Sitting just south of the Lake District National Park, the ‘peninsulas’, sticking out into Morecambe Bay, have their own beautiful, if less dramatic, scenery than further north and fewer crowds.
The self-styled ‘home of sticky toffee pudding’, the Medieval village of Cartmel is a real stunner. Dominated by Cartmel Priory, one of few monastic churches in England to survive the Reformation, the village surrounds a pretty square, complete with traditional water pump and the priory gatehouse. It has also become something of a foodie haven; as well as the famous pudding, it has a Michelin starred restaurant, a micro-brewery, a cheese shop, a bakery and a delicatessen as well as a good selection of pubs.
Other attractions nearby are: 16th century Holker Hall, with its beautiful gardens, deer park and food hall stocking meat and game from the estate; Sizergh Castle, the one time home of Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Catherine Parr; and adjacent Low Sizergh Barn farm shop, well worth a visit for its local produce and farm trails.