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 ' Lakeland’s loveliest valley, remains quiet and unspoilt, almost secretive .’

The valley of Eskdale, in the very heart of the Lake District, seems to echo with superlatives. While the Lake District as a whole has been designated an area of outstanding beauty, it was Eskdale that the famous fellwalker Wainwright singled out as Lakeland’s loveliest valley, and it remains quiet and unspoilt, almost secretive.

The head of Eskdale is encircled by England’s highest mountains, yet it is a valley that offers a tremendous variety of landscapes, from the waterfalls, glinting tarns and oak-clad slopes of mid-Eskdale, and the russet blaze of the moors, to the sand-dunes and beaches at Ravenglass.

Eskdale prides itself on its hospitality. All its inns offer real ales, real food and real atmospheres, while accommodation ranges from Elizabethan farmhouses and baronial bedrooms to the warm welcome of our guest houses. The valley is also an ideal base for exploring the many attractions of the Western Lake District, with interests and activities for all ages.



Steeped in history 
It is a valley steeped in history. High up on Hardknott Pass is England’s most dramatic Roman fort, once described as ’an enchanted fortress in the air’. The low fells are dotted with stone circles and Bronze Age settlements, and out towards the coast are the stunning Viking crosses. In the middle of the valley, at Eskdale Green, is the Discover Eskdale exhibition, which is the perfect introduction to the valley’s heritage and traditions. A highlight is the display of Mary Fair’s photographs of village life in the 1920’s.

Things to see and do 
Muncaster Castle is famous for its inspirational gardens, the World Owl Centre and its ’wilder’ walks, while nearby La’al Ratty and his well-loved narrow gauge steam railway can transport you from the old smuggling hamlet of Ravenglass to the lovely village of Boot, with its ancient watermill, at the very foot of Scafell. For nature lovers too the valley is brimming with interest - buzzards and falcons soar on the summer breezes, and the forests are home to red squirrels, deer and badgers. Wild flowers are here in abundance, with orchids on the dunes and plump bilberries hiding in woodland glades.

A valley for all seasons 
Eskdale is a valley for all seasons - you can walk amongst woods carpeted with bluebells, primroses and fresh fern fronds in the spring, or warm to the sensational golds and reds of the autumn leaves and bracken-clad fells turned rosy-red in the late afternoon sun. When is the best time to come to Eskdale? - the simple answer is now.

Reading material 
Discover Eskdale 
The definitive guide. A 48 page booklet that details Eskdale’s attractions, what to do and where to stay. The booklet also contains a guide to the variety of attractions in the Western Lake District. Price £1.95.

Discover Eskdale Trail Guides
A series of 24 page, illustrated guidebooks on the rich heritage of Eskdale and the surrounding area. Current titles include ’The Stone Circles Trail’, ’The Viking Trail’, The Roman Trail’ and The Ravenglass & Muncaster Trail’ at £2.50, and ’E-SPY Eskdale - A Historic Trail’ priced £1.95.

Mail Orders can be sent to The Studio, Richmond Cottage, Eskdale Green, Eskdale, Cumbria CA19 1TL. Cheques should be made payable to Eskdale Open Group. Postage and packing in the UK is included.

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