Things to do nearby Whillanside
Boot is 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. At the end of the lane 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.
Although most famous for its walking opportunities, the Lakes offer a wide variety of leisure activities. Close to Whillanside (5 mins walk) is the small gauge railway The La'al Ratty which runs regular steam engine services to the old Roman port of Ravenglass. Even closer is the Eskdale Corn Mill with its twin water wheels the tour of this 18th century mill is well worth an afternoon or morning.
There are also many fishing rivers, streams, and lakes. Day passes can be purchased from local ambling associations where needed. There is also free fishing at Burnmoor Tarn or day tickets can be purchased for the River Irt or the River Esk (01229 467211), or Devoke Water on Birker Moor (01229 717237).
St.Bees is a delightful beach with breathtaking views toward the Isle of Man from St Bees Head. St. Bees is the start of the coast to coast walk and only heritage coastline between Wales and Scotland with an RSBP bird reserve.
- 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 Course (50 minutes from Eskdale)
- Workington Golf Course (50 minutes from Eskdale)
- Eskdale Art Exhibition- held on the Whit Bank Holiday weekend in May at the Primary School in Eskdale Green.
- Boot Beer Festival - held early June.
- 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.
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 Owl Sanctuary.
- Hardknott Roman Fort & Ravenglass Roman Bath House
- Eskdale Corn Mill - still working with its waterwheel
- Ravenglass fishing village
- Fold End Art Gallery
- Fishing on river or stocked pool
- Stanley Ghyll waterfall
- 5 Pubs in Eskdale - The Brook House Inn and The Boot Inn are the two nearest pubs to Whillanside.
- Visit our Eskdale Area Guide for more details.
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
- Golf courses
- 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