The Smithy is a beautiful conversion for four guests based in the Miterdale Valley, one of the most tranquil and beautiful parts of the Lake District. The property was originally the village blacksmiths and is now a mixture of period features and modern furnishings. Perfect for families, children are welcome to use the outdoor play area at our nearby holiday cottage Mite Villa (also sleeping 4 and just 100 yards away from the Smithy). The owners offer flexible short breaks - please call the office for more details.
You will find a superb selection of walks from the front door of The Smithy, from gentle strolls along the valley bottom, to challenging hikes over the fells and mountains.
One of our favourite walks is over the fells, dropping down into the neighbouring Wasdale valley, with the Wasdale Head Inn at the end of the walk. Wasdale is a valley of extremes with England’s highest mountain (Scafell), smallest church (St Olaf’s), deepest lake (Wastwater) and biggest liar competition (held annually at the Santon Bridge Inn).
Eskdale is also a wonderful starting point for hundreds of walks. The river has natural pools for swimming and is a popular place for canoeing and fishing. The famous Ravenglass & Eskdale Miniature Railway runs along the valley, its steam trains making the leisurely seven-mile journey down to the sea.
There are five pubs in Eskdale, all welcoming children and serving real ales and a wide choice of good food. The nearest pub to The Smithy is the Bower House Inn and it will take you about ten minutes to walk there along quiet roads. The village shop is a half hour walk away, sells a comprehensive range of goods, including groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, alcohol and newspapers. There is some reception for mobile phones on the Orange network.