There are many walks around this beautiful, scenic area of the Western Lake District. Some are a short drive away but some have their starting point locally.
For those wanting a short walk:- If you cross the bridge over Whillan Beck in Boot Village you will come to Eskdale Mill, dating back to 1578. Here you can visit one of the few remaining water corn mills and learn more about how life was, the industry of the area and all about it’s people.
Continue past the mill for another walk which will bring you to Eel Tarn. Or try another walk, passing the church, which will lead you to Doctor Bridge. If you return on the opposite side of the river bank you will emerge at the King George 1V pub at Eskdale Green.
Another short walk would take you to Stanley Ghyll Force, a 60 foot waterfall in a dramatically deep and narrow gorge. Along this walk you will pass the ancient manor house, Dalegarth Hall which was built in 1599. Check out the painted glass windows depicting the arms of various branches of the residential families here.
At the Eskdale end of the Hard Knott Pass is one of the loneliest posts of the Roman Empire, the Hardknott Roman Fort. On a most spectacular site and overlooking the pass, it is part of the old Roman road from Ambleside to Ravenglass, and thought to have been built about AD120 to AD180. The fort was known to the Romans as ‘Mediobogdum’.
By the River Esk and only about a half a mile from the village is the church of St Catherine. With a magnificent setting and a backdrop of Scafell Pike this church dates back to the 12th century.