The valleys descend from the highest and wildest mountains all the way to the beautiful sandy beaches on Cumbria’s peaceful western coast. The landscape provides everything from grandeur and beauty to tranquillity and remoteness.
These valleys are a walkers paradise. Wander along one of the memorable riverside walks with their intimate scenic combination of crags, woods and waterfalls. Bring a picnic and don’t forget your dog! A favourite lower level walk is the Eskdale trail which follows the river from St Catherine’s church where you can cross the river on stepping stones. On a warm day cool off in one of the many rock pools.
If you want to get away from it all then Harter fell is quiet and truly beautiful, with wonderful panoramic views of Scafell and the southern fells. The higher mountains such as Esk Pike or Scafell with their magnificent views are well worth the long walk in from Eskdale.
For historical interest in a spectacular setting, a short drive part way up the infamous Hardknott pass to the Roman fort, named Mediobogdum, gives you a chance to walk in the footsteps of the Romans.
Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.
Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:
If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.
Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.
An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:
|Amount paid by visitor||£11.00||£10.00|
|Tax refund from Government*||£2.75||£0.00|
|Total received by the National Trust||£13.75||£10.00|
*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.