Scafell and Scafell Pike from Bow Fell at head of upper Eskdale

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Rockwood is a beautiful, comfortable self-catering holiday cottage located in Eskdale Green, Eskdale, Cumbria, in the Western Lake District (the English Lakes).

Eskdale is bordered by Wasdale and  Wastwater to the north and the Duddon valley to the south.  Eskdale provides easy access to the high fells on Scafell, Scafell Pike, Bow Fell, Harter Fell among others.  The river Esk (and rivers Mite, Duddon and Irt) provide many beautiful riverside walks and gentle rambles.

Eskdale is home to the famous Ravenglass & Eskdale narrow gauge steam railway, known as the “Ratty” or “La’Al Ratty”, which starts from Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast and ends at Dalgarth (Boot) in Eskdale.  Irton Road station is down a short lane opposite the house.

Rockwood welcomes pets and responsible pet owners.  The house is locates on the edge of the village of Eskdale Green.  There is a well-stocked local shop and two pubs (“The Bower House” and the King George IV”) within easy walking distance.

Eskdale holiday cottages

There are many self-catering holiday cottages in Eskdale and Wasdale.  However, Rockwood has been described by a recent visitor who has stayed in a number of them as the “best self-catering cottage in Eskdale”.  We hope you choose Rockwood for your self-catering holiday cottage in Eskdale in the Lake District

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Scafell massif Bow Fell
Scafell massif Wast Water
Pillar Mosedale
Scafell Pike Harter Fell
River Esk River Esk

Things to do in the locality

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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.

Many mountains to climb

Eskdale provides direct access to many high peaks including Scafell Pike, Scafell, Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags, Harter Fell and Illgill Head (above Wast Water).  It is only a short drive round Irton Pike to Wasdale and Wast Water which provides access to the surrounding peaks of Great Gable, Green Gable, Kirk Fell, Haycock and Seatallen as well as being the start point for a number of the easier routes up Sca Fell and Scafell Pike.  Wasdale Head also gives access to Mosedale which is ringed by the peaks of Pillar, Steeple, Red Pike and Yewbarrow.

Many rivers to cross

There are numerous easy but lovely walks along the rivers Esk, Mite, Irt and Duddon.  The lower Esk has numerous river side picnic spots, while the upper Esk has dramatic waterfalls and deeply incised gorges.

Many other activities to enjoy

The area offers many other activities, including fishing, riding, bird watching, swimming, etc. 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 narrow-gauge Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (“La’al Ratty”) runs from Ravenglass on the coast (with mainline connections to Carlisle and Lancaster) to Dalegarth (Boot) in Eskdale.  The railway is popular with visitors to Rockwood and provides an enjoyable way to travel around Eskdale.

Explore the wider Lake District

Other parts of the Lake District can be reached easily from Eskdale. Langdale, Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere are a short, but spectacular, drive or cycle ride over Hard Knott and Wrynose passes.
To the north of Eskdale are Wasdale, Ennerdale, Loweswater and Buttermere, while Dunnerdale, Coniston and the southern lakes can be reached to the south over Birker Fell.

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