Things to see and do during your stay at The Bower House Inn, Eskdale
We are located in the Western Lake District within the Lake District National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With activities and adventure on the doorstep. Some with no car required and many just a short drive away. The Western Lake District is home to England's steepest road - Hardknott, England's deepest body of water – Wastwater and England’s highest mountain – Scafell Pike but also a stretch of stunning coastline. Whether you are visiting for outdoor activities, family adventures, leisurely walks on fell or beach or historical attractions, we have it all.
Walking is by far the most popular reason to stay with us as we are located at the gateway to both Wasdale and Eskdale. It’s not all about Scafell Pike though (although it is quite a favourite!), the Wasdale and Eskdale Valleys both have many magnificent fells both low and high, mid level, river side and forest trails. Lots of routes can be done leaving your car in our car park, some a short drive away. Giggle Alley is a popular route so too the wonderful Miterdale and Park Gate Forests and Irton Pike.
Cycling both road and mountain biking is another thing we do well from here with lots of routes including one taking on the mighty Hardknott and Wrynose passes. The forests provide ideal off road cycle routes too, ideal for children but there is also plenty of more challenging mountain biking routes too.
Muncaster Castle, one of the most haunted buildings in the UK, is a short drove away or via the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway (see below). With 70 acres of gardens, the castle with tours, a hawk & owl centre with daily flying displays or their regular events throughout the year, many guests don’t just visit there once during their stay. Ideal for visitors of all ages. Look out for special events during the year especially Halloween where it gets very spooky!
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
The Ravenglass & Eskdale railway is a 7 mile narrow gauge railway starting at Ravenglass on the coast through to Dalegarth in the Eskdale Valley. Eskdale Green Station is just a short walk from us and is a fantastic way to travel to Ravenglass for the coast and to visit the Roman Bath House and Muncaster Castle or to Dalegarth for the Eskdale Valley for walking both high and low level. Simply the scenery you pass through is enough to delight.
The coastline is a hidden gem that even those who come to walk the fells fall in love with. Miles of sandy beaches from Ravenglass going north on to Drigg, to Seascale and then St Bees. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular and you can turn one way and see Scafell and turn the other and see the Isle of Man.
Golf isn’t always the first activity people think of when talking about the Western Lake District but the area has some great courses and we’re perfectly located for those wanting to make a base to play them. Eskdale Golf Course, a parkland course, Seascale Golf Club, a links course right on the coast looking out to the Isle of Man – most definitely a course for all weathers. Head a little further north for St Bees and Whitehaven.
For something different and varied then West Lakes Adventure can help with water activities offering paddle board hire, ghyll scrambling, canoeing, canyoning but also climbing sessions with qualified leaders and mountain bike hire. Great for families, couples, friends or team building where with our 20 bedrooms, we are the perfect base.