Bowderdale Farm Cottage
Situated in the Wasdale valley on the quieter side of the Lake District, Bowderdale Farm Cottage is part of a traditional working Lakeland farm. With views overlooking Wastwater Lake and the surrounding fells, this holiday cottage is perfect for walkers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, offering basic, cosy accommodation for up to 6 people.
Wasdale itself is a valley of extremes. It boasts England's deepest lake (Wastwater), highest mountain (Scafell), smallest church (St Olaf's) and the world’s biggest liar competition (each November, in the Santon Bridge Inn). It is the birthplace of British climbing, with excellent climbs of all grades, and a playground for local diving clubs. Local rumour has it that each club has a collection of gnomes on the lake bed, one of whom has a noose around his neck as a result of club rivalry.
For more gentle exercise, there are hundreds of walks right from the door of the holiday cottage. Wastwater Lake is five minutes away, or you can go high up on the fells and mountains. There are many good swimming and picnic spots on the shores of the lake.
There are three pubs in the valley - Wasdale Head Inn at the top of the lake (two miles), the Screes & the Strands (three miles) face each other on the way to Gosforth village, where you will find shops selling groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, food to go, alcohol and newspapers.
Eskdale is another lovely valley, only 15 minutes drive away, with hundreds of river and mountain walks. It also houses a terminus for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway - a popular miniature railway that travels seven scenic miles to the coastal fishing village of Ravenglass. Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Owl Centre is also 15 minutes away and has lots going on all year round, especially for children.