The South of Cumbria borders with Lancashire and North Yorkshire and spreads up to the southern boundary of the Lake District National Park and Westwards towards Barrow-in-Furness. You can discover pretty towns and seaside resorts throughout South Cumbria including Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Arnside and Silverdale.
Cartmel is Perfect for Food Lovers
Cartmel has become a premier destination in Cumbria for foodies. On the market square you’ll find the village shop selling its famous Sticky Toffee Pudding. Simon Rogan’s renowned Michelin star restaurant L’Enclume is also a star attraction and on the third Friday of every month the priory hosts a food market.
The pretty village is full of narrow streets and 17th and 18th century stone buildings with the River Eea flowing through the centre. Cartmel is also famous for its magnificent 800-year-old priory with its stained glass windows, sculptures and ancient choir stalls.
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Grange-over-Sands was historically a quiet fishing village in Cumbria until the introduction of the railway in 1857. Large hotels and grand houses were built for wealthy businessman taking advantage of the sea air and lovely climate. These houses and terraces can be admired as you walk around the town or stroll along the traffic-free promenade.
At one end of the promenade you will find the Ornamental Gardens, home to greylag geese and marbled teal, while further along you can enjoy the Park Road Gardens with its Victorian bandstand. During the summer brass band concerts are hosted here.
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Explore The Grounds At Holker Hall
Holker Hall is an impressive stately home near Cartmell, which is open for guided tours. Its gardens cover 25 acres and there is a food hall on site selling specialty foods. The estate hosts a popular annual garden festival.
Arnside and Silverdale
Arnside is a small seaside village with stunning views over Morecambe Bay and Lakeland fells. The resort lies within the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
You’ll find lovely woodland walks around Arnside Knott, the limestone hill to the south of the village, or across the coastal cliffs.
Ancient Ruins In Arnside
Just outside of Arnside you’ll find the remains of Arnside Tower, a spectacular Cumbrian Pele Tower. The tower was built in the late 14th century and you can enjoy great views of the ruins from the footpath that runs alongside the tower.