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Eskdale is one of the most beautiful scenic valleys in England’s western Lake District, and with no particular connections to famous poets or artists, it is off the well-worn tourist track.
Boot Village could almost be called a hidden gem except that it is well known to heritage train enthusiasts for its Dalegarth Station, the eastern terminus of the narrow gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
Several times a day little steam trains climb the mountainside from Ravenglass Village estuary on the coast using an old mineral freight line established in 1875 which used to carry iron-ore from the workings near Boot.
Within easy walking distance of the station is the oldest working grain mill in England, Eskdale Mill, the 12th century St Catherine’s Church, the delightful Fell End Gallery selling local art and crafts and a magnificent 60 foot cascade in a dramatic deep and narrow gorge, known as Stanley Ghyll Force.
Boot is a cluster of white-washed stone cottages at the foot of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and makes an ideal base for walking. It has two CAMRA recommended pubs (the Boot Inn and Brook House Inn), a post office, general store and accommodation. There is ample free car parking at the station which has an interesting museum in the bottom of the station building, an adventure playground and a tea-room.
Eskdale Walks
To reach Eel Tarn, follow the road across the packhorse bridge to its end at Eskdale Mill. Go through the gate and follow the path across the fell to the tarn.
A short walk of half a mile takes the visitor to St Catherine’s Church on the banks of the River Esk. For a longer walk continue on past the church to Doctor Bridge and return along the opposite bank of the river, emerging at the George IV pub at Eskdale Green. Near Doctor Bridge, is the National Trust owned Penny Hill Farm, once owned by Beatrix Potter.
Boot is connected to Langdale and Ambleside Town via the challenging Hardknott and Wrynose Passes. As you negotiate the 1 in 3 gradients and hairpin bends remember that this was the main Roman route to Penrith and Ambleside. At the Eskdale end of Hardknott Pass are the remains of Mediobogdum Roman fort. The location of Hardknott Roman Fort overlooking the pass is spectacular and well worth a visit.
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By Road:
- Route 1 ( recommended route but not in icy conditions)
Leave the M6 at J36 follow signs for Lakes/ Windermere. Take exit off the A591 onto A590 following signs For Barrow. 3 Miles beyond Newby Bridge turn right onto the A5092. At Greenodd turn right onto the A595. Follow this road past Broughton in Furness then turn right at some traffic lights, just before the river Duddon. Follow this road to Ulpha, cross the river then take the next left, sign posted for Eskdale. Follow this road across Birker Moor, to the King George IV pub. Turn right and follow the lane to Boot.
- Route 2 (easy) As above but stay on the A595 at the traffic lights. At Holmrook take a small lane to Irton, take a right turn just before Irton Hall. At a T junction turn right past the Bower House Inn to the King George IV pub, turn left for Boot.
- Route 3 (hard not recommended in bad weather). This the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes route.
From M6 at J36 follow signs for AmblesideAt Ambleside turn left for Skelwith Bridge 1 mile after the bridge turn right down a small road for Little Langdale take the first left then follow the road towards Wrynose pass traverse the pass and descend to Cockley Beck.
Turn right and ascend Hardnott pass this drops steeply down into Eskdale. Follow the road to Boot. This route goes over the steepest passes in England !
- Route 4 From Scotland and the North East
Leave the M6 at Carlisle follow signs for Cockermouth on the A595 then for Whitehaven, stay on the A595 until Gosforth then turn left through the village and second right for Eskdale, stay on this road to the King George IV pub, turn turn left for Boot.
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