A world away from frantic Windermere is what is often called “The Other Lake District”, consistently as “Quiet and Beautiful” and arguably containing the “Region’s Best Views”. We are talking about the Western Lake District.
Growing in popularity yet for some significant years yet, this areas around the Eskdale and Wasdale valley’s will most certainly offer all of the descriptions above.
Everything about this region of the Lake District National Park is about getting out and about. The two distinctly difference valley’s offer a variety of outdoor adventures for all ages and abilities.
Starting with Wasdale, home of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike and the deepest body of water, Wastwater. The valley is framed by the monster fells of the Lake District so naturally it is the place to be for fell walking, climbing, ghyll scrambling and mountain biking. Head onto the mysterious Wastwater for canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and diving.
Onto the equally as dramatic but definitely with an air of prettiest is Eskdale Valley. Travel to the valley by steam via the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway taking visitors through the Western Lake District countryside including woods and the villages of Eskdale Green and Boot. Open air, the steam train is an absolute must and definitely not just for kids, adults and even dogs have smiles on their faces! The Eskdale Valley is the gateway to the Central Lakes via the steepest road in England, Hardknott Pass. From the valley take on Scafell Pike from the other side, enjoy miles of mountain bike routes, take on the mighty Hardknott Pass even if it’s just to visit the ancient Roman Fort at the top. Slightly less taxing is a walk to Stanley Ghyll Force. Eighteen metres of crystal clear waterfall.
With plenty of places to eat and drink, traditional Lake District properties to stay in, and activity providers such as West Lakes Adventure who offer group, family, couple or individual experiences of all of the activities in this blog, discover the Western Lake District in 2017.