Spectacular lakes, river valleys and mountains can all be discovered on self-catering holidays in Boot. The valley of Eskdale is located toward the western edge of the Lake District National Park and is home to many of the region’s most beautiful walks. In the heart of Eskdale, the tiny village of Boot is an idyllic base from which to explore the countryside. Boot is approached by Hardknot Pass, which is one of the UK’s steepest roads, or Wynose Pass, another dramatic, winding road with breathtaking views of the area. Walk into the village from a holiday cottage in Boot and you will discover a rural Cumbrian community which time seems to have forgotten. On the banks of Whillan Beck, there is a mill dating back to 1578. Visitors can watch one of the last remaining two-wheel water corn mills in action and discover how milling has been part of village life since the 12th century.

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In the middle of Boot, there is a 17th century packhorse bridge over the brook, and a number of waterfalls and millponds where picnics are popular. A stroll from Boot holiday cottages, Fold End Gallery exhibits the work of local artists. The Boot Inn is a lovely pub serving award-winning food and a selection of local ales. 

There are a number of historic landmarks to look out for in and around the village, including St Catherine’s Church, which has stunning stained-glass windows and a mountainous backdrop. Just outside the village, Dalegarth Station is a stop on the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, which has run through spectacular countryside from Ravenglass to Dalegarth since 1875. A tearoom at the station serves homemade cakes and light lunches. Boot is a stone’s throw from Eskdale’s riverside walks, wild mountains, ridges and woods. England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, is popular among keen climbers.