On Monday we went for a walk in the hills and fields to the west of Cartmel. It should have been a short four mile jaunt but the scenery was so beautiful and the weather so clement that we just kept on walking. In the end we clocked up about eight miles including quite a lot of up and down. It was certainly the longest walk Quiz had been on so far in his young life. He took it in his stride although after we got back to the caravan and he had eaten his supper, he was pretty much comatose for the rest of the day.

"Cartmel is a village in Cumbria, England, situated 2.2 miles (3.5 km) north-west of Grange-over-Sands and close to the River Eea. Historically it was in Lancashire; boundary changes brought it into the newly created county of Cumbria in 1974, yet keeping it within the boundaries of the traditional County Palatine of Lancaster (Lancashire; which is quite different from the Duchy of Lancaster) where, as in other palatines, the king's writ did not run. The village was once known as Kirkby in Cartmel, as it was the location of the church for the large parish of Cartmel. It is the location of the 12th-century Cartmel Priory. The village has more recently become known as the "home of sticky toffee pudding", which can be purchased in various sizes from the Cartmel Village Shop. Its racecourse hosts popular meetings two or three times a year, traditionally in Whit Week. The ancient parish was traditionally known as the Land of Cartmel - an area quite separate from the Furness peninsula. Holker Hall, associated with the Cavendish family and the Dukes of Devonshire, is located within the original boundaries of the parish." (Wikipedia)

Looking out over Cartmel Sands and the River Leven estuary

The world belongs to this puppy

Dry stone walling

The track to How Barrow

This flock of sheep and their two bovine friends are following
the farmer (not in the shot) who is carrying a bucket of food.
It's amazing how tame sheep get at this time of year 
they depend on humans supplying them with extra grub. 
Twa tups

A Herdwick ram. A breed that has evolved from sheep
introduced to the Lakelands by Vikings. They are now the
indigenous local breed perfectly fit for the hard winter
conditions, craggy terrain and sparse vegetation. Very tasty.


The stand at Cartmel Racecourse

Cartmel Priory is the parish church of Cartmel, Cumbria .
The priory was founded in 1190 by William Marshal, later 1st
Earl of Pembroke for the Augustinian Canons and dedicated
to Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Michael. It was first
colonised by a Prior and twelve monks from Bradenstoke
Priory in Wiltshire. Of the monastic buildings the priory
church and a gatehouse survive (Wikipedia)

The shop from which sticky toffee pudding comes from.
We brought a ginger pudding instead and it was delicious.

The beck that runs through the centre of Cartmel



  1. I love seeing your “walk abouts” and the beautiful countryside. The first picture is one I would like to frame and put on my wall. I think of you and send you good thoughts daily.

  2. “He took it in his stride although after we got back to the caravan and he had eaten his supper, he was pretty much comatose for the rest of the day.”

    Why do I have the feeling Quiz’s pack leader is talking about himself? 😉 [Loverly pics, MP!]

  3. There’s a microbrewery here in St. Louis, MO that serves sticky toffee pudding – we’ve enjoyed it for years. Imagine how thrilled we were to discover its origins when we were in Cumbria a few years ago! We even found sticky toffee pudding ice cream – yum!

    • To be honest there have been golden syrup steam puddings for centuries and even Heinz’s treacle pudding predates the Cartmel pudding by many years. But the Cartmel style of sticky toffee pudding has certainly become very popular over the last twenty years or so.