Eskdale is well known for the Lal Ratty Railway, Muncaster Castle and St Begas Church, but there is so much more all of which can be enjoyed in a day. The journey there from Langdale via Wrynose and Hardknott Passes is a great drive especially on a quiet day. Many stop to admire the Hardknott Roman Fort with its long views of Lake District landscapes imagining the never ending forests that would have greeted the first settlers and were cleared from the bronze age onwards.
Many visitors to Eskdale head straight to the high fells such as Scafell or Esk Pike and miss some of the hidden gems in the lower valley.
Narrow, deep and steep Stanley Ghyll Force is well worth exploring and the 18m drop is spectacular at all times of year and especially after heavy rain. When in full bloom at adjacent area can have a real “Jurassic Park” feel to it.
Many visitors to Eskdale head straight to the high fells such as Scafell or Esk Pike and miss some of the hidden gems in the lower valley
The wonderfully named Giggle Alley has the remains of a Japanese Garden at its heart, designed by Thomas Mawson for the local Estate (now the Outward Bound Centre) and now restored by local volunteers.
One of the highest and largest tarns in the Lake District located on one of the least visited fells Birker Fell it is almost a mile in length. From certain angles the view can be reminiscent of an infinity pool. The boat house is a favourite with photographers and in the right light can produce some wonderful images
Distance from Langdale -
Approx. 20 miles
Approx. 1 hour drive
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