Eskdale, a Living Landscape

Within the valley are the villages of Boot, Eskdale Green and Ravenglass, a Narrow Gauge Steam Railway, a Castle, the last working Corn Mill in the Lake District, a Roman Fort, 7 Inns and much much more.

Eating Out

In easy walking distance are 2 pubs, The Bower House Inn and The King George IV, with Brook House Inn, The Woolpack Inn and The Boot Inn about 2 miles up the road at Boot, all serving a great range of Real Ales and Good Food. If you are a whisky fan Brook House has over 180 malts on offer. Ravenglass has a selection of pubs and the La'al Ratty railway has a cafe at each terminus.


Eskdale Green village store sells an assortment of groceries, and outdoor equipment. The Post Office in Boot has a variety of goods on offer along with ice creams for those hot summer days. Further afield on the coast, with a sandy beach is the village of Seascale which has various shops including 2 small supermarkets, a pharmacy with a Post Office counter and the best homemade Ice-Cream Parlour in West Cumbria (Mawson's Dairy). Gosforth boasts an excellent Bakery (open Tues-Fri) and a General store which opens until 9pm.

Eskdale Attractions

The Eskdale area has a wonderful assortment of attractions and places of interest, not least of which are the spectacular fells. Scafell and Harter Fell dominate the landscape. Within the valley there is a sense of space with emerald green fields and grazing Herdwick sheep separated from the woodlands by miles of centuries old dry stone walling. In the background are the sounds of the river Esk tumbling over rocks as it winds its way from Esk Hause to the sea at Ravenglass. Deep pools in the river provide exhilarating opportunities for wild swimming. Wastwaster lies in the next valley, a 15 minute drive away.

Listed below are some of the main attractions, but for more information please see the Eskdale website

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

 Muncaster Castle and Owl Centre

Eskdale Mill