For evening meals, Cartmel is only a five minute drive away. L’enclume, with its 2 Michelin stars, is situated in the village, and its sister restaurant, Rogan and Company, offers a more relaxed dining experience. If you prefer pub food, there are four to choose from: Royal Oak, the Kings Arms, the Cavendish Arms, and the Pig and Whistle. Cartmel is a lovely little village, with a farmer’s market every month, and some fantastic food shops. Cartmel Cheeses has built a great reputation since it opened last year, and offers a superb range of British and Continental cheeses. And of course, no visit to Cartmel would be complete without a trip to the home of “Sticky Toffee Pudding” to purchase a little something to take home.
Other attractions: Cartmel Priory, in the centre of the village, is a magnificent 12th Century Priory with an unusual tower. The midnight service, on Christmas Eve, is a wonderful way to start the Christmas celebrations, and is popular with locals and visitors alike. Holker Hall, home to the Cavendish family, is 3 miles south of Cartmel, and the house and gardens are open to the public. Cartmel is also famous for it’s race course, voted the friendliest in Britain. Races are held at the end of May, mid July, and at the end of August, and are great fun. Cartmel Show, at the beginning of August, is a fantastic day out for all the family, with lots to see and do. A fascinating place to spend some time is Yew Tree Barn, at Low Newton, where you will find WRS Architectural Salvage, The Gallery, Harry's Cafe and Bar, and a variety of local artisans.
The lanes around Field Broughton are very quiet, and ideal for cycling, whilst walkers will fill find plenty of interesting high, and low level walks in the valley. The mountains of the Central Lakes are an hours drive to the north. There are plenty of maps and guidebooks at Broughton House, which you are welcome to borrow.