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Allithwaite comunity

About our Villages

Some history on our villages within the parish

Allithwaite and Cartmel Parish Council


Allithwaite is a south-facing Village set on low hills that overlook Morecambe Bay.

Situated south of the Lake District National Park, near to the coast and with good access to major towns in the area, Allithwaite attracts residents who enjoy living in a rural community but are within reach of many varied environments.

Allithwaite has continually grown in size over the last fifty years but has kept a community spirit which encourages many activities.  The Church and School are located at the top of the hill above the Children’s Playground and nearby the Sports Fields and Community Centre cater for a variety of sports and social events.  In addition to the above, the Institute, built in the mid-nineteenth century as a place of education, is still used as a home to various activities.  Village committees run the above venues and are supported by the residents in raising funds.

Local businesses ensure the village continues to thrive and include a Post Office, a Public Houses, B&Bs, a wood yard and farms on the outskirts of the Village.  These are the visible signs of enterprise but many more employers and self-employed people run their businesses from the Village.

Allithwaite is built on limestone.  Springs in the area encouraged early settlements.  Artefacts from a cave on the outskirts of the Village date to approximately 10000BC while Bronze Age remains of 2000BC have been found recently in the centre of the Village.  Allithwaite is said to derive its name from Eilifr, a Norse settler in about 1000AD and thwaite is said to be a clearing in woodland.  For many centuries farming and fishing were the main industries.  Mary Lambert, a benefactor who lived at Boarbank Hall built the School and the Church in 1865 and from that period the Village became more established and began to flourish and grow into the Village that is here today.


Although steeped in history, Cartmel is not trapped in time and the village offers today’s visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, eateries and places to stay.

Around the square you will discover a delightful assortment of genuine 16th – 18th century building providing, as they have for centuries, friendly inns, well stocked shops and private dwellings.

Cartmel’s religious history dates back to 677 when King Egfrith of Northumbria gave the village to St Cuthbert. Founded for ‘the regular canons of St Augustine’, Cartmel Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael has been a focus for Christian worship for more than 800 years. The impressive medieval Gatehouse (built in 1330) still dominates the square. Horse racing at Cartmel dates back to 1865, but it is likely to have been a sport dating back to at least the middle of the fifteenth century when monks from the Priory would have entertained themselves by organising races on mules!

Upper Holker

On the eastern side of the hill a road from Cartmel leads north and then over the hill north-west, past Bigland, to Low Wood, with a branch north to Backbarrow and Newby Bridge, while another road goes south to Cark. Along the foot of the hill on the west runs the road from Cark to Low Wood.

The Furness Railway Company's single-line track from Greenodd to Newby Bridge crosses the northwestern edge of the township.

For any additional information about the village, or the Parish Council, please contact us or:

Your Guide to the Lake District - A business directory and events guide for the Lake District and Cumbria.

Contact Mark Gillett on 015395 38904 or visit for more information.

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