Things to do nearby Little Christcliff
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.
The area around Little Christcliff is known as Upper Eskdale, an untouched corner of the one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District. This is the quieter side of the National Park, with a peaceful tranquillity that makes it especially appealing to those who want to avoid the crowds. It is also the valley in which Sally grew up - you can read her memories of growing up and her favourite parts of the valley in Sally's review of Eskdale.
A path leads almost from the door of Little Christcliff Cottage to Eel Tarn, a pleasant walk of around 40 minutes. There is plenty of interesting rock en route for crag rats and boulderers. The path continues uphill to Slight Side, and the less visited Scafell, revealing an interesting route that few people tread.
A little way down the valley from the cottage is the famous Ravenglass & Eskdale Miniature Railway, possibly the most leisurely way to explore the valley! The steam trains chug for 7 miles through Eskdale until they reach the sea at Ravenglass. You can hop on and off at several stations along the way, or just sit back and enjoy the view. To reach the station at Dalegarth, walk in the direction of the Woolpack inn, but cross over to Doctor Bridge and follow the riverside path downstream to the stepping-stones. A path from the church leads to the station.
The valley road winds its way to the Hard Knott Pass, a steep mountain road that is one of the most challenging drives in the Lakes. A little way up the pass is an old Roman fort built between AD120 and AD138, which is open to visitors. There are spectacular views from there right down to the Irish Sea and the old fishing village of Ravenglass, where there is a ruined Roman bath-house – great to combine with a trip on the Ratty.
If you feel like venturing out of the valley, then Wasdale is close at hand, offering outstanding mountaineering and hillwalking. You can read more in our Wasdale Guide.
The South Lakes can be reached within a 45 minute drive over Hard Knott and Wrynose Passes, where you will find a wealth of tourist attractions, shops to look round and plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to sample. Read our South Lakes Guide.
Keswick is considered the adventure capital of not just the north Lake District, but the entire country! The town offers a multitude of activity providers, not to mention the playground of Borrowdale to try out new skills. Read our Keswick guide here.