3 (off peak)
Wasdale is probably the most spectacular and most unspoilt corner of the Lake District, and Roan Wood Cottage provides a wonderful base to explore this beautiful area. The valley, with Wast Water at its heart, is hemmed in by rugged mountains, culminating at Wasdale Head with Pillar, Great Gable, Scafell and Scafell Pike arranged in a ring at the end of the valley.
The cottage is in the tiny hamlet of Greendale and is one of only a handful of self-catering properties in the dale. Set on a quiet ‘back lane’ leading from the lake to Gosforth and the coast, the cottagelooks across the fields and woods towards the lake and the dramatic Wasdale Screes beyond. To the rear, the crags of Buckbarrow rise up steeply, and a path leads up beside the gill to Greendale Tarn. From the front gate, there is a stunning view up the dale of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain. Alternatively, the shore of Wast Water is a ten minute stroll through the bracken, from where you will see “the nation’s favourite view” of Great Gable and the surrounding mountains, reflected in the waters of England’s deepest lake.
The location will appeal to both those who want to “get up on the fells” and to those who prefer more gentle walks, soaking up the magnificent scenery.
The cottage provides comfortable accommodation for four guests, with one double and one twin bedroom. Downstairs is a spacious sitting room with a kitchen and dining area at one end. There is a small lawned garden at the front and private parking for two cars.
There are plenty of things to do in the locality, including Muncaster Castle and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, which are both a short drive away. There are two good pubs in Nether Wasdale, a couple of miles across the fields, and the famous Wasdale Head Inn is four miles away. The nearest shops are in Gosforth, which is a ten minute drive.
The entire Lake District is accessible for day trips, and the beaches of the West Cumbrian coast are little more than a quarter-of-an-hour by car.
Hugh & Wendy Taylor joined Independent Cottages in March 2010
Additional information: Electric heating. All bed linen, tea towels, bath mats provided but you do need to bring your own towels. Small lawned garden to the front. Private off-road parking for two cars. Private water supply.
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