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Cartmel Walks

Cartmel Walks

This is an area of rolling fields, woodlands and limestone pavements and you will thoroughly enjoy exploring the landscape around the Cartmel peninsula and the coastline on the edge of Morcambe Bay. A stroll along the promenade at Grange-over-Sands is also worthwhile. Northwards, the incredible walking opportunities of the Lake District are within easy reach. We are sure that walking will be high up on your list of what to do in Cartmel during your stay, and we are happy to offer a few suggestions for rambles in the area:

Cartmel to Hampsfield Fell

This walk stretches over 7 miles in leisurely fashion, and is a fantastic way to acquaint yourselves with the countryside immediately around Cartmel. It takes in part of the Cistercian Way after leaving Cartmel towards the west, and later the gentle ascent of Hampsfield Fell, before circling back round to the Village. 2 ½ hours.

High Dam

This is a fairly short walk to a pair of very scenic tarns, a little to the north of Finsthwaite, just off the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Head uphill from the National Trust car park, through some lovely woodlands that are full of bilberries in the right season, and if the weather is fine take a picnic to the higher of the tarns. 1 hr.

Gummer’s How
Gummer's How

If you travel north from Cartmel to Newby Bridge and make for Bowness on the A592, you can find a little road climbing up hill to your right that gives access to the low peak of Gummer’s How. From it’s summit, you can enjoy superb views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding area, and this walk gives you the thrill of a higher Lakeland fell walk for much less effort. 1 ½ hrs.


The winding trails through the trees of this forest provide great sport for mountain-bikers and walkers alike. The visitor centre near Satterthwaite, not far from Hawkshead, serves as a good start point for one of the many colour coded trails, and cycles can be hired from here, too.

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