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A Punters Guide to Cartmel Race Track - Left Hand,Right Hand,Galloping,Easy.Cartmel Racecourse Facts.

A description of Cartmel Racetrack - Gradients,Direction,Trivia, - Cartmel Racecourse.

Cartmel Racecourse is located in the attractive Lake District area of northern England.

More than a just race meeting at Cartmel - there are numerous extra attractions like funfairs,country pursuits,sideshows etc.


Cartmel has just 9 meetings a year,but,despite its remote location,attracts huge crowds - 20,000 is not unusual.

The 3 days racing,spread over 5 days in May,is extremely popular,and many tourists take in those 3 days of racing,and also explore the beautiful Lake District countryside.

There is no flat racing at Cartmel - National Hunt (jumping ) racing only.

Like the majority of U.K. racetracks,Cartmel is left handed.

   Course is quite narrow and has sharp bends on its 1 mile circumference circuit.

Despite Cartmels small circuit,it has perhaps the longest run in of any N.H. course of over 4 furlongs for chasers (2 furlongs less for hurdlers).

Front runners can excel at Cartmels sharp and narrow racetrack - but need to keep going on the long straight,so stamina is required to win.

Many horses cannot act at Cartmel - course specialists should always be considered.

The horses have to negotiate 6 steeplechase fences,which are more testing than many other tracks,and 4 hurdles per circuit.

First written reports of  racing at Cartmel date back to 1856,but monks priory nearby is reputed to have held horse racing events in the 12th Century.

Unlike many tracks,Cartmel Racecourse allow picnics,and you can also bring your own alcohol drinks.

Cartmel is the location of the notorious Gay Future affair in 1974.This betting coup involved the switching of horses by Irish syndicate.However the bookies were suspicious,refused to pay out and the attempted coup failed.

Extend your day out and watch the top class after racing concerts - Boyzone appearing this year (2018).

Many racegoers at Cartmel prefer the cheaper course enclosure (inside of track ) as a fairground,trade stands and other market stalls are located there.Paddock patrons can move over to the inside enclosure between races to enjoy those facilities.


Going in a group to Cartmel races ? - if there are 10 +,you can ask for a group discount - details from management.Group buyers also qualify for a voucher discount on food,drink and fairground rides.

Cartmel racecourse is busy on non racing days as they can cater for your social and corporate meetings or parties - you can also now get married at the track.

Choice of restaurants at Cartmel (private tables can be booked for groups),but you will almost certainly need to book your table well before the day of racing.

Despite many facilities being temporary,erected on racedays,the disabled are catered for with,blue badge parking areas (a fee is charged),wheelchair access,grandstand lifts and toilets.

Get to Cartmel by car or coach is best,but you can get there by rail - use Cark in Cartmel or Grange over Sands stations,with a bus to ferry you to track from Cark in Cartmel station on race days.

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