Rockwood is in an ideal location to explore the stunning scenery, natural environment and visitor attractions of the Western Lake District. There are many activities to enjoy, including gentle country rambles along the rivers Esk, Mite and Duddon to some of the most challenging mountain walking, fell-running, mountain-biking and road cycling in England. There are numerous places to visit, such as the Roman fort at Hard Knott (upper Eskdale), Muncaster Castle and Wordsworth’s birth place, Cockermouth. The Cumbrian coast has a rich and fascinating industrial heritage and the towns of Whitehaven, Barrow-in-Furness and Maryport have much to offer the visitor. The famous narrow gauge Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (“La’al Ratty”) can be seen from Rockwood as it passes through Irton Road station on its way from Ravenglass on the coast to Dalegarth (Boot) in Eskdale. Eskdale retains strong roots in hill farming which allows the visitor a glimpse of authentic Cumbrian (Cumberland) life.
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Cottage in Eskdale Green, Eskdale (near Wasdale), Lake District, Cumbria - Quiet Location. Large Garden. Views To Fells. Dog Friendly. Short Walk To Local Shop & Pubs
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Charming and homely cottage in a beautiful location
Communication with the owners was easy and plentiful with all essential details provided. The cottage itself is a lovely blend of Victorian charm and modern convenience. The properties sense of peace is enhanced by it's distance and elevation from the road. In views from the cottage, the road is hardly seen, just the wonderful countryside and the historic narrow gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway passing on the other side of the valley. Six of us, and a parrot, stayed in the property and we had plenty of space for all, whether spending time together or separately. The kitchen and bathroom offered modern amenities, whilst all living areas were comfortable and cosy. Plenty of books and DVDs tempted us, but we spent much time out and and about, as there is so much to do in the close vicinity. We had two great meals at The Bower House Inn, an easy walk away, and another at Brook House Inn in Boot, from where the more adventurous of our group trekked up onto the fell to visit the stone circles (details of which were in one of the many guides and information booklets at the cottage). Finally, huge thanks to the owners, for organising the return of 2 items which we managed to leave behind at the end of our stay.
Idyllic setting, homely house, great holiday
We have had the most wonderful week at Rockwood. It is a real home from home with bright well proportioned rooms and everything you could need. Comfy beds too! Worked perfectly for our family of 4 and dog but easily takes 7 as well. Garden is a real treat in the summer and it's lovely to look out onto the narrow guage railway from the house. Wonderful spot with lovely walks from the house and pubs and a village shop in walking distance. Owners were very helpful. Walked over from the house over Muncaster Fell to Ravenglass and back on narow guage railway, walked from house to Dalegarth Station, swam in St Catherine's pools, went to the beach at Drigg, climbed Scarfell Pike, swam at Blea Tarn - amazing weather and made the most of it. Enjoy the pies from Gillian's bakery in Gosforth and amazing apple crumble ice cream from the shop in Boot. We will definitely be back - I'd move in if I could!!
The setting was perfect. The house was delightful and had everything we needed. The children ( and us) adored the little railway, and waving to the passengers.
Peaceful, beautiful...what more could you want?
Lovely to hear you enjoyed your Rockwood Summer holiday and L'al Ratty!
Special interest holidays:
Members of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society are able to work as volunteers on the railway. Contact the Preservation Society for further details. The railway is easily accessible from Rockwood.
It is only a short drive from Eskdale Green to the coast which contains different types of coastal scenery and wildlife habitats in a relatively small area. These include huge dune fields at Drigg (a nature reserve); long stretches of sandy beach at St Bees and Silecroft (Millom); towering sea cliffs at St Bees Head; and vast sand flats around the Solway Firth (great for kite surfing).
Rockwood can be reached in less than an hour from the M6. For those approaching from the south this can include a beautiful drive over Birker Fell from the Duddon Valley. Although most visitors arrive at Rockwood by car, some have arrived by train. This involves taking the Cumbrian coast line from either Lancaster (to the south) or Carlisle (north) to Ravenglass, transferring to "La'al Ratty" (the local narrow gauge railway) to Irton Road and walking the final 100 yards to Rockwood.
Distances from Rockwood to food and drink:
- local shop (Eskdale Stores): 500 yards
- pub (Bower House): 600 yards
- pub (King George IV): 1 mile
- small supermarket (Gosfoth): 5 miles
- bakery (Gosforth): 5 miles
- large supermarket (Egremont): 12 miles
Distances from Rockwood to visitor attractions:
- Irton Road station ("La'al Ratty"): 100 yards
- Eskdale Water Mill: 3 miles
- Wastwater (Wasdale): 4 miles
- Hardknott Roman Fort: 5 miles
- Muncaster Castle: 6 miles
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: We ask for a small deposit (£100) to secure a booking. Bookings are confirmed on receipt of the deposit and a completed booking form. Balance is due eight weeks prior to the holiday. Payment by cheque or bank transfer. Changeover Day: Bookings normally run from Saturday to Saturday. To allow sufficient time to prepare the cottage, visitors should arrive no earlier than 16:00 on the day of arrival and leave no later than 10:00 on day of departure.