Parish of The Month
This month the spotlight is on Lower Allithwaite !
Lower Allithwaite is situated at the southern edge of the Cartmel peninsula, and has both amazingly beautiful landscapes and a valued built heritage.
Covering an area of over 50 square km, the land falls from high points on Howbarrow and Wartbarrow down to Humphrey Head and Morecambe Bay.
The whole Parish has stunning views over many varied aspects of the country – sea, mountains, woodlands and farm land, and is a major factor in why people love to live and visit the area. Walkers can visit many open areas easily on a good range of footpaths, taking them from the fells around the area, down to the sea, and over areas of outstanding natural beauty and scientific importance.
There are three Wards in the Parish, namely Allithwaite, Cartmel and Upper Holker, bordering the National Park, Grange over sands and surrounding Lower Holker parish. Allithwaite is a fairly new village which has grown from a collection of scattered farming and fishing holdings along the line of the B5277 and Church road. There is a variety of housing, some businesses, a church, school, playground and community centre.
Cartmel is a more ancient settlement clustered around the 12th century grade 1 listed Priory Church . It has many listed buildings as well as a variety of other housing, two schools, a medical centre, a wide range of shops and businesses many with a food or drink focus as well as a village hall and the race course.
The whole Parish has a robust tourist trade, catering for day visitors and those wanting to stay for longer breaks, in guest houses, hotels and caravan parks.