolls’ house or embroidered footstool, while in the Cartmel Village Shop on the square they sell the finest sticky-toffee pudding known to humanity. Quite what the original monks of Cartmel would have made of all this is anyone’s guess – the village first grew up around its twelfth-century Augustinian priory and is still dominated by the proud Church of St Mary and St Michael.

Travel offers; book through Rough Guides

England features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

The many faces of Bristol: Britain's coolest city

The many faces of Bristol: Britain's coolest city

Bristol's enterprising spirit is one reason we named it the coolest city in Britain. And this spirit is all down to the chefs and artists and innovators that …

26 Jul 2017 • Ruth-Ellen Davis local_activity Special feature
8 things you didn't know you could do in the UK

8 things you didn't know you could do in the UK

So you've gawked at the guards of Buckingham Palace, hiked up Snowdon and hit the beach – what next? From lethal motorcycle races to mountain towns that …

31 Jul 2015 • Rough Guides Editors insert_drive_file Article
This summer you can hire a sandcastle butler

This summer you can hire a sandcastle butler

You’ve dug a moat, successfully sculpted a mound higher than your knees and managed to drizzle a viscous mixture of sand and salt water over the château spir…

16 Jul 2015 • Colt St. George insert_drive_file Article
View more featureschevron_right

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month