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Horseracing in the Lake District



Horseracing is exciting enough but horseracing in the attractive setting of the Lake District is sublime.

Cartmel horseracing in the Lake District started with mule racing by the monks of Cartmel Priory which was established in 1189 .

The Priory gave local people the right to worship. This saved the Priory from destruction during the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII between 1536 and 1541. Cartmel Priory stands as one of the finest ecclesiastical buildings in the Lake District so come & visit after your Cartmel racing adventures!

Cartmel village, a Lake District gem, grew up around the Priory. From mule racing to horseracing at Cartmel racecourse is quite a story! "Bob" Champion who won the 1981 Grand National on Aldaniti reckons that Cartmel racecourse is his favourite venue.


Betting on horse races is so much fun so why not try some free horseracing bets to get you going?


The other opportunity to watch horseracing in the Lake District is at Carlisle racecourse in the North of the Lake District at Blackwell, close to Carlisle. Here enthusiasts can watch thoroughbreds races unlike Cartmel which is only National Hunt (over jumps) races.


In fact, Carlisle horseracing probably started in AD 122 when the Romans were building Hadrian's Wall which extends from Carlisle right across England! Imagine!


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