Things to Do in Eskdale

The area is packed full of activities and things to do and see, from Eskdale to the surrounding areas of the Lake District, providing a vast choice activities to suit all ages and fitness levels.

Walking and cycling

The immediate surroundings of the valley of Eskdale, with its green fields and woodlands, is predominantly flat with a mixture of open fields, woods and pathways offering a multitude of walks for families with youngsters and those preferring a leisurely stroll.

From the King George

There are many walking and cycling routes right from the front door step, along lanes, by streams and rivers, through woods or over the nearby hills (just ask Jonnty). One of the best riverside walks in the area is from the King George up to Doctor Bridge. Also from the King George you can reach the village of Boot, St Catherines Church and Stanley Ghyll Force by following the River Esk upstream.
The newly opened Eskdale bicycle trail makes the valley easy to explore on bike, and the steam railway, La'al Ratty which winds its way seven miles up the valley, has bike carriers so you can plan a circular trip in the saddle (note: must be pre-booked).

The Eskdale Trail

The Eskdale Trail is a 14km route from Dalegarth Visitor Centre (just outside the village of Boot) to Ravenglass via Muncaster Fell and Castle. It can be walked or cycled and cycles can be hired by the day or half day at Dalegarth. If you wish to visit Muncaster Castle then please note there is an entrance fee. There is a return route through the woods which line the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway or you can simply take the train (24hrs notice required for cycles).
Dalegarth Visitor Centre has other suggested cycling routes but other options would be by road to Santon Bridge, taking a right just before the bridge towards Wast Water and 'Britains Best View'. Or take a left at the T junction at The King George and head towards Ulpha Fell and Devoke Water. And for the budding Tour De France riders why not try an ascent of Hardknott Pass, stopping off at Hardknott Roman Fort if the going gets a bit too much.

For more suggestions of where to walk visit Where2Walk

Hiking and Mountain Climbing in Eskdale


For a good easy stroll and low in altitude are Mancaster Fell, Eskdale Fell (Great How) and Irton Pike. Hard Knott and Border End provide some relaxing walks too.
On the south side of Eskdale Harter Fell rises up prominently providing some excellent views of the fells to the north and east and the sea to the west. It is well worth the climb.

St Bees beach

Less than an hour away by car is the lovely beach of St Bees, with views toward the Isle of Man from St Bees Head.

Wild Swimming and plunging pools


The eskdale area abounds with natural pools and tarns for plunges or dips during the summer months, with Trough House and Forge bridges for jumping off into the deep river pools.

The nearest spot is at Eskdale Bridge, just a couple of minutes walk from the Inn.
There is also Blea Tarn, north-east from the Inn, reached by foot from the road then a steep walk up the valley.
A fantastic plunging spot is at Gill Force, a small rocky gorge and pool on the River Esk, close to the village of boot
Read more at Wild Swimming website


The river esk runs through the valley to the estuary at Ravenglass, this is a popular canoe journey, providing a perfect environment to learn. The journey begins in a mountain environment and descends a number of small easily navigable safe weirs; it then evolves into a tidal river as it meanders towards the Ravenglass Estuary, and ending with the outgoing tide for a couple of miles into Ravenglass.

West Lakes Adventure

Located in the Eskdale Valley in the heart of the Lake District is West Lakes Adventure, providers of adventure activities for groups, families and individuals all year round.
Book to join in on an activity through their online events calander, see West Lakes Adventure events-calendar
For bookings and more information visit West Lakes Adventure website at

Eskdale Golf Course

Less than 15 minutes by car heading south-west towards Ravenglass is Eskdale's very own 18 Hole Par 69 parkland course that reaches 5,494 yards in length.
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Horse riding and pony trekking

A gentle trek over fells and tracks, beach rides on the Irish Sea coast, or mountaineering on horse-back, the Lake District area has many Equestrian Centres to choose from. The nearest ones to us are:
Cumbrian Heavy Horses, Whicham Valley (30 mins by car via the A595) -
Bradley's Riding Centre, Kinniside (30 mins by car via the A595) -

Other Local Activities:

We are more than happy to recommend a day-out or discuss some of the Lake District's attractions and sights.

For more on what Eskdale has to offer visit our Local Area page.