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The North West's first Mega Event:

Cartmel Racecourse, Cumbria on Saturday 11th August 2012

The committee are delighted to announce that the North West's first Mega Event will be held at Cartmel Racecourse in Cumbria on Saturday 11th August 2012

Cartmel Racecourse (John Berry)

Cartmel is easily reached by road, being just a 15 mile drive from junction 36 of the M6 motorway. From there the route mostly follows the A590 dual carriageway. The village's proximity to the motorway network coupled with its central location within the UK make it easy to reach from most parts of Great Britain. The nearest railway station is at Cark-in-Cartmel, 2 miles to the south-west, however visitors travelling on public transport may find it easier to get the train to Grange-over-Sands which enjoys a more frequent bus service to Cartmel village. As well as Cark and Grange-over-Sands, the bus also serves Kents Bank railway station. For international visitors, the nearest major airport is at Manchester, and has excellent connections to more than 170 worldwide destinations.

Cartmel sits on the edge of the south-eastern fells of the Lake District. The village developed around an Augustinian Priory dating back to 1189, and a large portion of the site still stands proud as the impressive Church of St Mary and St Michael, featuring beautiful misericords, stained glass windows, sculptures and choir stalls.

Cartmel Priory (Nigel Corby)

The rest of the village is centred around a pretty market square, which features 16th Century cobblestones, a market cross, water pump, and fish slabs. The buildings around the square all date back to between the 16th/18th Century and include a variety of shops, three pubs and the Cartmel Priory Gatehouse, which now serves as a heritage centre. The venue itself, Cartmel Racecourse, enjoys a charming setting by the banks of the River Eea. Racing has almost certainly taken place there for more than 500 years.

Cartmel Village (Andy Hawkins)

The village is situated 3 miles to the west of Grange-over-Sands and Morecambe Bay and 5 miles south of Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. The Southern Fells range and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, are a short drive away. The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole is just a 30 minute drive away, and the rest of the National Park is all within easy reach.

Lake Windermere (DS Pugh)

The location of Cartmel makes it ideal for walking (and Geocaching!); the Cistercian Way, a 33 mile long trail, passes right through the village on its way from Grange-over-Sands to Roe Island near Barrow-in-Furness. A network of footpaths stretch out from the village allowing for a huge variety of walks, short or long, in to the Lake District or along the south Cumbria coast.

Cartmel Village (Strider52)