There are walks to suit every taste nearby; from a scramble up to the summit of Scafell Pike to very intresting walks of various length starting from the house. Information on walks is available at http://www.eskdale.info
Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass stands on Roman foundations and, despite the castle being haunted, the Pennington family have lived there since 1026! The castle is famous for it’s beautiful gardens which are spectacular in spring and early summer. It is also the headquarters of the World Owl Centre and you will find one of the world’s biggest collections of owls on site.
Food And Drink
Eskdale has 5 pubs to quench your thirst and serve good quality home cooking. The Bower House Inn at the west side of Eskdale green is a 10 minute walk from the cottage and serves good quality food. The George lV at the other end of Eskdale Green is a 15 minute walk. The Woolpack Inn, Boot Inn, Brookhouse Inn are all convenient stop offs when out walking or a short journey by car.
Ravenglass to Eskdale Railway
A 7 mile glorious journey on “La’al Ratty” from Ravenglass through Miterdale following the river valley, as you leave Irton Road station you can see Rock How standing on the hillside looking over the valley, on through Eskdale Green station and then on to Dalegarth.
The Dalegarth to Ravenglass railway was built in 1875 to carry ore it’s ancient steam engines and period carriages now take tourists on this most scenic journey with interesting walks at every station you can stop off at each station to explore before making the return journey.
Eskdale Golf Course
Eskdale Golf Course is an 18 hole parkland course par 69 and a length of 5494 yards. As well as testing even the most skilful player it has stunning views. The course is open from 1st April to 30th October. The club request that you book in advance by telephoning 01229 717680.
Gardens To Visit
THE JAPANESE GARDEN, in Giggle Alley forest, was the jewel in James Rea’s horticultural crown. Following decades of neglect the garden is now being caringly restored by local volunteers and Forest Enterprise. There are thickets of bamboo, a stunning display of Japanese maples and the heady scent of azaleas in the spring. The whole forest is open to the public, but the quickest way to see it is look over the back wall of the garden, it is 50 metres to the right!
MUNCASTER CASTLE is famous for it’s rhododendron gardens, and miles of interesting garden walks.glades of native plants and more specialist species, a wild flower meadow and beautifully situated terrace gardens