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This very remote south facing cottage nestles on the fellside above the River Esk at the head of Eskdale. Bird how is small, with cosy rustic accommodation on one floor, and the old cow shippon underneath. This is not for the faint-hearted but our customers frequently tell us that they delight in its simplicity.
Upper Eskdale is a haven of tranquillity, ideal for climbers, walkers or for simply getting away from it all in a beautiful and lesser known part of the Lake District National Park. For hikers in search of a challenge there are a few worth trying on the doorstep. The cottage is situated near the bottom of the steepest road in England, a walk up to the Roman Fort close to the top is a good start to the day. If you want to avoid the crowds on Scafell Pike take the “back way” so you pop out on to Mickledore, the ridge that links Scafell to Scafell Pike.
The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.
Heating: Electric wall heating included.
Parking: A parking space is available outside of the gate leading to the cottage.
Garden: A walled field surrounds the cottage.
Accessibility : The approach is along a rough farm track. Low slung and rear wheel drive vehicles may have problems when fully loaded.
Linen: Please note - linen is not available at this cottage. Duvets and pillows will be on the beds but you will need to take your own sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and towels.
Television/Signal: There is no television as reception is poor in the area.
Please note: The cottage does not have a bathroom. The kitchen is used for washing. An Elsan lavatory is underneath the cottage in the shippon.
Due to the remoteness of this cottage, care taking is difficult. Visitors are asked to leave the cottage clean and tidy on departure.
The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages, campsites and bunkhouses are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.
The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.