Cartmel racecourse

Housed in the Lake District this picturesque course offers a fun 'shirt-sleeve atmosphere'. Jump racing is held between May and August on a track that has a run-in of almost four furlongs and is close to Grange-over-Sands.

Racing dates back to 1856, but it is believed it took place since at least the middle of the 15th Century when monks of the nearby priory entertained themselves by organising racing on mules.

Address: Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6QF
Tel: 015 395 363 40
Admission: £13
Road: Leave M6 at Junction 36, follow signs for A591 then A590 towards Barrow
Rail: Cark and Cartmel Station from Barrow
Car park: Paddock Free (except July)
Jumps: A flat sharp track only 1m 1f in circumference, with six fences per circuit. The run-in is about half a mile which makes it the longest of any National Hunt course in Britain.