Things to do nearby Penny Hill Farm Cottage

Penny HIll Farm is situated near the foot of Hardknott Pass, across the curiously named Doctors Bridge. It falls within the greater area of Boot, a hamlet at the head of the Eskdale valley with its own special character. At nearby Dalegarth you can hop on the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway, affectionately known as La’al Ratty.

Boot has two pubs, the Boot Inn and the Brook House Inn. The Woolpack Inn is not far up the lane at the foot of the Hardknott Pass.


At the top of the village lane is Eskdale Mill, the last remaining working mill in the Lake District. It is one of the oldest water powered corn mills in England. The mill makes for a very interesting morning or afternoon where you can take a tour and see the original working machinery.

The walk possibilities are virtually endless. From the cottage you can walk along the beautiful River Esk and across the stepping stones to St Catherine's Church. At the end of the lane in Boot the road peters out and turns into a footpath onto the fell. From here you can walk to Burnmoor Tarn, the mysterious stone circles on Brat’s Moss, or even right the way to the top of Scafell.


The Ratty Railway, Eskdale, Lake Distict





Within walking distance

  • Scafell Pike - England's highest mountain
  • Wastwater - England's deepest lake
  • Hundreds of riverside, valley and mountain walks and climbs
  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Miniature Railway.
  • Muncaster Castle, with its azaleas, rhododendrons and Hawk & Owl Centre.
  • Hardknott Roman Fort & Ravenglass Roman Bath House
  • Eskdale Corn Mill - still working with its waterwheel
  • Eskdale Golf Course is an 18 hole golf course and stocked fishing pools in a stunning location.  The course is located off the A595 just south of Muncaster Castle – For further information and to enquire about bookings, please call 01229 717680.
  • Ravenglass fishing village
  • Fold End Art Gallery
  • Stanley Ghyll waterfall
  • There are 5 pubs in the valley - The Woolpack Inn, The Brook House and the Boot Inn are the nearest pubs to Penny Hill Farm Cottage.

Visit our Eskdale Guide for more information.

Muncaster Castle



Within one hour's drive are most of the Lake District's attractions, including:

  • Boating on Derwentwater, Coniston and Windermere
  • Windermere, with its Steamboat Museum, marina, water skiing and sailing
  • Horse riding and pony trekking
  • Dozens of historical houses and castles open to the public
  • Wordsworth's birthplace and his homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.
  • Brantwood, home to John Ruskin.
  • Cumbria's coast with sandy beaches
  • The 'Theatre by the Lakeside' at Keswick.
  • The Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre:
  • Shopping at Ambleside and Kendal
  • Steamboat Gondola on Coniston
  • South Lakeland Wild Animal Park



There are several Golf Courses within a few miles of the cottage are:

  • Eskdale Golf Club (10 mins drive from Eskdale Village)
  • Cockermouth Golf Club (45 minutes from Eskdale)
  • St. Bees Golf Course (30 minutes from Eskdale)
  • Seascale Golf Course (15 minutes from Eskdale)
  • Windermere Golf
  • Workington Golf Course (50 minutes from Eskdale)



Eskdale Events

  • Eskdale Art Exhibition - held on the Whit Bank Holiday weekend in May at the Primary School in Eskdale Green.
  • Boot Beer Festival
  • Eskdale Fete, Held annually at the Outward Bound Centre, Eskdale Green, August Bank Holiday.
  • Eskdale Show - the last Saturday in September in the field by the George IV pub - See our review of Lake District shows.

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