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Eskdale cottages

The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)
The Coachhouse - Eskdale (SZ471)

The Coachhouse - Eskdale

Eskdale, Cumbria

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1
1
pets 2
Striking cottage, deep in the heart of Eskdale, with fascinating walking opportunities in every direction. Take a ride on a steam train through the picturesque valley or head to the dramatic Cumbrian coast to discover remote beaches and quaint villages.
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)
Bobbin Mill Cottage (SZ086)

Bobbin Mill Cottage

Eskdale, Cumbria

2
2
2

Situated on a farm in the secluded valley of Miterdale, this characterful stone cottage with a decked garden and scenic surroundings is just the place to unwind after days of walking, biking and hiking in the Lake District National Park.

The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)
The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)
The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)
The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)
The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)
The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)
The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)
The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)
The Old Post Office - Eskdale (SZ503)

The Old Post Office - Eskdale

Eskdale, Cumbria

2
1
1
pets 2

A lovely, comfortable base for up to three people in pretty Eskdale, perfectly located to explore Eskdale Valley and the many sights of the Lake District.

Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)
Mite Villa (SZ346)

Mite Villa

Eskdale, Cumbria

4
2
1

This cosy cottage is a quiet retreat for exploring the West Lakes from the vantage point of the Miterdale Valley and an ideal destination for families with children.

The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)
The Orchards (SZ464)

The Orchards

Eskdale, Cumbria

4
2
1
pets 2

Escape to Eskdale with family and four-legged friends when you choose this welcoming apartment with breath-taking views of the surrounding fells.

The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)
The Smithy - Eskdale (SZ518)

The Smithy - Eskdale

Eskdale, Cumbria

4
2
1

A magical stone cottage for four, situated near the village of Eskdale in the western Lakes, in an ideal position for riverside walks, climbing Scafell Pike and days out to the coast.

Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)
Wood Barn (SZ568)

Wood Barn

Eskdale, Cumbria

4
2
2
pets 2

Far away from the stresses of modern-day life, this stone-built cottage makes a peaceful hideaway for families or couples looking to explore the fells, valleys, villages and lakes of western reaches of the Lake District National Park.

The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)
The Hayloft At Linbeck (SZ487)

The Hayloft At Linbeck

Eskdale, Cumbria

4
2
2
pets 1

This stunning barn conversion boasts splendid views of the fells. There are endless walking opportunities from the front door, as well as nearby attractions including Muncaster Castle.

Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)
Damson Cottage (SZ159)

Damson Cottage

Eskdale, Cumbria

4
2
1

An inviting holiday cottage for four, capturing far-reaching, undulating views and in a great location for gentle hill or riverside walks, as well as more ambitious fell climbing.

Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)
Greengage Cottage (SZ223)

Greengage Cottage

Eskdale, Cumbria

4
2
1

Whether you’re a keen trainspotter or someone who appreciates beautiful rural locations, this holiday cottage in pretty Eskdale offers the perfect base for a Lakelands retreat.

3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)
3 Orange Hill Cottages (SZ017)

3 Orange Hill Cottages

Eskdale, Cumbria

4
2
1

With waterside walks and fell-top adventures close to home, enjoy days in the great outdoors before returning home to get cosy in this traditional bolthole.

Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)
Yattus (SZ577)

Yattus

Eskdale, Cumbria

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3
1

Set in pretty Eskdale Green village, this charming stone cottage sleeps five guests across three beautiful bedrooms and is packed with character and period features.

Eskdale

Eskdale is a lovely valley stretching deep into the heart of the central Lake District, with its green fields grazed by flocks of Herdwick sheep, watered by the sparkling River Esk and bordered by tracts of mature woodland.

Our favourite things to do in Eskdale

Known locally as the "la'al ratty", the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway runs through the valley linking the small villages of Eskdale Green and Boot – the latter being home to a working corn mill, five real-ale pubs, an old iron ore mine and one of Lakeland’s loveliest waterfalls. Here we have put together our top things to do in Eskdale if you are staying in one of our Holiday Cottages in Eskdale.

Hardknott Roman Fort

Described as ‘an enchanted fortress in the air’, Hardknott Roman fort is perched on an elevated shoulder of land with glorious views down Eskdale. This far-flung outpost of the Roman Empire (known as Mediobogdum) guarded the military road between the Roman port at Ravenglass and the fort at Ambleside (Galava). The ruins are well preserved (thanks to their remote setting) and comprise four gateways and corner towers, with the foundations of the Principia (headquarters building), Praetorium (commandant’s house) and Horrea (granaries) visible in the interior. Just outside the fort are the remains of the bath house, and further uphill is a levelled area that was used as a parade ground.

Hardknott And Wrynose Passes

If you want to get out of Eskdale eastwards, the only exit is via the tortuous switchback bends of the Hardknott and Wrynose passes into Little Langdale. These passes are not for the faint-hearted and should only be attempted if you have confident driving skills. They do, however, make for an exhilarating travel experience – if you like that sort of thing!

Real ale in Eskdale

Historically, trains of packhorses regularly passed through the valley carrying local goods for export and bringing back exotic spices, sugar, tobacco and spirits from overseas. It was thirsty work for the men and their packponies, so hostelries provided welcome refreshments and overnight accommodation. Eskdale is blessed with several of these inns that are still going strong today. These include Brook House Inn, King George IV Inn, Bower House Inn, Boot Inn and the Woolpack – all serving local real ales in traditional settings. The Boot Beer Festival takes place in early June every year, when you get the chance to sample a huge range of locally produced ales.

Waterfalls, woodlands and wiggly walks

Stanley Ghyll Force is an impressive plunging waterfall in a wooded setting, described by Wordsworth as one of the finest in the Lake District.  It was named after the Stanley family, one-time occupants of Dalegarth Hall, who promoted the waterfall as a scenic attraction in Victorian times. In fact, rangers and volunteers for the National Park have now cleared invasive plants so that the upper part of the waterfall can be seen - a sight that has been hidden since the Victorian era! From Dalegarth Station it’s an interesting 4-mile circular walk that takes in a tiny riverside chapel, a series of stepping stones and plenty of woodland scenery.  Be careful when approaching the falls because of potentially wet and slippery conditions. 

The narrow ridge of Muncaster Fell divides Eskdale from Mitredale and offers an enjoyable elevated walk along a route that is partly Roman in origin.  A popular option is to take the steam train from Ravenglass (or Muncaster Mill) to Irton Road or Eskdale Green stations and walk back along the top, taking in the delights of Muncaster Castle on the return leg.

Herdwick Country

With their distinctive white heads, grey fleeces and sturdy legs, it is impossible to mistake a Herdwick from any other sheep. This hardy breed is ideally suited to withstand harsh Cumbrian winters and remains the top choice of grazing animal for most local sheep farmers.

Brotherikeld Farm at the head of Eskdale was one of the original ‘herdwycks’ or sheep farms managed by Furness Abbey. Today, it is still one of the largest Herdwick farms in the Lake District.

Sheep farming was (and still is) an essential part of Cumbrian life and many local dialect words reflect this historical association. If you hear a farmer mention these words, this is what they mean . . .

  • 'tup' or 'tip' - adult male ram
  • 'ewe' or 'yow' - adult male ram
  • 'grimmer' and 'hogg' - young female ewe
  • 'shearling' - ewe between 1 and 2 years old

See Herdwicks for yourself by coming along to the Eskdale Show, held on the last Saturday of September every year.

The Beckside boggle of Mitredale

Mitredale is a secretive and lonely valley, separated from Eskdale by a craggy ridge. Although largely forested in its upper section, the valley has plenty of hidden delights for the intrepid explorer to discover and a chilling tale to boot . . .

At the head of Mitredale is an old farmhouse which now lies in ruins after the occupants fled in terror. One evening there was a knock on the door, which opened to reveal an old woman covered in a shawl. She asked if she could have lodging for the night and was invited into the parlour to keep warm by the fire. The farmer’s wife had been busy that evening boiling mutton fat (tallow) to make candles. Eventually the old woman fell asleep and the covering shawl slipped from her head revealing an unshaven man clutching a knife. The farmer’s wife was gripped with fear, and lifted the boiling pan of tallow and poured it over the stranger, choking him to death. The next day the farmer returned to find the corpse still in front of the fire. Not knowing what to do, they decided to bury the body secretly and never to speak of it again. But, thereafter, the family were plagued by constant troubles and had to flee the valley never to return. 

The red ore of Boot

Just above Boot are the vestiges of Nab Gill iron ore mine. The remains of an incline, mine office and smithy can be seen, along with a railway platform. This was the original terminus of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (or La’al Ratty as it is better known), which opened in 1875 to carry iron ore from the mine to Ravenglass. For the best view, head to the track above Eskdale Mill and look across to the industrial remains.

Turning Japanese

Who would have thought that in the heart of Eskdale is a hidden Japanese garden? From Eskdale Green, follow the footpath through Giggle Alley Wood until you reach a flight of stone steps which delivers you into an oriental world far removed from the woodland surrounds. The garden, once part of the Gatehouse estate, was designed to utilise natural features to create an idealised eastern ‘garden’ enhanced by water features and judicious planting of bamboo, azaleas, Japanese maples and rhododendrons. The garden was abandoned in the 1950s but is now being lovingly restored to its former glory. Free admission.

Discover Eskdale

To learn much more about this beautiful valley, go to St Bega’s Church in Eskdale Green. Here a series of highly attractive and informative panels richly illustrate all aspects of Eskdale’s amazing heritage and landscapes.

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