Holiday Cottages near Wastwater Lake
Bridge End Farm Cottages are near Wastwater Lake, being only an easy 20 minute drive away. Our seven stunning cottages are located in the hamlet of Boot, in Eskdale, the perfect base to explore and enjoy Wastwater Lake and the surrounding countryside.
To get an idea of where our cottages are located in relation to Wastwater Lake click here. The first thing you see on the map is Bridge End Farm Cottages from above! If you zoom out, you can see Wastwater Lake to the North of Boot.
You can view the cottages via street view by clicking here. If you pan right, you can see the old 17th Century packhorse bridge which you cross to start your walk from our cottages to Wastwater, more detail below.
Wastwater Lake is a fantastic place to visit at any time of the year, because of it's sheer beauty and tranquillity. There is little development surrounding the lake, and much of its shoreline can be explored, all of it if you have a kayak!
If you visit during the summer months and like to wild swim, it's definitely worth an invigorating dip into the crystal clear water. Warm up and relax in a nice hot bath, or shower back at our luxurious and well-equipped cottages.
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The walk to Wastwater Lake from our cottages
There is a stunning walk from our cottages to Wastwater Lake. Head over the 17th Century packhorse bridge adjacent to the cottages, up past England’s oldest working Mill up onto the fell. Head up past the old ruined and semi ruined peat huts.
The walk actually only climbs a few hundred feet so is not an epic or particularly arduous hike. After the peat huts there is a short 5 minute detour to the 5000 year old and 3000 year old Neolithic and Bronze Age Stone Circles.
From the stone circles you can easily re-join the path. About half way to Wasdale Head you come to Burnmoor Tarn which is a large expanse of water there on the fell underneath the flank of Scafell. There are some stones to cross the shallow river that runs out of the Burnmoor Tarn
A little further along the hike, Wastwater Lake comes into view as does Wasdale Head and the distant view of the famous Wasdale Head Inn - the birthplace of British climbing. Descend from the moorland and head to the Wasdale Head Inn for lunch, afternoon tea or delicious refreshments like Great Gable Ale!
You can vary the route slightly on the way back to the cottages by taking the lower path after Burnmoor Tarn. This brings you back to Boot on the other side of the Whillan Beck stream and down through the farm with the large monkey puzzle tree which you will have noticed on your way to Wasdale and Wastwater. The views across the Eskdale valley to Birker Force are stunning.
The welcoming sight of the village of Boot and a hot bath or shower in your cottage at the end of the hike will put a spring in your step for the last few minutes of this awesome walk.