You are spoilt for choice within Cartmel itself, situated just outside the national park, Cartmel is a historic town which offers fine dining, including a Michelin starred restaurant and some wonderful coffee & cake pit stops whilst perusing the local gift shops.
Cartmel Priory church serves as the parish church of Cartmel, Cumbria. The priory was founded in 1190 by William Marshal, created 1st Earl of Pembroke, intended for the Augustinian Canons and dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin and Saint Michael. There is also the popular racecourse that hosts some music festivals and let’s not forget its famous local Sticky Toffee Pudding!
Lake Windermere is only a 10 min drive, where at Newby Bridge you can decide to either navigate the east or west side of the Lake depending on the destination, equally the ‘Walks’ are a short travel away. Plenty of cycle routes for both road and off road.