Set in the heart of England’s finest walking country
The Woolpack Inn is in the heart of Eskdale in the Lake District National Park and our location is stunning – at the top of one of England’s most dramatic valleys, and the bottom of one of its most exciting roads – Hardknott Pass.
We are close to the small and attractive village of Boot, where the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway terminates at Dalegarth Station. Enjoyable by all the family, the La’al Ratty, as it is affectionately known, is a narrow gauge steam railway that travels to Ravenglass on the coast. (This in turn links to the mainline train service to Lancaster, Carlisle and beyond, making us accessible to the non-car driver.) The railway can easily be used as transport to the Roman town of Ravenglass and the world-renowned Muncaster Castle and the World Owl Trust.
Alternatively, hire a bicycle and go for a scramble on the fells, or try to ride up the daunting Hardknott Pass to the Roman Fort. We bet most of you won’t reach Wrynose Pass on the other side though!
The area offers something for everyone – from a relaxed stroll along the gentle lanes to a rigorous assault of Scafell and Scafell Pike. Just a few miles away, lies Wastwater, Britain’s deepest lake, plunging to a depth of approximately 300 feet.
The Woolpack Inn is also ideally located for exploring the West Cumbria coastline, from the beautiful beach at St Bees to Whitehaven, home to the Maritime Festival and The Rum Story (about the history of smuggling which was rife on the coast for hundreds of years), to the fishing village of Maryport.
Ambleside, Keswick, Cockermouth and the Central Lakes are not that far away, and can provide an ideal place for some retail-therapy or some fine eating establishments for lunch and dinner.
Nothing is too far, and we are more than happy to recommend a day-out or discuss some of the Lake District’s attractions and sights.