Cartmel lies on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria – a village with a colourful and interesting history underpinned by the imposing Cartmel Priory, which was founded in 1190. The racecourse circling the village must be the smallest, most scenic course in the country; although it often has the third-highest average attendance of any jumps track in Britain after Aintree and Cheltenham – the largest crowds can be just over 20,000 on one day. Cartmel is also famous for its Sticky-Toffee Pudding shop, and boasts more than one Michelin star restaurant.