Cark & Cartmel station is only about half a mile/0.8 km. from Cumbria's premier stately home, Holker Hall, with stunning gardens. The Hall and gardens are owned by Lord and Lady Cavendish. Visitors to Holker Hall can enjoy a number of festivals and also a fine cafe and shop stocking local prioducts. For details about the Open-Air Garden Theatre season see the News page and www.holker.co.uk
The village mostly lies north of the station while Flookburgh is 0.5 mile/0.8 km. to the south. A nursery with a cafe is only about 100 metres from the station in the Flookburgh direction. Both villages lie close to the shore of Morecambe Bay and both the Cumbrian Coastal Way and the Cistercian Way run through Cark.
In July, the Cumbria Steam Gathering takes place at Flookburgh. See www.steamgathering.org.uk
Near to Cark lies historic Cartmel, 2 miles/3.2 km. to the north east. Cartmel's 12th century priory church is one of the finest ecclesiastical buildings in the North of England. There are guided tours every Wednesday throughout the summer. The village has fine, genuine 16th to 18th century buildings and is linked to Cark by the Cistercian Way.
Cartmel has one of the most picturesque racecourses in the country, with meetings on the late May and August Bank Holidays. Racing also takes place on 1st June and more information is available on www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk . The village shop is also famous for its Sticky Toffee Pudding. For more information about Cartmel, see www.cartmelvillage.com/
For information about the Cumbria Steam gathering at Flookburgh in July, see www.steamgathering.org.uk. Also in Flookburgh in the summer half of the year is the Lakeland Miniature Village & Oriental Gardens - a 10 to 15 minute walk from Cark station.
Stagecoast operate a bus from Cark station to Cartmel on race days.
These take place in may and July and there are connecting buses from Oxenholme and Lancaster. During the summer months, there is also a "Freerider" bus connecting accommodation with attractions and the stations at Cark and Ulverston.