Walks in Cartmel
Walks in Cartmel are beautiful because of the varied landscape. Walking from Allithwaite to Cartmel “around the back” is one of the family favourites. Not least because you can have an nice lunch in Cartmel before heading back. Walk in to Allithwaite and head to the church, just past the King George V playground. Walk up the church drive and at the top veer left down a little path onto Vicarage Lane turning right into Templand Park. Keep with the road as it bends left then follow the road right, avoiding Boarbank Lane. This road would take you in to Cartmel but you can take the scenic route (see map below) via a footpath which takes you through some old woods and brings you into Cartmel through the famous racecourse. There are lots of pubs in Cartmel and cafes. It’s now also a foodie mecca. There is also a lovely toy shop – beware if you have kids you will leave a little bit poorer. This is a good walk for kids as it isn’t far and the off road bits are limited. Once you are in Cartmel Park you are back on a road surface. Probably not good for a buggy, but a ‘little walker’ could do it.
Getting back depends on your stamina. With the kids you can either walk back the way you came or up Haggs Lane and Wart Barrow Lane. The quickest route back would be up walking up Cartmel Road into Allithwaite – 1.5 miles. For the walkers amongst you I’d suggest going via the Hospice but this does make the whole walk 7.5miles so you’d better make a day of it! Trust me, the views from the top of the Hospice are worth it.