Cartmel racecourse is arguably one of the must see places in England not just for the race course but for a sense of England that survives in a few places like these. It is a small race course found in the village of Cartmel which lies in Cumbria County.
The legendary course is a sharp and narrow left handed oval. It consists of a circuit which goes beyond a mile. The racecourse is split into two by the finishing straight which runs through the centre bisecting the circuit into two.
The regular spectators usually watch either from the paddock enclosure or just from the course enclosure. Unlike other race courses, in Cartmel racecourse both the paddock enclosure and the course enclosure are inside the track. This proves lovely to the spectators who always get the chance to get closer to the action unlike other racecourses. Also, the run-in, which is the distance from the last fence to the finish line, is the longest in the whole country. It is over 4 furlongs.
The steeplechase course there has six fences which include a water jump and an open ditch. There are four obstacles in the hurdles course. During steeplechase races, it is removed around the last hurdle to be rebuilt later for each hurdle race since the course is usually narrow.
Cartmel racecourse holds seven race days every year, starting from the whit holiday weekend which is at the end of May and usually ending on August Bank holiday weekend .The race meeting in May goes for five days instead of three days so as to allow the race goers enjoy the scenery in between each race day.
The July one, which is a two day meeting, take three days with a day off featuring a very important race which is usually worth $ 25,000, the Cumbria crystal hurdle race.
The earliest racing records extend to 1856 though it came into action even before that. It used to be a small course consisting of amateurs until the mid of 20th century when it became professionalized for races.