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Parking available in the villages and laybys. No National Trust parking in Eskdale
Dogs are welcome to our outdoor properties but please keep them under close control to protect stock and wildlife. Take a look at our Canine Code and enjoy a great day out with your pup!
Much of the countryside is steep and rugged.
Eskdale, 6 miles east of A595, turning at Eskdale Green. Duddon 3 miles north of A595, turning at Duddon Bridge near Broughton-in-Furness.
Parking: in laybys, along roadsides and at some small village car parks (not National Trust)
Ravenglass for Eskdale. Foxfield for Duddon.
The nearest Sustrans national cycling route is route 72 along the Cumbrian coast from Kendal to Silloth. Information about cycling in the Eskdale area, including routes and bike hire, can be found on the La’l ratty railway site here. There are a number of mountain biking routes in the Eskdale and Duddon area. The National Trust ranger guide showing these routes can be purchased in the National Trust campsite shop at Lake Head in Wasdale. The nearest bicycle hire is at Ravenglass, Muncaster cycles.
Eskdale and Duddon Valley has a one paw print rating. Find out all you need to know about bringing your furry side-kick on an adventure by the river, in the valleys and up the fells.
Descending from high wild mountains, the valley has riverside and woodland walks, waterfalls, stepping stones and the popular Eskdale Trail.
Narrow valley with rugged fells at its head and two of England’s highest mountain passes. Riverside, woodland and fell walking.
A tranquil base in the heart of the Lakes, for a holiday walking and exploring the region’s crags, woods and waterfalls.
A rural hideaway in Duddon Valley, this farmhouse is a peaceful retreat amongst fells and streams.
An attractive stone cottage in the tranquil heart of the Lakes where you and the family can explore nearby crags, woods and waterfalls.
A peaceful campsite less than a mile from the shore of Wastwater, perfectly placed for challenging bike trails and Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain.
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.
Discover the rich history of Eskdale & Duddon Valley, from prehistoric times to the present day. Find out about the industrial past of both locations, and how they inspired art.