Rockwood is in an ideal location to explore the stunning scenery, natural environment and visitor attractions of the Western Lake District. There are many activities to enjoy, including gentle country rambles along the rivers Esk, Mite and Duddon to some of the most challenging mountain walking, fell-running, mountain-biking and road cycling in England.
Many mountains to climb
Eskdale provides direct access to many high peaks including Scafell Pike, Scafell, Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags, Harter Fell and Illgill Head (above Wast Water). It is only a short drive round Irton Pike to Wasdale and Wast Water which provides access to the surrounding peaks of Great Gable, Green Gable, Kirk Fell, Haycock and Seatallen as well as being the start point for a number of the easier routes up Sca Fell and Scafell Pike. Wasdale Head also gives access to Mosedale which is ringed by the peaks of Pillar, Steeple, Red Pike and Yewbarrow.
Many rivers to cross
There are numerous easy but lovely walks along the rivers Esk, Mite, Irt and Duddon. The lower Esk has many river side picnic spots, while the upper Esk has dramatic waterfalls and deeply incised gorges.
Many other activities to enjoy
The area offers many other activities, including fishing, riding, bird watching and swimming to name but a few. There are numerous places to visit, such as the Roman fort at Hard Knott (upper Eskdale), Muncaster Castle and Wordsworth’s birth place, Cockermouth. The Cumbrian coast has a rich and fascinating industrial heritage and the towns of Whitehaven, Barrow-in-Furness and Maryport have much to offer the visitor.
The narrow-gauge Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (“La’al Ratty”) runs from Ravenglass on the coast (with mainline connections to Carlisle and Lancaster) to Dalegarth (Boot) in Eskdale. The railway is popular with visitors to Rockwood and provides an enjoyable way to travel around Eskdale.
Explore the wider Lake District
Other parts of the Lake District can be reached easily from Eskdale. Langdale, Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere are a short, but spectacular, drive or cycle ride over Hard Knott and Wrynose passes.
To the north of Eskdale are Wasdale, Ennerdale, Loweswater and Buttermere, while Dunnerdale, Coniston and the southern lakes can be reached to the south over Birker Fell.