The Lake District is renowned for its villages and towns that look like something out of a fairy tale or storybook.

These are the kinds of places that get turned into postcards, decorate souvenir boxes of chocolates, or are used as locations for film and TV.

As the days get warmer and the nights get lighter, there is nothing better than getting out and exploring Cumbria's countryside.

And now according to Fulton Umbrellas, one 'beautiful' village in the Lake District has been set apart from the rest.

Cartmel - Cumbria

Cartmel is a small, beautiful village at the south edge of the Lake District, not far from Morecambe Bay.  

Within the village, you’ll discover stone cottages, winding lanes and bridges crossing a small tranquil river. Beyond the peaceful outlook, Cartmel is also a popular destination for some fantastic food and drink.

The village is home to two Michelin-star restaurants and is famous for its sticky toffee pudding.

While in the village, it’s also worth stopping at Cartmel Priory, an impressive 12th-century church with intricate carvings and stained-glass windows. To explore further, there are several walking routes close by.

This includes Eggerslack and Hampsfield, areas of ancient woodland that, in the spring, become awash with bright bluebells.

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If you want to spend time exploring UK history and life in the countryside while also taking in some beautiful views, there’s perhaps no better way to do so than in one of the UK’s many chocolate-box-worthy villages and towns.

Other places on the list included:

  • Luss, Loch Lomond 
  • Portmeirion, Gwynedd
  • Haworth, West Yorkshire
  • Painswick, Gloucestershire 
  • Bibury, Gloucestershire 

No matter where you are in the country, there’s sure to be one near you just waiting to be discovered.