The Eskdale Valley
Eskdale is a stunning glacial valley set in the heart of the Western part of the Lake District.
The crystal waters of the River Esk flows from the fells at the top of the valley all the way out to sea at Ravenglass 8 miles away.
Eskdale and its surrounding areas have plenty to offer, with its many walks from a stroll along the river paths to climbing Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, or cycling the Eskdale Trail and taking the relaxing and scenic option of returning on the narrow gauge railway from Ravenglass, and for those seeking some exhilarating activities such as Ghyll Scrambling, why not let West Lakes Adventure arrange a fun packed holiday to remember - there is certainly lots to do!
Things to do
West Lakes Adventure – Provides fun outdoor activities and is based at the Woolpack Farm Cottage.
- Ghyll Scrambling
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Rock Climbing
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Take a trip on the ‘Laal Ratty’ (Little Railway) from Dalegarth Station, located a short walk from your accommodation. The narrow gauge miniature steam Railway was once used commercially to transport Iron Ore in the 1870’s is now a major tourist attraction, now transporting holiday makers on the 40 minute journey through the Eskdale Valley all the way to the coastal village of Ravenglass.
An enjoyable historical day out, Muncaster Castle has plenty to keep you busy throughout the day. Historic Castle, Himalayan Gardens, Hawk & Owl Centre with daily bird displays, Meadow Vole Maize, café & Gift Shop, plus regular themed special events.
Take a tour round one of the oldest water powered corn mills in England which is located in the village of Boot.
The accommodation offers a perfect base for any walking holiday. The valley itself has a number of walks of all levels.
Take a gentle stroll along the footpaths & bridleways in the valley, explore the fells or climb the mountains, including the highest in England, Scafell Pike. There are also lots of other great fells and mountains, such as Great Gable, Scafell, Harter Fell and many more.
We are also close to the Wasdale Valley, which was the birthplace of mountaineering and the iconic Wasdale Head in lingers at the foot of Wasdale which you can walk to directly from your accommodation over the fells past Eel Tarn and Burnmoor Tarn.
There are plenty of bridleways in the valley and surrounding areas including ‘The Eskdale Trail’ which takes you the 8 miles to the coast at Ravenglass, you can then ride back after refreshments in one of the cafes or pubs or get the miniature steam train ‘The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway’ back (prior booking necessary).
Call in at the ‘Muncaster Castle’ on route and catch one of the Wild Bird displays, have a glance round the grounds or the Castle itself & watch them feed the dozens of wild Herons.
Bike Hire is available on site through West Lakes Adventure, booking is not necessary but we do recommend doing so in busier periods.
Adult Bikes - £25.00
Child Bike (6 – 12 years old) - £15.00
Tag-along - £10
Trailer - £10 (for road use only – not suitable for our bridleways)
Multi-day discounts available.
Boot Beer Festival
Woolpack Inn is directly next door to the accommodation, serving homemade pizzas which a freshly prepared and cooked in the wood fired ovens, they also serve an alternative pub menu and have a beer garden & play area.
Brook House Inn is within a mile of the accommodation and serves great local freshly cooked food in its bar, snug or restaurant, including homemade breads & chutneys. It’s a little more sophisticated from your average pub food, but reasonably priced.
Boot Inn is a traditional cosy pub, located within a mile in the village of Boot, serving pub food done well! It’s has a cosy bar area and large conservatory along with ample outside seating & play area for the kids
Dalegarth Café is part of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. It serves food throughout the day, including breakfasts, sandwiches and hot drinks you can also take away, homemade cakes, Ice Creams & more.
King George IV is a little further down the valley (approx. 3 miles) towards Eskdale Green serving pun food & they often have events
Bower House Inn Past Eskdale Green Village you will find the Bower House Inn, with a good pub feel and serving good pub food too. The bar is cosy with its low ceilings and open fire and outside you will find a large enclosed garden area with seating & play area for the kids.and more!
A little further afield
Inn at Ravenglass The little inn keeps its rustic bar look, but the food is like something else. serving mostly fresh fish, this place is certainly one to visit if you like fish, although they do serve non-fish dishes too! But book, as in busy periods it is hard to get a table.
Irton Hall is a hotel set in impressive grounds. they offer an al a carte menu in the evenings, but also a good selection of cakes & fresh coffee.
Woodlands Tea Rooms & Gift Shop is a quaint little café serving an impressive home cooked lunch menu with impressive afternoon teas & cakes. They also have a great little gift shop which sells some lovely jewellery, local art and much more!