Cartmel racecourse on a non-race day

We recently visited the Lake District and not by chance stayed in the village of Cartmel famous for Sticky Toffee Pudding and a very picturesque racecourse. Neither disappointed despite visiting 3 weeks prior to the next racing weekend.

To say that the racecourse is close to the village is an understatement. Its pretty much apart of it with the main village car park being accessed by crossing the home “straight” a furlong and a half from the winning post.

The home straight viewed from the end of the village square

The home straight viewed from the end of the village square[/caption
As many will now the runners disappear between the last obstacle and the 2 furlong marker behind a small wooded area. A recipe for some skulduggery if ever I saw one! They then race over the aforementioned road from the square up the center of the course in front of a small grandstand.
The final furlong The final furlong

The centre of the course which on race days houses a fair ground and hordes of racegoers enjoying barbecues and picnics doubles as the local cricket ground. There was trouble at mill last year when after a muddy race meeting the cricket had to be played at a nearby ground due to the damage done by racegoers squelching around. The cricket team are currently on -9 points in the second division of the local league. So sadly sharing their ground with the racecourse isn’t there only problem.

The course is owned by the Holker Estate (Devonshires) whose Holker House and Gardens is situated a few miles away and is well worth a visit.

Barbecues and racing don't always mix!

Barbecues and racing don’t always mix!

The back straight

The back straight

Needless to say the location total captured my admiration and although it was a non racing day my visit has seriously whetted my appetite to visit on one of its few but highly popular annual meetings.

The village itself is a delight with 4 pubs, a couple of hotels and of course the village shop, home of Sticky Toffee Pudding. Well worth a visit and with the likes of Lake Windermere just 30 minutes drive away, its a perfect location to tour the Lakes away from the hustle and bustle (unless there’s racing of course when I’m told its close to manic)

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Cartmel village

Cartmel village

Entrance to Cartmel racecourse

Entrance to Cartmel racecourse


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3 responses to “Cartmel racecourse on a non-race day”

  1. Bob says :

    How can you visit Cartmel and not visit the Priory? The village wouldn’t even exist without this building. It has been welcoming visitors for 800 years!

  2. mully1 says :

    Priory usually full of American’s when I visit.

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