Country cottages and self-catering accommodation in Eskdale - Lake District, Cumbria, England
To the east over Hardnott and Wrynose Passes (England's steepest mountain road), through beautiful Little Langdale, lie the tourist attractions of Ambleside, Coniston, Grasmere and Windermere. Six miles north is Wastwater, England's deepest 'lake', and Wasdale, probably the most dramatic valley in all of lakeland. A little further north brings you to Ennerdale Valley. South over Birker Fell is the unspoiled Dunnerdale Valley and Coniston Fells.
There are lots of easy walks in Eskdale, riverside and waterfall paths, nature and forest trails, through fields or over low fells ... the list is endless.
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There are some excellent walks near Eskdale where after a hike you should be rewarded with some stunning scenery. Keen climbers may want to head for Scafell whereas if you are after a stroll why not walk around Eskdale Green. You can use the 'L'aal Ratty' narrow gauge steam railway to extend your range of walks and visits. Pony trekking can be arranged at Kinniside - 14 miles away. There are golf courses at Seascale, St. Bees and Workington.
For naturalists, there are bird sanctuaries at Drigg, St. Bees and Hodbarrow. There is also a nature reserve at Eskmeals and an own centre at Muncaster. You will find ancient oak woodlands and a rich variety of wildlife habitats from the seashore to the mountain tops.
Historians and archaeologists can delight in Roman remains at Hardnott Fort and the Ravenglass Bath House. Ancient crosses and stone circles hail from even further back in history. There are restored corn mills at Muncaster and Boot, castles at Muncaster and Egremeont.
Steam railway enthusiasts will be delighted with the 'L'aal Ratty' with its seven miles of narrow gauge line, twelve locomotives, and a railway museum. A slow train journey is a wonderful opportunity for admiring the passing Lakeland countryside.
Self-catering accommodation and cottages in Eskdale, the Lake District
The village of Holmrook is a good base for hikers and walkers in the Lake District, especially those with intentions to climb Scafell Pike. The village offers esential amenities for self-catering holidays; there is a shop that sells most items (food, drink, alcoholic beverages), a post-office/outdoor shop, public telephone, and two inns which serve excellent food. A further three inns can be found eastward along Eskdale valley.
The 'L'aal Ratty', a narrow gauge steam railway stops at two stations in the village : "Irton Road" and "The Green".
Related Eskdale and Lake District pages
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