Rich cultral heritage, great local food and some of England’s finest walking country!
The valleys of Eskdale and Wasdale along with the coastal village of Ravenglass sit amongst a host of local attractions, rich roman heritage and some of the area’s most stunning vistas.
The spectacular peaks and beautiful waterfalls of Eskdale are created by the sparkling River Esk which starts high in the mountains at Esk House and winds its way dramatically to the sea. The valley also contains Hardknott pass – Britain’s steepest road with breathtaking bends and steep inclines which are not for the faint hearted but provide panoramic views at the top. As the pass descends into Eskdale it passes Hardknott Roman Fort. Built in the 2nd Century AD on a rocky spur it is an interesting archaeological site.
In the heart of this lovely valley is the small village of Boot, home to a working corn mill, three real-ale pubs and a micro-brewery. The Woolpack Inn, at the foot of Hardknott Pass, serves great food, real ale and a warm welcome.
A little inland stands Muncaster Castle, ancient family seat of the Pennington family with colourful spring gardens, a Hawk & Owl centre, a celebrated ‘fool' and ghosts aplenty to keep visitors amused for hours. Just a stones throw away lies Wasdale, home to Britain’s deepest lake, highest mountain, smallest church and biggest liar! Wasdale was also recently voted as Britain's Best View.
The area offers something for everyone – from a relaxed stroll along the gentle lanes to a rigorous assault of Scafell and Scafell Pike. This is the land of Bronze Age settlements, Roman forts, medieval mills, fascinating festivals and events and great locally sourced food and drink so come and discover this rich and welcoming corner of Cumbria. For more information visit Western Lakes Tourism.