Eskdale in Winter

Burnmoor Tarn from Eskdale in winter

Frost grips the tarns, crags and fells of the Eskdale and the Duddon valley and the landscape slips into slumber. The low sun and occasional light dusting of snow pick out more clearly the echoes of previous human settlements and the scars left by quarrying and mining.

The waters in the rivers rise as rainfall increases and, as the temperature falls, ice can begin to creep outwards from the banks. In the distance the fells acquire a new sense of isolation and separateness from the landscape below.

Things to do

Stride out on paths alongside rivers and streams and into wilder lands. Enjoy the woodlands, peaceful places alive with mammals and birds foraging for food. Or simply pause and think of what it is to farm here whilst standing alone upon a remote fell side.

For a higher altitude experience you can climb Scafell Pike via the Coffin Route and Burnmoor Tarn – this is a less frequented trail. Be sure to plan ahead, check the weather forecast, and prepare well for such an excursion.

Food and drink

There are fine and varied public houses dotted across Eskdale – which will be your favourite?

Where to stay?

Why not take a few days to absorb the atmosphere and scenery of these forgotten Lakeland valleys and there’s no better way than to stay in our secluded holiday cottages at Birdhow in Eskdale or Thrang in the Duddon.